Inspired by leading man Channing Tatum’s real-life background in male stripping, before he hit it big in the movies, Magic Mike
is an accomplished, rounded slice of often-delicious entertainment. It’s also the kind of film that’s set to be enjoyed time and time again.
At the heart of it are a bunch of men who strip for a living. They include a buffed-up Matthew McConaughey, the aforementioned Tatum, and the new young entrant to their profession, played by Alex Pettyfer. Each of them is convincing in their roles, and looking non-too-shabby.
Yet Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, has far more in its locker than a straight hour or two of men taking their clothes off. The film digs into the lives of the leading men when they’re off the stage, in the case of Tatum’s lead character, the difficulty of romance, too. That makes Magic Mike both deeper and a little uneven, certainly. But its proverbial finger is never far from the entertainment button.
The disc release is hardly exhaustive, but it does have extra behind the scenes material that’s worth taking a look at. It’s all got a promotional sheen on it, and it’s disappointing the extras don’t go much further than that. But Magic Mike is still a fine release, and a strong film. --Jon Foster