So…just how magical is stripper flick Magic Mike? Check out what our Film Clubbers thought below:
‘It’s also the first time I’ve rated Channing Tatum – he doesn’t usually make the type of film that interests me but the boy’s got some serious moves, I was impressed.’
‘Acting-wise, Matthew McConaughey wiped the floor with everyone else. I actually quite liked Alex Pettyfer too, his American accent was pretty convincing for an English actor.
‘I really enjoyed it. Sure it’s not going to win any awards, but I had a fun-filled 110 minutes watching it and left the cinema with a giant grin on my face. Job done.’
IVONNE ‘Matthew McConaughey definitely stole the show for me. Both Tatum and Pettyfer were good but he made the movie even more enjoyable.’
‘I don’t think the film goes as far as ‘exploring’ the life of a stripper really, especially given that we see him during his day job once at the beginning of the film and then it’s not mentioned again!’
DAVID ‘I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I was expecting a full on ‘chick flick’ with naked dudes and not much else, but there was a surprising amount of character development going on. I might even go so far as to call it a serious drama…’
‘I’m still not sure I rate Channing Tatum, but McConaughey was good. Alex Pettyfer is the definition of vapid.’
‘I think it’s a combination of eye candy and an attempt at something deeper that does, for the most part, work.’
JAMIE-LEE ‘I….’tolerated’ this film, for what it was. I thought the story was very loose, just an excuse to show off the guys, and then they threw in the drug plot to ‘spice’ things up when it really wasn’t needed.’
‘Tatum isn’t that good an actor but the guy can definitely dance! He had the best moves by far…obviously he’s the experienced one in the bunch.’
‘Matthew McConaughey was the most convincing actor in the film – Pettyfer’s sister and Pettyfer were the worst.’
‘An average, instantly forgettable movie that’s a bit of fun for the ladies for a couple of hours.’
JENNIE ‘I quite enjoyed it, my favourite Channing Tatum role since Coach Carter.’
‘I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so gritty, but given who the director is I’m not that surprised.’
‘They could have found a better female lead, acting-wise Matthew McConaughey was the best even if I found him cheesy. Channing Tatum was the best dancer but that’s not hard!’
STEVE ‘Overall I thought the film was pretty good. A lot more to it than just men stripping, and there was just as much female nudity as male, which was a pleasant surprise.’
SUZAN ‘I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. It wasn’t purely about the stripping which I found refreshing.’
‘Channing Tatum provided a good performance and his dancing edged it over Matthew!’
‘Overall I enjoyed it, we had a good giggle.’
CHARLOTTE ‘I enjoyed Magic Mike far more than I expected to.’
‘I wasn’t impressed by the choreography, the group weren’t in synch with each other and it made them look amateurish. I also found it hard to believe that Tatum’s character had so many businesses.’
‘A surprisingly enjoyable film, it was funny whilst showing there is a seedy side to this stripping business.’
‘I truly hope Soderbergh doesn’t retire, this film was so different to his previous stuff and a damn sight better than Haywire.’
Considering Magic Mike was meant to be a sort-of biopic for Channing Tatum, he sure does surrender the show easily. Yeah he’s good and all, but Matthew MConaughey…stand up and take a bow.
Potentially an odd choice for a man who was once arrested for public nekkidness (enjoyably sent up in the movie), McConaughey’s King Stripper Dallas Rising is the best thing about Magic Mike. He’s charming, conniving, slimy…everything you imagine the owner of s trip club might be. Plus, he looks great in hotpants.
That said, Tatum is deservedly front and centre during the many dance routines. We knew he had moves – he was in Step Up, remember? But it’s nice to be reminded all the same.
The weak link is undoubtedly Brit up-and-comer Alex Pettyfer, although that might be more to do with his storyline being borderline ridonk than any actual shortcomings. His insta-transition from builder to baby-oiled stud to drug addict happens far too fast to be believable. We know there’s a runtime to consider, but still…
All in all, we’d call Magic Mike a good time. Does it succeed in it’s pursuit of serious drama? Not always, no. But it’s a whole lot of fun.
But just what is this Film Club malarkey all about? It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 10 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8
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