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It's Raining Men
on 16 July 2013
What could be more appealing to the masses than a bunch of studly men parading around in there all togethers? How about not that? I'm a bloke and pretty much happy with my role in the social spectrum, so when my partner and her friends decided to watch `Magic Mike' I stayed to watch it with them. A sea of man flesh is not going to harm me (apart from my ego as another washboard stomach goes by). `Magic Mike' is a snapshot of the life of a male review club that is on the up. The lead dancer is Mike (Channing Tatum), who perhaps wants more from the deal, there is the owner, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), and finally the new kid in town (Alex Pettyfer).
Loosely based on Tatum's own time as a dancer, `Magic Mike' is a film that has a sense of realism to it. The club is not huge, the audiences of adequate size - perhaps the dances themselves are a little over sold, but for the most part this is a typical Stephen Soderbergh kitchen sink type of drama, but with more baby oil. For the 20 minutes of oiled up men, you get 70 minutes of talking and mumbling to one another.
The spectacle of the dances is great - I am sure some people will appreciate them a lot. Tatum in particular shows off his prowess as a former dancer, the likes of Kevin Nash show that he was a former wrestler and can't really dance. It is the drama elements of the film that let it down. There is a central romance that fails to sizzle as the film is too downbeat and the female lead (Cody Horn) is dull. With no impetus between the dance set pieces, the film feels like a series of sparkling ups and then smack down into the doldrums. Soderbergh needed to hang more plot onto the dance sections, rather than shedding the story off like a pair of Velcro lined trousers.
Dancing, blokes, oil. You should probably watch it in HD for the maximum fun-age. My partner and her friends also liked the extras, in particular the one that just shows all the dances back to back.