Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Magic Mike XXL

Well pat me on the back and call me shallow because instead of watching serious dramas and falling in love with the Golden Age classics, I’m looking at the screen where Tatum is shaking his booty. And I’m not even sorry. And frankly, since I don’t actually really care that much about watching a well toned piece of meat thrusting his hips, I was definitely able to focus more and I started seeing a very strong message in between the raunchy scenes: female empowerment! So, as a female myself, I appreciate Magic Mike XXL for elevating women to a strong pedestal, showing how everyone is worthy despite their looks and demonstrating men respecting all women equally.

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Magic’s in the air!

The following post is about something that makes me giggle every time I think about it, soon it will be on the big screens and despite my strong humor against it, I’m probably going to watch it anyways. I mean, it is a movie that is deliberately made for women and the gay community, so how can I, as a member of the female population, deny them of my attention. Therefore it is quite the obvious situation, I am going to watch Magic Mike in the cinemas, I am going to enjoy it, I am going to talk about it afterwards and I am surely going to laugh about it before, during and after.

Concept of Magic Mike, if you still haven’t heard, is quite simple actually, an experienced male stripper shows the ropes to an inexperienced  stripper about everything from taking off the clothes, getting ladies etc. The casting is very six-pack-centered, which is expected when the characters are supposed to dance and entertain the ladies. Channing Tatum takes the lead, Alex Pettyfer takes the part of the novice, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer also join in and some female lead as well. While the movie itself is supposed to be slighlty based on Tatum’s own stripper career (I am not kidding), the casting of McConaughey seems brilliant. The guy is rarely seen wearing a shirt in his spare time, running on the beach, walking the dog and so on, but now he gets payed to do so. Matt Bomer throws away his clothes and I can assume that his casting was strategical from the point of view of the gay community, having straight guys strip is definitely great, but Bomer is a fantasy that serves a much more realistic base. Pettyfer is more of a hit and miss for me, depends on his character, if he is a bad guy then yes because he has that bad boy vibe but I am not sure he can act as much as he can show off his ripped body.

Before I continue, check out the trailer which pretty much tells the whole story anyway:


I just hope that the dancing will be good, Tatum can dance, but the other guys are pretty much a mystery because the trailer doesn’t give away much of the stripping and only shows the other stuff that is going to happen. As you can see, the new guy’s sister is a love interest! I bet you didn’t see that one coming.. or did you? I mean, you should have, cause what’s a stripper movie without some down to earth love story? Anyway, I forgot to mention that Joe Mangeniello is in it as well, I mean, since he rarely wears any shirts on True Blood, I guess he was another obvious choice for this movie.  I mean, seriously, what’s the whole idea of seeing this stripper movie, if all the guys in it are half naked on the regular basis anyway? I mean, all I can say is “Seen that, seen that, oh, and seen that as well and I guess I’ll see more of that on June 29th!”

# 278 – In Time

Justin Timberlake has left the music behind him and entered the world of movies with great success. Meaning he has been in many movies lately and I keep watching those movies although I have no idea why. In Time happened to be his action movie with Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Muprhy and Matt Bomer.

The whole point is that after a certain age people don’t get older anymore and their time starts to run. So it is basically a good concept, that time is a currency in the future  – time is priceless. The way they played out the concept wasn’t as good as one would expect. Not to mention the fact that they probably had like no idea how to edit this movie together – the time was running, there was like seconds left and it felt like freaking minutes. That was what made me mad – if the whole concept of the movie is about time, then the time during the movie should be running as realistically as possible. It could be done, it has been done – but American blockbuster action movies tend to avoid that.

Andrew Niccol who wrote and directed the movie has done many movies over the past 15 years, beginning with Gattaca, The Truman Show and Lord of War for instance. In Time might not be his best work, since I have seen the other ones, but the concept like I already said is pretty excellent. I would like to read a book with a similar story, where the alternative future is based on time-currency.

Also something I saw was the idea of driving between the levels, I don’t remember if they actually were called levels or districts – whatever. The idea was very similar to The Hunger Games concept – different levels connected by the high-way but they differ with people’s wealth. So when Timberlake’s character rides to the most highest level it seems very cool and everything up to that moment is absolutely brilliant – but then it starts to fall into the typical action movie black hole and it becomes ordinary among its other “friends”.

I mentioned Matt Bomer in the beginning because he is the first hero in this movie – having a lot of time, being like a hundred years old or something, he gives his time to Timberlake’s character. Sadly. I like him, I haven’t watched White Collar since the first season and I don’t remember why, probably because I had so many shows and I needed to prioritize. Anyway, Bomer’s role in this is small but he is still a hero in some ways. Not like Cillian Murphy who is this good-bad-good guy – I just adore him. I liked him in the Red Eye of which I still remember this one specific scene because I thought it was perfect.

Anyway, no other things to say, I would give the general idea a lot more credit that the actual final product but I guess it wouldn’t be fair.