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Magic Mike (DVD)
Member Name: h_perry
Magic Mike (DVD)
Date: 05/10/12, updated on 23/01/13 (59 review reads)
Advantages: Good soundtrack and strip scenes
Disadvantages: Not much of a storyline
==What brought me to watch Magic Mike? ==
Well, living where I do there are plenty of bored housewives who are looking for something to fill their day, so when this film was released it became common knowledge! People in the street were talking about it and Facebook statuses were wrote about it, it became a sort of phenomenon between us all. Unfortunately for me I am normally the last one to keep up with trends and it was no doubt the same with this movie. I started to get bored with all this conversation about this particular film as I had no idea what they were on about other than this film had Channing Tatum (big positive) and it featured his life before acting as a male stripper that sold the film for me! So I trawled the internet as unfortunately for me I missed out when it was on at the cinema hubby put his foot down and wouldn't come with me, I am quite glad at this as there were a few school girl blushes when I eventually got to watch it!
The storyline of this film see's Channing Tatum's character Mike go through his daily life and how he works many jobs to try and better himself and own his own bespoke furniture company. However, the banks won't lend to him so he has to find other ways to support this dream. One of which is an ordinary job as a roofer and the other a bit saucier as a part of a male stripper team at Xquiste, where he is the predominate male lead. He brings in the most money and is therefore favoured by the clubs owner Dallas (played by Matthew McConaughey). When Mike goes to his roofing work one day he immediately spots "the kid" (Alex Pettyfer), he sees the young good looking 19 year olds potential and decides to mould him into his prodigy, a fresh young dancer who is more than capable of picking up the ladies thanks to Mike's help. These two become the main lead of the film and the film shows how their friendship progresses throughout the movie. The plot is definitely not the strongest but it does have a slightly believable feel, however the snippets of half-naked men gyrating on a stage is enough to make any woman forget the story line and concentrate on the "more appealing" parts of this film. Personally, I am glad I didn't make my husband sit through this film as he would have been bored to tears and unable to look at the screen in certain parts! This is definitely one to watch on a girly night in with a bottle of wine and a good box of chocolates!
As I have already stated Magic Mike is played by Channing Tatum, his overall performance in this film definitely does not match up to his previous work, it doesn't seem to me that he is acting in any particular way apart from in the dance scenes. His dance work is excellent, and it is very believable that he used to be a stripper! Many know that Channing is a good dancer because of his previous film roles in films such as "Step Up." The choreography of the dances are not used "stripping moves" you do get to see Channing's actual dance talent, he is a street dancer so this type of dancing may not suit everybody's taste, but combine it with shirts off and g-strings and I think a few might reconsider!
The Kid is played by Alex Pettyfer, he is known for his lead role in "I am number four", Alex plays a good part and he is easily a likeable character his boyish charm and good lucks see's him become a wanted man in the Xquiste club. In some parts of the film "The Kid" surprisingly takes all the lime-light, for me I didn't think this would be possible due to Channing's strong reputation with many women and I didn't believe this newcomer could over see him in certain parts.
Unfortunately, for me I was a bit let down by Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), his acting was reasonable but he seemed to be the sleazy character you would expect from a strip club, his dance moves were somewhat undesirable and made me wince slightly, I would have expected them to have wrote his character better as I bet there were a few women disappointed by this.
There are many other actors and actresses who feature in this film I have chosen to talk about the main ones as the others don't really play significant parts they just add to the film in minimal ways.
== Availability ==
The film can be pre-ordered from many film retailers, the DVD and Blu-ray will be available in most stores from 23rd October.
Summary: One to watch for a bit of a giggle