I’ve been sick for the past few days so I’ve been catching up on all the TV and movies I’ve been meaning to watch. Magic Mike was never on that list, but I saw it available on HBO and decided to give it a go. I had a different reaction than I thought I would, given what other hetero females I know had to say about it. I do have to say that I admire the work these men had to have put in to get and keep their bodies in that kind of shape. Since I’m working on getting healthy I understand in some way the dedication that takes. And good on them. But I was actually pretty skeeved out by the guys. I did not like seeing them gyrate around the floor and grab their groins all the time during their act. I know it’s all a performance but I don’t like seeing men act that way. I’m glad I’ve never been to a real all-male revue because I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Especially if a man got all up in my face with his junk – I need to at least know his real first name before I get that up close and personal! I may be an old maid for saying this, but it’s just not decent to me. But to each their own. If a woman likes a slicked up stranger helicoptering his banana-hammocked member around on her, far be it for me to stop her from having her fun.
As far as the rest of it goes, I thought the movie was actually pretty dark despite all the glitz and fun found in the strip performances themselves. I have seen other Soderbergh movies and they all had have this kind of gritty feel to them, which I think this movie also exemplified. The yellow lighting you saw inside at night made everyone look a little sick and sallow. But then contrast that when they’re outside in the daytime and everything looks so bright and hopeful. The crazy madcap drug binges with the neon lighting and pulsing music and the reality of the vomit you wake up to in the morning (if you’re lucky). It definitely makes it a lot more reality based to show the darker side of living that kind of lifestyle. And it certainly doesn’t make me want to be a part of it. I’m boring compared to that and I’m ok with it. I’m a heck of a lot more like Adam’s sister who you see reading a book and who likes breakfast food. Bacon and Austen for me!