Kyle J. Steenblik

Magic Mike XXL Will Thrust Into Your … Heart

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4 stars out of 5Magic Mike XXL
Directed by: Gregory Jacobs
Written by: Reid Carolin
magicmikexxlStarring: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Juan Piedrahita, Gabriel Iglesias
Running time: 130 minutes
Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use.

Magic Mike XXL was clever, hilarious, surprisingly poignant, and undeniably sexy.  I can say, unequivocally that I did not expect to enjoy Magic Mike XXL as much as I did, I can also say I was unquestionably outside the primary demographic.  All I can say is this film made me wish I were a woman.  Let me explain, given the general response from the female audience in the theatre I realized no matter how much I enjoyed this film, I simply could not enjoy it at that same level.  I really should add that the enthusiastic response in the theatre was not solely from those of the female persuasion, there were also serval men that shared that appreciation for the film.  That said of all the scandalously racy films to be released so far this year, this one is by far the sexiest.  I would now thank you all to stop laughing, because I am serious.  The sexiness aside, this film was a successful comedy with a surprising streak of gravity that will leave the audience feeling good, with a smile on your face and something to think about, and maybe for the more athletically inclined, something new to try.  At the very least, it should give you an appreciated for some very impressive dancing.

Picking up the story three years after Mike(Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL finds the remaining Kings of Tampa Ken  (Matt Bomer), Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tarzan  (Kevin Nash), and Tito (Adam Rodriguez)  likewise ready to throw in the towel.  But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.  On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways. courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

What more could I really say about this film other than it is far more enjoyable than it should be, or has any right to be.  I laughed my way through the film, sometimes because it was hilarious; others because it was slightly awkward because I had jokingly told everyone I had hoped it would be in 3D.  For the record, this film is not available in 3D.  The best thing I could say would be about the conversations that took place immediately outside the theatre about the subtext of the characters and the very real trouble they are having in their lives, and the fact that these people that appear to be very happy, are a little miserable, and find fulfillment and self-worth in making other people happy for a moment.  This was not pure entertainment, there was some significant art to this film that I fear may be overlooked because this film is about male entertainers.  My recommendation is do not let this sequel go by without soaking up the eye-candy.

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