Magic Mike XXL: Movie Review

"Magic Mike" was simply magical when it was released three years ago. Beyond its sensual interior, the film brought in a very deep look into the lives of a group of male entertainers. It wasn't just about males stripping,gyrating or being funny, it was the intimate nuances and characters that sucked as in. Unfortunately, much of this magic is gone in "Magic Mike XXL". While it still serves the purpose of titillating a certain portion of the population, it isn't as rewarding for the adventurous types.

Picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Mike 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 in the annual stripper convention on the Fourth of July. 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.

As sequels goes, this is definitely an inferior version of its predecessor. Sadly, "Magic Mike XXL" feels like a cop out to what the original meant to us. The film lacks the story, emotional and character depth that we loved three years ago. While we can't say anything bad about the choreography and dance sequences, they were great and fun to watch and drove the film forward, we just couldn't get into the film as it struggled to be deeper than its source material. In fact, there were long sequences of chatter between characters and secondary characters. That's not a bad thing in most scenarios but when all they do is talk about shallow things, the experience is less deep but more a slow stutter into the next strip show. If you expect to be stunned by dancing male entertainers, you may just get your money's worth. The film has a load of laughs and comedic sequences as well. But expect more, then you may just leave a little bit disappointed.

Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- choreography is great
- Channing Tatum is an awesome dancer

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- so shallow especially when compared to the original

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