Favorite

Review: Magic Mike XXL 

click to enlarge magic.jpg

MAGIC MIKE XXL

***

DIRECTED BY Gregory Jacobs

STARS Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello

The most shocking surprise of the summer season, Magic Mike XXL is that rare sequel that improves on the original. Many will disagree, given that the 2012 Magic Mike was a critical darling (largely due to the presence of the revered Steven Soderbergh as director) and commercial hit (largely – solely? – due to the presence of all those rippling bods).

Yet that first flick frequently left me shrugging, with a plot that was often more soapy than gritty. The solution in this second installment? Remove the plot completely!

Or so it feels, as this outing offers little more than a road trip taken by Mike (Channing Tatum) and his fellow male strippers to a Myrtle Beach competition, with a couple of stops along the way. One is at an establishment run by Mike’s former boss and former squeeze, Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith); the other is the home of a friend of Mike’s latest potential girlfriend, Zoe (Amber Heard), a Charleston estate where the guys entertain a MILF (Andie MacDowell) and her equally appreciative guests.

Magic Mike XXL is a breezy, all-inclusive treat. It’s sexy, it’s stylish, it’s well-paced (and the dance routines exceptionally well-choreographed), and it’s unexpectedly pro-women, treating the female characters as respectfully as the male strippers do and reminding moviegoers that carnal pleasures aren’t only for the hot young thangs among us (props also to Mike’s view of God). MMXXL is an MRA nightmare, but its good-time vibes will hopefully translate into dreamy B.O. returns.

Trailer


Now Playing

Magic Mike XXL is not showing in any theaters in the area.

Favorite

More by Matt Brunson

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect Today 07.23.2018

Latest in Film Reviews

  • Review: The Equalizer 2
  • Review: The Equalizer 2

    A particularly dreary movie, one which makes no attempt to freshen up or even disguise its rote storyline.
    • Jul 17, 2018
  • Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
  • Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    The shock is that the unavoidable Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is actually a worthy follow-up, and perhaps the biggest out-of-left-field-stealth-missile surprise of this summer.
    • Jul 17, 2018
  • Review: Skyscraper
  • Review: Skyscraper

    Basically, Skyscraper is a variation on the Die Hard template, but there’s not much here that will lead to many declarations of yippee-ki-yay from audience members.
    • Jul 13, 2018
  • More »

Movies This Week

More Filmtimes

or

Right Now On: Twitter | Facebook

Copyright © 2018, Connect Savannah. All Rights Reserved.
Website powered by Foundation