Thanks for the memories!
Excellent, Without a doubt!!
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
After the cult success of Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike (2012) - a loose adaptation of star Channing Tatum's experiences as a stripper (or male entertainer) early on in his career - it was of little surprise when a follow-up was announced. What made the first movie such a surprising success was the way it mixed the flashy dance moves with genuine character development, making for a touching and oddly sweet experience that also touched on themes such as the economy and the American Dream. For XXL, the focus seems to be solely on giving the audience what they want, and that means more abs, biceps and bulges.However, this all means a half-arsed story-line that quickly finds a way to get 'Magic' Mike (Tatum) back with his gyrating buddies. The end of the first film saw Mike abandon the life he was never truly happy with and realising his dream of starting his own company selling custom-made furniture. The company is either struggling or about to take off, but it's clear that Mike is still unfulfilled, and when he receives a phone message from Tarzan (Kevin Nash), he is soon enough on the road to a stripper convention with 'Big Dick' Richie (Joe Manganiello), Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and Tobias (Gabriel Inglesias). That's generally it. Magic Mike XXL's main issue is that the story seems to fumble around trying to come up with interesting places to take its characters.Very much a road movie at heart, the group find themselves encountering new characters along the way. With Cody Horn not returning (her disappearance is rather unconvincingly explained,) the love interest this time around is Zoe (Amber Heard), a gorgeous bohemian-type who doesn't seem to be put of by Mike's distinctly douchebag-y dress sense. There's also Andie MacDowell as a horny Southern lady who, along with her wine-guzzling friends, indulge in a private party. Mike also hooks up with his old friend/lover/colleague Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith), a sort-of stripper madame who hosts a house to entertain the ladies, and whose employees include the smooth-talking Andre (future young Lando Calrissian Donald Glover). There is sadly no return for Matthew McConaughey as Dallas or Alex Pettyfer as The Kid, who have apparently both eloped to Europe chasing a lucrative stripping deal. Gregory Jacobs also replaces Soderbergh as director.The new characters provide to be little more than a distraction from the meandering plot, which forces Mike and his pals into a few moments of utter tedium. When the film stays with the guys and just allows them to shoot the s**t, it's actually very funny, and leads to the best scene of both movies by letting a pilled-up Richie loose on a grumpy-looking gas station clerk. By trying to do more by giving each character their own emotional arc, it actually holds back a film that would be better served giving the audience even more of what they really came for, stripping. Even for a straight male, the dance scenes are electrifying, with the climax delivering an all-out dance-a-thon that allows each character their moment to shine. It made me smile between the dull moments, but this is ultimately forgettable stuff.
The first "Magic Mike" was a well disguised drama involving male strippers, "Magic Mike XXL" is just a straight-forward comedy about male strippers. Now the question is, "Is that a bad thing?". I'd say no. I didn't like it as much as the first one, but for a comedy sequel I'd say it's done pretty well. A lot of the cast returns, the story's more simplistic, and it's all about having a good time. It's not a soulless sequel only made to get money like "The Force Awakens" or something along those lines, it knows what it wants to be and it goes for it. That being said, there were some things I didn't like about the movie.One, Amber Heard, I know Cody Horn wasn't in the movie because reasons, but Heard's whole character just seems shoehorned into the movie. She's snarky, forgettable, and really only serves as a love interest for Channing Tatum. The funny thing is though, they don't get together at the end of the film, so it's like her being in this movie is completely pointless. Another thing I didn't like was Andie MacDowell (Nancy) and her group of like five friends. The group I've dubbed "Nancy & Co." also serve no purpose to the movie. The only reason they're in the movie is because the guys need a car, which could have been handled in like a third of the time. But instead, there's this really random stop to the movies momentum, as Nancy & Co. start discussing how they're unsatisfied with their lives/husbands. I'm sorry, did this just turn into an episode of "Desperate Housewives"? I guess the only real reason Nancy's in the movie is so she can have sex with Richie who's biggest problem is that no woman wants to have sex with him because his penis is "too big". Oh the humanity! If the biggest problem in your whole life is that your penis is "too big" I'd say you're doin' alright.If you want a movie that cleverly mixes comedy with drama, watch the first one. If you want a straight-forward comedy, watch this one. The movie's not bad, I had fun with it, but I'd rather watch the first one over this any day.
I'll be honest: as a female I just wanted to see beautiful male bodies dancing- that's what I came for, not the plot, not the story line, not even the acting really. Loved seeing Channing work his amazing body!!! A very talented, watchable dancer. Loved the convenience store routine with Joe. Loved the finale scene with Channing and tWitch. There were some good moments and some funny moments here and there. Could it have been better, sure. And by that I mean more dance time- with less clothes on- for Channing, Joe and and Matt. This is why I liked the first one better- at least their pants came off more often! The fact that both movies did well at the box office speaks to the market for more (even better done) movies that showcase male entertainers for the viewing pleasure of women (and men) who appreciate it.
Ole Sandbaek Joergensen
If you have seen the first, you have to see what they do in the sequel, it is not the same thing, we are not in a strip club, this is kind of a road movie fusions with a dance contest movie, in this case a stripper convention of sorts :)The first film was better, this is missing some of the people from the first film, kind of like we couldn't get people on board so we make another kind of movie. This still have it's moments, but we are missing something, it has the strippers, it has a lot of funny scenes, most of the strange characters are back and new ones are added, but it doesn't quite get up there with the first one (even though that didn't get a high score either).Again as with the first one, see it for the dancing parts, see it for the romantic comedy it is, have fun and don't expect too much other then being entertained.