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Plot: Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.
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XXL is for extra extra large..dialogue, boring bits and plot holes
It was a long, odd and unexpected telling of a very short story. I won’t go into a synopsis of the story: you can read other reviews for that. Maybe the marketing of the movie had something to do with the resulting disappointment. Had been marketed as more ‘cerebral’ then the viewer would be better prepared. But since it was touted as ‘hot dancing’ that’s what you’re waiting for. And you do wait.
There’s so much dialogue. The script needed a brutal editing: the essential plot points and character ‘developments’ should have come out much quicker. The dialogue between Mike and the female interest when they meet is obscure. If they had the conversation they have nearly half the movie later, at that point, it would have established the character interplay more effectively. There were quite a few conversations had that make that little voice in your head ask, “What’s this about? Why are we getting this information from the character?” Ken and a new character have a long conversation in the front of the car about singing, but it too, could have been edited to make the point more clearly and quickly.
The ‘MC-ing’ (the Mcconaughy job in the original) was over-done. It slowed the movie down to snail’s pace. Stripping is all about ENERGY and the movie had none. It wandered along delving into corners and backing out again without adding value to the plot. (This might be a spoiler) Their truck goes off the road early in the movie because the driver fell asleep and the movie does the same.
The production values were noticeably low. The background sound transitions were non-existent: scenes were just slammed up against each other. This can be for dramatic effect (sparingly) but it was like home video just stuck together. Again, with the two guys in the front of the car, the driver slapped his knee six times while delivering his lines. Those sounds wouldn’t be picked up by the boom mic so foley artists would add it back in post production but why? It was an irrelevant distraction to the scene.
Tatum seems very relaxed in his role. Apparently these two Mike movies have loosely been about his performance roots: he was a stripper in his early days. He is listed as a producer but a script writer but maybe he was bringing back ‘the old days.’ There’s nothing wrong with that but you have to bring back the essence, the atmosphere and emotion, not all the detail.
Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer stole the show out from under Tatum’s over-grown-skater-dude’s nose. These characters
developed, somewhat unevenly, throughout the plot but gave it depth and heart. Without that the movie would have been unwatchable as there would have been nothing left to hold your interest. Yes, there’s some skin and a little bit of ‘dancing’ but there’s way better movies for that(even Tatum’s STEP was better.)
There were three good scenes which, in order of goodness, were (I don’t think these spoil anything):
1. Tatum and the garage table. He’s having fun and takes us with him. It’s early in the movie and promises good things to come (that don’t.)
2. Joe and the drink machine. Again, outright fun while developing the character. It’s a pity there wasn’t more of this type of scene in the movie. It would have rounded out all the characters.
3. Matt Bomer and “Heaven.” I think the girls will like this bit and not for the reason you might think. It was just really touching.
So when the plot finally reaches it’s ‘peak’ it’s pretty flat and lacking energy. This is where the voluminous mc-ing from Jada Pinkett Smith is just plain annoying. She played her character well, there was just way toooooo much of it. This whole section of the movie should have been longer(more dancing), but contrastingly, seriously edited to be much tighter (more dancing).
Again, this might be a spoiler, but you get the impression that some of the boy crew can’t dance. And If not, I still wouldn’t have bothered trying to disguise it. While the plot might have been trying the ‘live your dream at least once’ angle I don’t think that was done the least bit convincingly. I would have dumped (edited) all those ancillary routines into one and cut it very short, and if the mc-ing was still needed (the plot forced it a little) then it could have been put over the top and gotten out of the way much more quickly. It took too long to lead up to too little.
It may sound like I hated it. I didn’t. But I certainly didn’t love it. Those three scenes saved it for me. Even the surprise that the movie had tried (but somewhat, failed) to have more depth than the marketing would have us believe, was a nice surprise. It’s a shame it didn’t quite come off. I think an experienced script editor could have easily rescued it.
