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Magic Mike XXL

Summary: Mike (Channing Tatum) has been out of the stripper lifestyle for three years, and while his furniture job is doing well it’s not exactly flourishing. Add that to the fact that he is having some personal problems and it doesn’t take Tarzan (Kevin Nash) and Richie (Joe Manganiello) much to convince him to join them once again for their last hurrah.

It seems like Dallas has left the group for good and now the boys have decided that they will go out with a bang at a stripper convention. But not all are pleased to see Mike return, and some are downright insulted that he wants to ‘freshen up’ their routine for the last performance. With not everything going right though Mike soon finds himself on a road trip that sees him become attracted to Zoe (Amber Heard) while also having to come face to face with a ghost from his past, the powerful but seductive, Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th July 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Gregory Jacobs

Screenwriter: Reid Carolin

Cast: Elizabeth Banks (Paris), Matt Bomer (Ken), Stephen Boss (Malik), Kimberly Drummond (Caroline), Alison Faulk (White Shadow), Donald Glover (Andre), Raeden Greer (Charlotte), Rhoda Griffis (Julia), Ann Hamilton (Diane), Amber Heard (Zoe), Carrie Anne Hunt (Megan Davidson), Crystal Hunt (Lauren), Gabriel Iglasias (Tobias), Patrick Kearns (Slick Willy), Mary Kraft (Jessica), Andie MacDowell (Nancy Davidson), Joe Manganiello (Big Dick Richie), Jane McNeill (Mae), Kevin Nash (Tarzan), Juan Piedrahita (Salvador), Adam Rodriguez (Tito), Carla Shinall (herself), David Silverman (Scott), Jada Pinkett Smith (Rome), Michael Strahan (Augustus), Channing Tatum (Mike), Vicky Vox (Tori Snatch)

Runtime: 115 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

OUR MAGIC MIKE XXL REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

When the first Magic Mike film was announced way back in 2012 a fear (and much laughter) spread across the film loving world. Channing Tatum was starring in a movie about male strippers, it seemed like it would end up being a storyless excuse to get some male flesh on the screen and would end up being one of the worst films of the year. Yet it proved to be something very different as director Steven Soderbergh made it a gritty film exploring the sex industry and the personal make-up of those involved in it. Now comes Magic Mike XXL the sequel which has a lot less fear revolving around it, but sadly if you are expecting a film like the original you are going to be sorely disappointed because this film has everything wrong with it that people were expecting could have gone wrong with the first film.

Really alarm bells should have been ringing before walking into the cinema. No Steven Soderbergh in charge this time round, instead he acts as cinematographer while Gregory Jacobs (a man with two B-Grade movies on his directional resume), and then the news that neither Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn or Alex Pettyfer were returning either. Then just to add insult to injury Aussie star-on-the-rise Margot Robbie pulled out of her role before shooting began. So why was there such an A-List avoidance of the sequel, because obviously those stars picked up the script and read it.

To be blunt Magic Mike XXL is simply a bunch of music videos with male grinding joined together by a flimsy bus trip that tries in vain to make it seem like the screenwriter didn’t just write lines like “Mike takes his clothes while women throw cash at him.” The screenplay here is lame at best and it seems that both director and screenwriter knew that and instead just tried to do overlong scenes of dialogue in the near-drowning bid to try and give this film some artistic credibility. But the scenes are so long they become boring, the characters so under-developed that become disinteresting while the lack of any sexual chemistry between Mike and his supposed love interest Zoe means the film just fizzles out with no resistance.

In fact the lack of character development in this film is frightening. Screenwriter Reid Carolin (who did funnily enough write the original film) sets up all these interesting little titbits about the various characters but then never fully cashes in on them. I mean come on, a stripper who wants to be a singer, the moment of realization that Mike has danced with Tarzan and didn’t even know he was a Gulf War veteran, both plotlines are a goldmine for a screenwriter but here Carolin just seems to throw them up in casual conversation and then forgets about them.

The weak script here also dangerously lets down the cast. Recently people have been uttering lines like ‘hey maybe Channing Tatum can act’ well here his only worth seems to be to look pouty and take his top off. As a result Tatum comes across looking like a a dumb himbo who has nothing to offer Hollywood at all, it’s like he has flashed back in time and is once again the type of actor who is only hired for his good looks and not his acting ability. Still at least he comes off a little better than the female cast because sadly Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Elizabeth Banks are all wasted in their roles and you can only wonder why they agreed to do the film in the first place. The only actress that does get a meaty role is Jada Pinkett Smith whose character of Rome is interesting enough for her own film, especially considering once again the screenwriter here leaves us asking more questions about her than what are answered.

