Lite’s Movie Review Room
Male Strippers, Channing Tatum, Male Strippers, Channing Tatum. There are four reasons right there for our Queen of the Silver Screen Julie Fisk to see this week’s movie, Magic Mike.
“Magic Mike” stars Channing Tatum as a popular male-stripper in Florida, who aspires to be something more.
It’s funny how many Evites I’ve already gotten from friends who are planning a Girls Night Out to see this movie. “Magic Mike” is threatening to become the new “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for the “50 Shades of Grey” sect, but first let me tell you what I thought of the film, so the ladies can ignore me & go see it anyway.
“Magic Mike” is based Channing Tatum’s own real experiences as a male-stripper. Magic Mike is making money and having a blast at his job, but he seeks substance and credibility. Instead, he finds Alex Pettyfr, whom he grooms to be the next big stripper. Stephen Soderbergh directs this and with movies like “Traffic” and “Erin Brokovich” to his credit, you would expect more than just a stripper movie, and you would be disappointed. “Magic Mike” simply left me wanting more.
More comedy, more from the other strippers, more music, more sex and drugs. With a little extra grit, “Magic Mike” could’ve been the stripper version of “Boogie Nights” but instead it simply feels hollow. Let’s talk about Channing Tatum for a minute though. As an actor, he’s OK…cute and charismatic, but as a DANCER he is ELECTRIC.
This movie is lacking on most levels but Channing Tatum’s onstage sequences are so fantastic, they’re enough to fill many of those gaps & they’re the reason I’m giving “Magic Mike” a C+. In fact, I’d probably watch ANY movie that featured Channing Tatum dancing. He can even keep his clothes on if he wants.