As for Tatum, I don’t know if he’s a good actor or just very comfortable in his skin. This movie didn’t ask much from him. He delivers his lines with conviction and you get the feeling the dialogue hasn’t taken him too far from home. However, I’m hoping this is the last of his over-grown-skater-dude movies. Yes, that’s how I described him before and that’s how he turns up in most of his movies: big dopey kid cruising around the set with his baseball cap on backwards, and dragging at his over-sized jeans. I think he’s capable of much more and hope he goes and tries. As Game of Thrones put it ” Kill the boy and let the man take over.” Maybe with this XXL meandering down memory lane will let him put the past to rest and he can move on.
“Magic Mike XXL” doesn’t have enough to satisfy.
It’s early July. The movies duking it out at the box office include one about a Teddy bear which has come to life and another is about a group of male strippers. The year is 2012. That’s right, the original “Ted” and the first “Magic Mike” hit theaters on the same day in late June 2012 and the first weekend in July saw them both going at it in Round 2 of their weekend box office competition. (“Ted” beat “Magic Mike” at the box office each of those first two weekends, and every other weekend that both movies were in theaters.) Almost exactly 3 years later, each movie had a sequel in theaters, but with one big difference. “Ted 2” improved on the quality of its predecessor. “Magic Mike XXL” (R, 1:55) not so much.
Mirroring the time between the two movies hitting theaters, the action in “Magic Mike XXL” takes place three years after the story of that handful of studly strippers leaves off at the end of the 2012 original. Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) is running his own custom furniture business, which was his motivation for leaving the “Kings of Tampa” at the end of the first film. He’s living his dream, but without the girl of the same. His budding relationship with Brooke is no longer budding and, to be honest, his business is not exactly bearing a lot of fruit either. Mike decides to take a break from his life to try to rekindle that old Mike magic, and spend some time with his bros, not to so much to share a six pack, as to show off his.
Most of the gang is back for the sequel (the most notable absence being Matthew McConaughey) and there are a few new sets of abs on screen as well. Mike joins the innocent-looking and spiritual Ken (Matt Bomer), sexually frustrated ladies’ man Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), mountain of a man Tarzan (Kevin Nash) as well as Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias), whose characters aren’t, ahem, fleshed out as well, on a road trip to a male stripper’s convention in Myrtle Beach. Their transportation at the beginning of the movie is a food truck. (Insert beefcake joke here). By the time they arrive in South Carolina, they’re down one teammate, but are cruising along in a much nicer ride.
The guys also make some new friends along the way. In Savannah, they entertain a small group of rich southern women, including Nancy (Andie MacDowell), who happens to be the mother of some girls they met at the beach. Earlier, one of guys accepts a challenge to dance for an apparently humorless convenience store clerk in an attempt to make her smile, and they all dance at the private club of one of Mike’s old, ahem, acquaintances, the confident, flamboyant emcee, Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith), in her private club for women, where they meet her performers, who may be familiar to fans of morning talk shows, quirky NBC sitcoms and freestyle hip-hop dancing (Michael Strahan, Donald Glover and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, respectively). Lastly, they gain a groupie of sorts in the person of a young female drifter named Zoe (Amber Heard), whose self-chosen nickname is too risqué for me to use in this review.
“Magic Mike XXL”, despite its name, can be described in two words: not enough. There is a basic plot, but it’s not enough. The story of the guys heading to a male stripper convention feels like just an excuse to put them in various situations where they can dance and act sexy. (If anyone reading this is tempted to remind me that that’s what this movie is supposed to be about, I’d like to say that the first film had an actual plot, and a pretty well-constructed one at that.) The rapport and the banter among the guys and between Mike and Zoe is occasionally entertaining, but not enough of the time. The dancing (especially with the big buildup to Myrtle Beach) and the amount of skin on display is well, you get the idea. I can’t imagine this movie really satisfying the target audience, much less the casual movie goer. “C-“
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Music
Director Gregory Jacobs
Writer Reid Carolin
Actors Channing Tatum, Juan Piedrahita, Sharon Blackwood, Alison Faulk
Awards 2 wins & 5 nominations.
Production Company Iron Horse Entertainment, Warner Bros.
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital, Datasat, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red Epic Dragon, Hawk V-Lite, V-Plus and V-Series Lenses
Laboratory FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA (dailies support) (as Fotokem nextLAB)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW (6K)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), Hawk Scope (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema