Wednesday, October 21. 2015
Magic Mike XXL was a film that made perfect use of its very talented cast. Whether it was a returning cast member—like Matt Bomer—or a newcomer to the franchise, like Crystal Hunt, each person in this ensemble cast played their roles perfectly. Hunt's performance as one of Andie MacDowell's tipsy friends was quite entertaining, providing a great deal of the electricity that was woven into the scene. MacDowell's Nancy and Joe Manganiello's Richie cook up chemistry while Hunt and the rest of the ensemble cast are left to deal with two completely different worlds mixing. Nancy's friends—including Crystal Hunt's character Lauren—are all conservative, upper-class women, while Richie's ragtag group of male entertainer friends stir up their sensibilities in a scene for the ages. When these groups of people mix together, revelations are made and magic is created. Crystal Hunt proves her comedic chops in this one, largely drawing on her soap opera experience as a fan favorite actress.
Indeed, Magic Mike XXL allows its audience to have a great time, whether it's poking fun at the male strippers of the world, or allowing for fun flirtations between actors. It is true that Magic Mike XXL boasts one of the most attractive casts in recent memory, with Channing Tatum leading the charge. It is Tatum's life, of course, that is the inspiration for this movie. When he was a young man growing up in Florida, he spent a few memorable months as a male entertainer. Along the way, he picked up some great dance moves and also learned about the life of a male stripper. He got to know these men and grew to understand them and their choices.
Eventually Tatum pursued modeling and acting, and his career skyrocketed. But he never forgot about his gig as a male entertainer, and started to discuss movie ideas with friends once he became a star. One of these friends was the great director Steven Soderbergh, who signed on for the first Magic Mike film. Magic Mike XXL is directed by Soderbergh's longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs, who does a fantastic job with the material. While preserving the heart of the film, Jacobs provides us with a great deal of humor and fun. The last scene of the film is positive triumphant, reminding us of why we come to the movies in the first place. The cast and crew of Magic Mike XXL set out to deliver a supernova of a film, and they delivered.
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