MAGIC MIKE XXL | REVIEW

MAGIC MIKE XXL is what it is; a man movie designed as a about a group of guys who really take gratuitous male sluttiness to the level that women (and some gay gents) will get freaking excited over and scream like teenagers at a Bieber concert. Imagine if it was the other way around – would totally be banned the world over but strippers, male and female make their money from grinding and turning people on and this movie embraces it, and what’s best, it has a freaking fun time doing it. MAGIC MIKE XXL is out today in Australia from the folks at Warner Bros/ Roadshow Films, is rated MA15+ and runs for 115mins. Get out there and get your Chanchan on!!

 

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MAGIC MIKE XXL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | STAR WARS MAGIC MIKE XXL POSTER – ARTIST UNKNOWN BUT RELEASED BY THE MAKERS OF MAGIC MIKE XXL

 

BY JASON KING

I had the absolute pleasure of entering the ladies den on Monday night. I took one of the besties, Brookie, to the Australian premiere of MAGIC MIKE XXL, it was the world’s largest premiere and was ran by and Hoyts Australia and a pop up cinema was created in 24hrs in the Sydney Entertainment Centre, that now has the hideous name of the Qantas Credit Union Arena, until sadly it is torn down later in the year. The cinema seated 5000 people, well let’s say 4900 screaming and very sexually turned on women and 100 men – no seriously – here is the gent’s toilet at the premiere!!

 

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MAGIC MIKE XXL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MEN’S TOILETS AT MAGIC MIKE PREMIERE

 

But I don’t take care – I would’ve taken on 4900 women to get closer to my Chanchan haha. It was a fabulous evening and perfectly ran, excluding the ridiculous NO PHOTOS Nazis trolling the red carpet, apparently if invited you weren’t allowed to take photos but they could not stop people at the QnA afterwards where we all got personal with Chanchan, , director Greg Jacobs and writer/producer Reid Carolin. The guys were all so much fun and genuinely had a ball and answered questions and laughed as much as we did. How Channing handles all the screaming love gushes from people I will never know, would be pretty nice for the ego, but it appears he has none, he is just a freaking awesome guy!!

 

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MAGIC MIKE XXL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MIKE () AND THE BOYS STRUT THEIR STUFF

 

MAGIC MIKE XXL as a movie is not as skilled as the first one, Soderbergh definitely makes a better, more nuanced screenplay and production, the crazy thing is he was the DOP and editor of the movie, this was brilliant! But even though this has so many flaws I much preferred the film to the first instalment. It never takes anything seriously and you can just see the fun oozing from the pores of every single person in the movie. This movie was basically an excuse to get most of the guys back together for a road movie to a stripper convention. Throw in some choreography, horny people, mostly naked men, 6 packs that deserve their own credits, some good music and strutting her stuff and #winning!!

They explain away all the missing cast quite well and hit the road, dance a lot, do a lot of unsafe for work viewing routines and make you laugh and smile a damn lot. You just can’t help yourself but be enamoured with the guys. Only a few of them can really dance but they successfully make it all work. And really, when Channing is nearly naked you don’t really look anywhere else.

 

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MAGIC MIKE XXL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MIKE (CHANNING TATUM) AND KEN (MATT BOMER)

 

The acting is all fine, the choreography is brilliant but really, you don’t give a shit about the acting if going to see a , you are there for a meat market and to see how many clothes the boys remove, believe me, you will be very happy with the results.

Jada Pinkett Smith really gets into her role as a “queen” there to ensure ladies are pleased and pleasured and does a fantastic job as the boys’ MC. I also may have a small lady crush on , she is so gorgeous and I loved her character.

I did notice that the movie was incredibly politically correct in who the boys strip for, in every scene they strip there is always a mix of skin tone and the film spent a lot of time pleasing the larger sized ladies, this was impressive, I mean, they are just ladies regardless of size, age or skin tone but the movie really screamed it into your face that they love pleasing the larger ladies, except for that last strip, that was all about Channing going X rated all over Amber Heard.

 

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MAGIC MIKE XXL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | ROME (JADA PINKETT SMITH) MC FOR THE BOYS

 

The movie hits every note that it is supposed to and just so happens to be hysterical, filmed well, acted well with some incredible scenes. Forgive the glaring plot holes, errors and realism, go with the flow, have a bloody ball, and laugh and scream as much as you can. It is so much better than the first one because it embraced fun. While it was serious in the first instalment, I found the guys a turn-off and more dirty pieces of trash that occasionally looked great but in this they were loveable larrikins. And from Brookie (I tend to agree) “this isn’t just a chick flick, I really think straight guys would love it.” Brookie said it was pretty much a more sexually loose bunch of guys not much different from ENTOURAGE, and said boys go on a and hit on/ pleasure women, nothing straighter than that haha.

Watching it in a 5000 person filled cinema with Channing sitting just off to the side of the screen was the ultimate venue to experience this movie and nothing will compare in a movie hearing the roars of laughter, screaming and panting at Chanchan, and most of that was just from me.

 

3 and a Half Pops

 

 

Jason King is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is a passionate hater of everything Tony Abbott. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).