Rain can make you happy that the environment is being nourished or makes you elated some much needed snuggle time with your loved one and intoxicate your connection all over again or blow it to pieces? Magic Mike does all of that.
In this last chapter of the franchise, Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Salma Hayek) who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse…and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he—and the roster of hot new dancers he’ll have to whip into shape—be able to pull it off?
No only does he pull it off (literally), but these well choreographed sequences will permanently sear you brain in the best way possible. To say that Tatum and Hayek have sex appeal is a mild understatement and their opening dance will have you running to a shower like yesterday. Let me reiterate that Tatum has single-handedly placed a fresh spin on the old Chippendales franchise and made it hotter and sultry with class. Yes, this film is relentlessly and overtly sensual, but isn’t that the point?
Having said all of that, the dances make up for what the film lacks in plot points and it was refreshing to see a seasoned actress (Salma Hayek) seemingly not seen as matronly in any sense of the word. Just because you are a woman of a certain age doesn’t make you void of sexuality and/or sex appeal. Spinning what women want from the female gaze and not just a male perspective, for me, is exhilerating. If I had another critical plot point, it would be the lack of attention paid to her being a Mom with a teenage kid clearly too fresh for her own good. However, what I do love about the teen is the entire film is told from her point of view (which explains a lot) and is another reason why it is vital to have women screen and review a film of this nature.
Is it uncomfortable to watch? Absolutely! Many critics around me would giggle (myself included) when a moment came that was just a little too much. I can’t speak for them, but I know for me, I giggled and say “Oh My” many times purely due to being out of my comfort zone. At the end of the day, Magic Mike’ Last Dance is a fun, escape for all the real life drama the globe is going thorugh and sometimes all you need is just that…a little cinematic get away if only for a few hours.