An experienced male stripper — played by Channing Tatum, who once was one —initiates a novice, played by Alex Pettyfer, into the tricks of the trade in Steven Soderbergh’s delightfully sexy, disarmingly touching Magic Mike. Matthew McConaughey co-stars, giving an Oscar-worthy turn as their money-hungry boss and fellow stripper. Tatum, whose charm is as impressive as his abs, comes into his own playing a guy who’d rather be designing furniture than peeling off his clothes for squealing customers. And newcomer Cody Horn shines as the sister of Mike’s protégé, who’s both furious with Mike for dragging her brother into the scene, and trying hard not to fall in love with him. A smart, funny whirlwind tour of a world of easy money, hard partying, eager women and thrills both cheap and pricey, Magic Mike is Soderbergh at his sharp-eyed best.
At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema. Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where his father was the Dean of Louisiana State University’s College of Education. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university’s film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduated from high school, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh’s time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts… read more
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Magic Mike is the guy version of Showgirls with some Boogie Nights and Saturday Night Fever rolled in for good measure. Soderbergh's style only does so much to help you forget how dead behind the eyes, aimless and dopey the story becomes. Despite warming up to the charming, yet awfully-named Channing Tatum I like this movie less the more I think about it. And not enough Herman the Pig.
Soderbergh directed this? Ok. Well. I was painting my cabinets and this came on the tv and I thought, "Meh. What the hell. I'll watch it." And I watched it all the way through. But see, I really hate painting. More than this movie even, which, while it does showcase a certain technical proficiency, is really just Title IX Showgirls.
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A “major minor” movie about male strippers, or the Recession, or both.
Despite my initial hesitance towards this recent installment to the Soderbergh filmography, I finally caved to find myself possibly more confused than before I started. To start, one thing it does… read review
We all hunt for guilty pleasures in our lives and we either share that openly or keep it privately, except when film comes in and adapts the odyssey of our inner desires for an audience to see, which… read review
Mit seinem neuen Werk versucht Regisseur Steven Soderbergh an alte kommerzielle Erfolge anzuknüpfen, und das scheint ihm auch durchaus zu gelingen. Gerade ist der Film angelaufen, da ist bereits von… read review