MAGIC MIKE (15)
D: Steven Soderbergh
Warner Bros./Film Nation/Iron Horse (Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum & Reid Carolin)
W: Reid Carolin
DP: Steven Soderbergh
Ed: Steven Soderbergh
Channing Tatum ('Magic' Mike Lane), Alex Pettyfer (Adam), Matt Bomer (Ken), Cody Horn (Brooke), Olivia Munn (Joanna), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas)
I'll be the first to admit that this movie looked as appealing as contracting genital herpes when it was first released. I think Channing Tatum & Alex Pettyfer are terrible 'actors' and this movie was advertised as some kind of girls-only Chippendale comedy chick flick bullshit.
What drew me to actually watch it was simply due to the fact it's directed by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, et al) and he always brings a unique style to all his work. I was actually pleasant both surprised and very impressed, this turned out to be a good mix between Boogie Nights & a serious, American version of The Full Monty.
This is actually the first thing I've seen with Channing Tatum where his character has any kind of depth and development and the screenplay is a very well-written rags to riches tale with a fable of morality running through it.
From a performance perspective, Matthew McConaughey steals this movie as the greedy Master of Ceremonies and brains behind the strip troupe. Pretty boys Channing Tatum & Alex Pettyfer also deliver the best performances of their careers, without having too much to do.