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Review: Magic Mike XXL

We sent a teenage boy to watch Channing Tatum take his top off for nearly 2 hours. Here's what he had to say.

Review: Magic Mike XXL

Copyright: © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT, LLC Claudette Barius Caption: (L-r) STEPHEN 'TWITCH' BOSS as Malik, MATT BOMER as Ken, , KEVIN NASH as Tarzan, JOE MANGANIELLO as Richie, CHANNING TATUM as Mike and ) ADAM RODRIGUEZ as Tito Tito in Warner Bros. Pictures' "MAGIC MIKE XXL," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

When Magic Mike was released in 2012 it sent shockwaves through the film industry (and lady’s… you know what) with epic displays of men acting irresponsibly and more than partial nudity.

Because we like being ‘fun’ here at W!ZARD News, we sent me (a teenage boy) to see the sequel, Magic Mike XXL to see if the package has somewhat… increased in appeal.

A private cinema, filled with mainly female critics (apart from myself and a creepy elderly man spotted making detailed notes through-out the film). Legs were poised in ‘comfortable positions’ (to my dismay) as Channing Tatum and crew walked out as a surprise to get the country’s critics ready for what was going to be an ‘experience’ to say the least.

Magic Mike XXL starts three years after Mike (played by Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life whilst at the top of his game. After a surprise visit to his hometown by his crew, the Kings of Tampa, they hit the road to the infamous Myrtle Beach Stripper Conference to put on one last blow-out (ouch!) performance.

Your experience watching this film will ultimately depend on your sexual desires.

For me, I didn’t have a pleasurable experience. I mistakenly took Writer Reid Carolin’s jokey advise and “listened to the conversation” – this only proved to show up lame conversation and a weak, predictable plot.

The ‘male entertainment’ does have some appeal regardless of your sexuality. I was admittedly gripped to the screen during the final scene where Mike, Ken (Matt Bomer), Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and Tito (Adam Rodriguez) pull off a killer performance by anyone’s standard – but I fail to understand how anyone can be consistently engaged with these ‘activities’ for the entire 115 minute duration of the film.

Channing Tatum does a good job through-out the film to keep audiences’ heads looking in the right direction, and Gabriel Iglesias’ character of ‘Tobias’ is great comic relief (albeit underused) – but Matt Bomer and Jada Pinkett-Smith are low points for the film, being ultimately unlikeable.

It’s also difficult to understand how the female population can enjoy a film which portrays them as one dimensional and animalistic in the most extreme ways – in which case, it’s fair to say that the representation of both men and women in the film is stereotypical and, ultimately sexist.

However, understanding that this is simply a ‘comedy-entertainment’ film and not everything released needs to be totally PC – it seems like a fun outing if you fancy the idea of watching a group of men take their tops off for almost two hours.

Magic Mike XXL isn’t a film to watch for the storyline or conversation. There’s no Oscar attraction and it’s not going to feature as an ‘In Conversation with…’ at the BAFTA’s – but it is fun, and provides good views (depending on what you’re into).

Magic Mike XXL from Warner Brothers is in cinemas nationwide now.

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