Magic Mike XXL picks up three years after the original movie and Mike (Channing Tatum) is out of the stripping game and running a furniture business. But life doesn’t always go according to plan and after speaking to old stripping pal Tarzan (Kevin Nash) Mike is tempted out for one last shebang with the Kings of Tampa.
So this isn’t a movie to be taken too seriously. It’s about male strippers for fuck’s sake – a subject that even in real life is often met with laughter. If you spy a leather-clad crotch gyrating to 80s rock music you can consider it a success. And when else could you say that?! At a Bon Jovi concert maybe but that’s the limit.
The plot is pretty thin and the story basically revolves around the guys driving to a stripper convention to shake their tallywackers. On the way they stop off at various places to drink booze and cheer up women. So it’s kind of a road trip movie.
The film doesn’t waste time on silly things like storyline or character development (maybe they just stuck with muscle development as the boys are looking huge) but to be honest it really doesn’t matter.
In the original Magic Mike the conscience behind the perils of stripping and doing drugs didn’t really mesh with the ‘let’s giggle at naked men’ ideal – so I was pleasantly surprised to find that XXL had dropped the moral compass in favour of more jokes and no consequences. It’s unashamedly racy and actually very sexy at times.
I have read a few complaints that the dance moves were ‘too rude’ and yes they were rather explicit, but you know what? I loved it. It genuinely made me feel….I don’t want to say horny that’s just OTT but…titillated? The film makes a big show of empowering women. Giving us ‘what we want’ so to speak. And watching gorgeous men with tree trunk arms – like Joe Manganiello or Channing Tatum – sweep women off their feet, is, undeniably attractive. I guess it’s just the female fantasy, having a big manly man who can scoop us up and carry us to bed, adoring and passionate. The same as all you men wishing for a threesome – it’s unlikely to happen but nice to think about.
And I genuinely think they hit the mark. As much as I might come across as a pervert, I’m not really and I never expected to find XXL erotic – in the slightest! But I did.
One of the things I really liked as well was the humour – I found it much funnier than the original movie and there were some genuinely comical scenes. If you hear anyone talking about the ‘Cheetos and water’ scene, well that was just great.
And Joe Manganiello is so gorgeous! I would literally pay real money for him to pick me up for a few minutes. That’s all I ask. Just pick me up Joe, please?
Magic Mike XXL is a chick flick at its core, something to watch with friends and have a giggle at. At 115 minutes I was surprised by how quickly the time went, I’m the worst person for sitting still in the cinema but it must be said – it was entertaining. And apart from quietly falling in love with Joe Manganiello (I think he might be my new Zac Efron!) I appreciated the fact that women of all shapes and sizes were used (except Tatum’s love interest, she was played by Amber Heard) it made a nice change and reinforced the ‘all women are queens’ theme. The dancing is brilliant and impressive to watch – Tatum fans will be glad to hear there is a workshop scene involving bare arms, smooth moves and a welding mask. A welding mask! What a feeling.
To be honest for a sequel to a male stripper movie they did as good a job as possible. They ditched the pointless morality and just made the film a celebration of muscles, groins and very happy ladies. So I guess you just have to decide whether to let yourself go or not. I did and I must say I really enjoyed myself. High five!
This post is dedicated to my friend Vinnie
Thongs & Dongs brother!