RELEASE DATE: 09/07/2015
RUN TIME: 1HR 55MIN
|JADA PINKETT SMITH|
After three years out of the business Mike "Magic" Lane is called back into the fold for "one last ride". After Dallas left the boys high and dry, the remaining five members of the ‘Kings of Tampa’ hit the road for their last annual pilgrimage to the stripper convention in Myrtle Beach. Not so much a plot as a concept at best; this is all you’re going to get. ‘Magic Mike XXL’ is just 115 minutes of jumping from setup to setup of shirtless and/or stripping scenes awash in a sea of painful, witless dialogue. Look, I’m not sure who’s really going to complain about such a film, except anyone with taste who’s looking for an actual movie to see, and not this mess of bodies - but hey, what do I know?
I will give ‘XXL’ this nugget of credit - the dance sequences are incredibly impressive.
I will give ‘XXL’ this nugget of credit - the dance sequences are incredibly impressive. Channing Tatum can dance, this we already knew, but the other four "Kings" can’t, which leaves them to be nothing by eye-candy while Tatum carried the entertainment load all by himself. This is why they’ve recruited two new characters - Ellen’s resident DJ Twitch to share in the dancing and Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover to be the crew’s resident rapper/singer. It pays off, rounding out the performances with incredible choreography and skill.
Naturally this movie will provoke a legion of women to flock to the cinema in numbers not seen since ‘Sex and the City’ hit the big screen, but will it become a critical indy darling to rival its original? Hell no. If you’re looking for quality, find it elsewhere. If you’re looking for quantity (of hot bodies and strippers), then you’ve come to the right place.