Magic Mike XXL: Film Review


The XXL in Magic Mike XXL does a great job in describing what you are going to get in this male stripper sequel – it is bigger, bolder, sexier and much more fun. I’m never going to criticise a movie where we see Channing Tatum (Mike) dancing as I LOVE his moves, but I would still say I prefer the 2012 original.

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Film Picks for July

Well, this month is going to be massive and that’s all down to two films- The Amazing Spiderman and The Dark Knight Rises- which means that there aren’t many other films that I want to see. Film distributors must have considered this a dodgy month so there isn’t many other worthy films seeing this July. The Dark Knight Rises in particular has scared off all competition because producers know that no movie can compete with it. While that is so, I have managed to find three other movies which could be worth a watch. But first, let’s take a look at the two biggies….


The Amazing Spiderman 

This has had mixed reviews and that is mainly because the previous Sam Raimi trilogy only started in 2002. It is a bit soon for a reboot but this does use different source material and it spends more time on Peter’s character, his family, his work at Oscorp and how he becomes the Spiderman. While I don’t think another Spiderman origins movie is needed, I still think I will enjoy this. I’m a big fan of Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker). The villian is Dr Curtis Connors, whose work on a regeneration serum goes wrong and he ends up transforming into a monster called The Lizard. It may not have been critically praised but I reckon it will do well at the box office.


The Dark Knight Rises 

I have been excited for movie since last year and I am so glad that it is finally being released. Besides The Avengers, I reckon this is the most anticipated movie of 2012. Christopher Nolan is a genius and the previous two films have been amazing (The Dark Knight especially) so the final instalment will definitely as good, if not better. After the death of Harvey Dent in the previous film, Batman (Christian Bale) takes responsibility for Dent’s crimes and leaves Gotham after being hunted by the police. He returns eight years later to find a villain named Bane (Tom Hardy) trying to destroy the city. Anne Hathaway joins the cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman as does Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Regulars Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman will also return.


And the other three movies which you may care to see….

Magic Mike 

Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey star as male strippers in this comedy-drama. Tatum is “Magic Mike” who takes on Pettyfer (Adam) as his protégé. Adam learns how to be a stripper and is nicknamed “The Kid”. Adam soon gets into the sex and drugs lifestyle and life starts to get a bit dangerous. It turns out that Mike wants out of the business and he hopes Adam will take over his role. It all seems like harmless fun on the outside but underneath the facade, the stripping business is attached to a lot of shady activities. This is a comedy in that you see the actors do routines and get their kit of but there is also a serious side to it. If you want some eye candy, this is for you.


Katy Perry: Part Of Me 

Now I am not one who usually buys into concert docu-movies and have never watched one before. But since reading interviews with Katy about how she deals with her marriage breakdown during her mammoth tour, I’m really intrigued. I feel this one is slightly different to other concert movies because it isn’t a puff PR piece- you are seeing a completely different side to her and she is revealing who she really is. While I doubt I will see this in the cinema, I would definitely like to watch it at some point.



Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 

Longest title ever! This comedy-drama is quite a simple concept and the title is very self-explanatory. Steve Carell stars as Dodge and Keira Knightley plays his neighbour Penny. When it is announced that humanity will be wiped out in three weeks when a meteor hits Earth, Dodge doesn’t really know what to do with himself and you see him plodding along with life, contemplating suicide and just feeling a bit lost. He strikes up a friendship with his neighbour and they go on a road trip to find Dodge’s high school sweetheart. This is an interesting concept and looks quite funny.