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Monday, April 23, 2012

Director Steven Soderbergh Tries to Trick Us Into Seeing a Bad Movie Starring a Half-Naked Channing Tatum

It's taken me a while to post this trailer for Magic Mike because I simply can't make heads or tails of it.

It's not that the premise is hard to understand--a drama a rookie dancer (Alex Pettyfer) is taken under the tutelage of a more experienced stripper (Channing Tatum), who teaches him the ins and outs of the xxx party life. It's just that that's it. That premise is supposed to lure us all to the box office. Seriously?

It's not even a comedy, like The Full Monty? They're going to try to make this into something substantial? That's where you lose me.

Sure, watching Tatum relive his pre-movie star career ("career" used lightly here) by dropping his pants in a five-minute SNL skit is thrilling and all, but a two-hour movie? I don't think so, dude. And you can't be the only big name attached to this (besides the director, who I'll get to in a bit). After the surprise success of 21 Jump Street, I'm sure Hollywood is riding the coattails of Tatum's superstar status, but this project might not be the follow-up success they're banking on.

And Steven Soderbergh? Dude, you directed the critically-acclaimed Traffic. I'm embarrassed for you. This filmmaker came out of semi-retirement (you know, that term Hollywood heavyweights like to throw around to get us talking about them again) to make this movie? You don't come out of retirement to make bad movies; you get back in the game because there's a movie so good that you're enticed to get back in it again. This doesn't look like one of those cases.

Oh, it would be remiss of me if I don't mention that Matthew McConaughey, Tatum's shirtless predecessor, also makes an appearance in the movie, as someone named "Dallas." So, yeah, there's that.

Many ladies--and some of you men--may probably be the first in line to see Tatum strip down to his skivvies (or less, hopefully?). But will it be money well spent? I guess we'll find out on June 29th when Magic Mike drops into theaters.


Brittani Burnham said...

Hahaha. This headline made me laugh. Besides really impressing me in 21 Jump Street, Channing's only other thing worth seeing is his torso.

iluvcinema said...

It seems like with this, he may be just having a little bit of fun. I guess he like Channing Tatum ...

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