Aside from its soundtrack Magic Mike XXL is a complete let down. Gone are the edginess and the witty script that made the first film so different and instead we are left with a film void of much storyline and just held together by a few dance sequences that aren’t even as impressive as what you would get in a Step Up movie. Avoid, especially if you loved the first one.

 

 

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)

 

IMDB Rating: Magic Mike XXL (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Magic Mike XXL reviews: You can also read our Magic Mike XXL review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Monsters Inc 3D

Summary: One of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside.

Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children – and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 17th January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unrich

Screenwriter: Robert L. Baird, Jill Culton, Pete Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Daniel Gerson, Jeff Pidgeon, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts, Andrew Stanton

Cast: Samuel Lord Black (George Sanderson), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs (voice)), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose (voice)), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski (voice)), Daniel Gerson (Needleman/Smitty (voice)), Mary Gibbs (Boo (voice)), John Goodman (James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voice)), Bonnie Hunt (Flint (voice)), Frank Oz (Fungus (voice)), Bob Peterson (Roz (voice)), Jeff Pidgeon (Bile (voice)), John Ratzenberger (The Abominable Snowman (voice)), Wallace Shawn (Rex (voice)), Steve Susskind (Floor Manager (voice)), Jennifer Tilley (Celia (voice))

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:G

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Monsters Inc (3D)’ Review: 

While the cynics are out in force and busy complaining that Pixar re-releasing ‘Monsters Inc’ in 3D is just a money grab, there is actually a reason why the film is back on the big screen. Actually there are two reasons, first of all the next film in the franchise, ‘Mosters University’, is set to be released in a couple of months time and of course seeing the last film was released over ten years ago there is no way that most of the kids these days would have seen it.

The second reason is more of a vanity thing. When ‘Monsters Inc’ first hit the cinemas everybody was saying just how far advanced the animation work on it was, people raved about the how sleek the film looked, especially Sulley’s fur, so just how imagine how good the film is going to look in 3D.

If you haven’t seen ‘Monsters Inc.’ it centers around two monsters that are best friends, the gentle giant  James P. ‘Sulley’ Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman – Flight, Trouble With The Curve) and the wise-cracking green Cyclops, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal – Parental Guidance, Small Apartments)

Sulley and Mike live in the major city of Monstropolis and they work for the city’s power company, Monsters Inc, a company that gets its power from children’s screams. Each night monsters like Sulley and his vicious rival the creepy Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi – Hotel Transylvania, On The Road) are sent out into children’s bedrooms to give them a scare.

Surprisingly the monsters are also scared of children so there is a huge uproar when Sulley accidentally brings back Boo (Mary Gibbs – The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride). And while Sulley and Mike learn that there is nothing wrong with a child their boss, Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn – American Gun, Snow Dogs) wants Boo ‘disposed’ of. Now it’s up to Sulley and Mike to find a way to get Boo home before anything happens to her.

‘Monsters Inc.’ is one animated film where everything seemed to come together perfectly. Directors Pete Docter (Mike’s New Car, Next Door), David Silverman (The Simpson: The Longest Daycare) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Finding Nemo) had the film looking amazing on the big screen, scenes such as the door chase are some of the best to ever feature in a animated film.

The screenwriters also came to the party with a great script that provides laughs for all ages and together they came up with a great sub-story that may go right over the heads of children but will be lapped up by any adults that share the belief that big business are all evil.

And just to finish off what makes ‘Monsters Inc.’ the greatest animated film ever made there is also the voice cast. John Goodman and Billy Crystal shine as they provide laugh after laugh and they are well supported by Steve Busscemi who plays the creepy and slimy Randall extremely well. Even two-and-a-half-year-old Mary Gibbs does a great job with Boo, and it’s a shame that she has never really voiced anything since.

If you never got to see ‘Monsters Inc.’ when it first came out then you should be heading to the cinemas and purchasing a ticket right now, and if you did see it last time around then just remember it’s going to look even better in 3D.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Monsters Inc 3D′: Check Episode #16 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’. Dave’s other review of ‘Monsters Inc 3D’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:Monsters, Inc. (2001) on IMDb