Review: MAGIC MIKE

Some of Hollywood’s hottest stars playing strippers in a film – do we really need to review this? Regardless of reviews, many women (and quite a few men), are going to be running to the cinema in their droves to watch the likes of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer ‘take it off!”.

For those of you who need to know more about the film before you part with your cash then read on …

Adam (Pettyfer) is down on his luck, applying for jobs he has no qualifications for and sleeping on his sister’s couch to get by. A chance encounter with Mike (Tatum) changes everything. Mike introduces Adam to the world of male stripping. It’s filled with girls, big night’s out and more importantly cash, and lots of it! But both Adam ‘The Kid’ (stage name) and ‘Magic’ Mike are about to find out that all the glamour and partying can’t go on forever – can it?

While the good looking guys may be what is enticing people to fill those cinemas, there is more to this film than looks. It is not as cheesy as a stripping show. There is definitely substance. Soderberg gives us a glimpse into the not always glamourous world of the make stripper/male exotic dancer. Yes they have females throwing themselves at them (many a man’s dream come true) but all that can come at a price! Steven Soderbergh dares to get dark but unfortunately pulls out far too quickly – there are aspects that could have been further explored.

Magic Mike really is Tatum’s movie. Who would have thought that a film about stripping (which is very loosely based on him) would be the film that gets Hollywood to take him seriously? Not only does Tatum ooze sex appeal (it jumps off the screen! It has to be said that he is at his sexiest when fully clothed and showing off his moves!), but he also shows the doubters that he can act. He is now the triple threat – actor, dancer and HOT! This year he is proving that he is a leading man that will get people to the cinema (this is his 4th release of the year – The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Haywire).

Another actor who seems to be getting back on track is Matthew McConaughey. After a string of flops he is back making fun, entertaining movies, and for once, all that chest bearing is relevant and necessary! His portrayal of an over the top, flamboyant male stripper group boss is spot on – hilarious and dramatic to a tee!

Magic Mike is not just for the ladies. It is a fun, entertaining and engrossing film for all. For those who may be left feeling a little unfulfilled by the ending, don’t be too upset as there are already talks of a Magic Mike 2.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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