Friday, 14 December 2018

Three years on, is Mike still Magic?

YOU may think the world of male stripping would appeal to a niche market but the first Magic

YOU may think the world of male stripping would appeal to a niche market but the first Magic Mike film in 2012 proved a huge hit.

Its sequel, Magic Mike XXL, hits our screens this week, and on the basis of the first film it’s expected to once again show an entirely different side to the flesh meets fantasy business.

The first film was loosely based on the experiences of its star, Channing Tatum, who was an 18-year-old stripper in Tampa, Florida.

In it new boy Adam, played by Alex Pettyfer, quickly falls into the excessive lifestyle, using drugs and having sexual encounters with clients. The Full Monty this ain’t.

Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the sequel finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way — burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.

On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Joining the returning cast in brand new roles are Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Donald Glover (Community), Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (Step Up Revolution) and Michael Strahan (Live with Kelly and Michael), with Andie MacDowell (Footloose), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham).

The film is directed by Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs, who served as a producer on Magic Mike. Steven Soderbergh, who directed the first film, is the executive producer.

It will be showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse from today (Friday).

Review: David White 

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