The acting was absolutely brilliant in this film, not to mention the tantalisingly sexy dancing. Channing Tatum is well known for his epic dance skills having appeared in numerous Step Up movies and the like, but he really surpassed himself with these cool and sexy moves and I honestly do not understand how he can make his body move the way he does. Tatum has really shown himself to be an incredibly talented actor of late, being able to pull off sexy, cool and funny but also, serious, moving and thoughtful. I was a little dubious about the dancing/stripping skills of Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey, but they showed audiences that they're not afraid to take their clothes off and get down and dirty either. Matthew McConaughey might be getting on in years, but he's still as sexy as ever. You can see that Alex Pettyfer is trying very hard to move away from any sort of movie aimed at teeangers as he's played quite hardcore bad boys in his recent films. I was quite impressed by the level of maturity that he was able to convey through his character, Adam, and I'm sure that we'll be seeing him taking on roles in even bigger and even more mature films in the future.
If you're one of those people that can't even say the word 'sex' without getting extremely hot and bothered, then this definitely isn't the film for you. My seventeen year old friend who is the most naive and sexually-clueless being to ever walk the earth came out of this film extremely flustered, repeating 'there was humping'. If you think you're one of those people, don't watch this movie, you will probably die of embarassment about half way through the film. If, on the other hand, you love watching guys taking their clothes off and getting hot and sweaty, then this is the movie for you. A considerably large part of this film is dedicated to their 'performances' and the like so prepare to be fully entertained! The dances are brilliantly choreagraphed and executed perfectly. Now I have absolutely no issues with on screen sex or nudity, but even I was slightly taken aback at some of the 'dance' moves. This movie really is very, very sexual. Whilst the first part is all fun and games, things start to get serious in the second half as Adam runs into trouble and Mike finds himself caught up in it too. Mike isn't in the industry because he's too lazy to find a real job, on the contrary, he's doing it because it pays well and he's saving up so that he can start his own furniture business. As the film goes on, you can see that Mike is becoming less and less satisfied with his night time job and this is where the 'deeper' elements of the film come in. These parts allow Tatum to showcase another side to acting, which is the complete opposite of the funny, sexy Mike from the first half.
All in all, I was really impressed with Magic Mike. One of the only reasons I went to see it was because it looked so damn entertaining, but in fact there was actually a deeper story running underneath those naked bodies. I was slightly disappointed at the end of the movie because I didn't feel like that film had really come to close, but there will be a sequel, so hopefully we'll find out a bit more about where Adam and Mike end up later on. I would highly recommend this movie if you're in the mood to be entertained because it's laugh-out-loud funny but also heartbreaking at times. The acting is absolutely spot on and the dancing is pure perfection so this film is real quality, despite its sleazy look.