Movies in Review: “Magic Mike”

I was shocked when I saw that critic reviews were mostly on the positive side for this film. The trailer already had my interest because I would never turn down the opportunity to see half-naked men strut their stuff on the big screen. If the storyline was decent, then this would be an added bonus. After seeing the positive reviews, I became even more excited to see it.

All the women in the theatre cheered in anticipation of what was to come in the opening scene, however by the end there was no applause. The movie wasn’t horrible, but not great either. They should have cut 20-30min out of this movie, because parts of the storyline seemed to drag the movie down. It was cool watching the male dancers performances, but by the 5th performance, I was over it. Yes I understand that this was the premise of the movie, but I was hoping for a little more depth.

The actors cast as the male dancers were ok, but didn’t have me drooling. The only one who had any moves at all was Channing Tatum. I’m not a fan of Tatum, but when he takes on a role that fits him, my mind has a way of changing. This role was great for Tatum and fit him well. No one would ever deny that this guy has a great body, and even better moves. His dancing was the only thing worth looking at during the performance scenes. Another element that also helped Tatum to shine is that he wasn’t the worst actor cast in this movie. Cody Horn the actress who played Brooke lacked depth. She was flat and had problems delivering emotions with her eyes. She looked empty when the camera focused on an emotion on her face…blah.

This movie is for the women and my male compadres who are in to men. Let me warn you, you may feel a rush in the opening scene, but that soon will fade as you reach a point of exhaustion by the end of the film…C+


About tajgreenemoviesinreview

I am creative by nature, and analytical by design. My escape from the riff raff of everyday life is a great movie. I do not title myself as a movie critic. I am a part of the viewing audience simple and plain. I started this blog to give a real life review of films, as an avid movie goer. Movies are expensive, and not always worth the money. I hope my reviews help you in your descision.
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2 Responses to Movies in Review: “Magic Mike”

  1. Well, Tatum BETTER be good in this role, since that’s what he did before acting. ha. This movie is basically his autobiography! 🙂

    I’m surprised you were silent about Matthew McConaughey’s performance. I’m not watching this one, but if I were to, he’d be the only character of interest for me it seems. I’ve been hearing good things about his “Dallas.” Care to share your thoughts on him? I’ve liked his roles once he stepped out of the rom-com mold (i.e. The Lincoln Lawyer was phenomenal)

    • I actually found McConaughey to be just ok. I wasn’t impressed, but I think that had a lot to do with the fact that his appearance was turning me off. I really couldn’t get past his orange skin, and emaciated body. I thoroughly enjoyed him in Lincoln Lawyer, there was nothing special about him as Dallas.

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