Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Two Sides of Magic Mike

I admit, I am as amazed as anyone that Magic Mike might have more to it than a bunch of hot guys stripping.  But it is Soderbergh and so I guess I shouldn't be surprised there is more.
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The two sides are abled shown in these two articles out today - both in Salon.
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In the first article ("Magic Mike's Lessons")  it is all about the dancing, waxing vs. shaving , how to wear a thong and what women look for in a strip club as opposed to me.  (For the record, apparently - 1. Channing Tatum CAN dance, 2. Channing and Matthew McConaughey wax - Alex shaves (neither like doing either) 3. Thong wearing is inherently funny when guys do it and 4. Women want to ogle and go - unlike men who want to save and marry the strippers.)  It is your basic fluff piece with a chance to show the men shirtless.
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The second article is actually a review of the movie, which loves it ("Channing's Stripper Romance").  The reviewer loves the romantic story played out against Tampa post-housing crash.  The author sees Soderbergh looking at .. well, let me quote a bit.
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 In many ways the strongest element of “Magic Mike” is its offhand social portrait of the working-class strugglers and strivers and hard-partiers of the Gulf Coast, with its crappy, overbuilt real estate and its mortgaged-up visions of glitz and glamour. Not many American filmmakers would show that landscape honestly, and fewer still would grasp that in that environment a strip club is less like a tawdry escape fantasy than an exaggerated version of reality.
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All in all, it sounds great.  And, even if it sucks, it still has Matt Bomer in a thong.

1 comment:

dogowner said...

It could be soundless and I will still love it!!!!!!!!