Paula Patton stars in writer-director David E Talbert's romcom about a woman's desperate hunt to find herself a husband.
On Film4: 10 May 6:55PM
When Mike (Channing Tatum) takes Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing at the Xquisite All-Male Revue, "The Kid" is a huge success. But life soon becomes more complex... Drama from Steven Soderbergh
As of summer 2012, Magic Mike represents Channing Tatum's finest hour. He proved in the riotous 21 Jump Street that he's got comic chops to match his more obvious physical charms, and here he's given convincing emotional depth to play with too - that is, when the script isn't having too much fun beguiling us with a genuinely smart and funny sort-of musical.
Although it's absolutely enjoyable on a hen night level - in the same way that you could enjoy, say, The Avengers simply for the spectacle - Steven Soderbergh's sexual commodification drama is smarter than that. Not brain surgery smart; pop-culture smart. Putting it another way, the strippers at the Xquisite Revue aren't the sharpest tools in the box, but they certainly know how to hammer home a point.
It helps that the performances are universally game-toppers for the actors involved. Matthew McConaughey is perfect as the madam of the stable. Putting it kindly, Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker, Beastly) hasn't necessarily been blessed with brilliance, script-wise, to date, but here, he's a revelation, delivering a believable and absorbing snapshot of a young man enjoying himself that bit too much. And Channing Tatum is a natural, which is to be expected given the whole film was his idea, based on his own experiences as a 19 year old stripper in Tampa.
In a nutshell: Musings on the nature of capitalism wrapped in a very pretty package, with plenty to say about bromantic relationships too, Magic Mike is a film for adventurous audiences of all persuasions.
By Catherine Bray
On Film4: 10 May 6:55PM
Director Nimród Antal and cinematographer Gyula Pados blend fact and fiction as they capture an obscure live Metallica concert in North America.
On Film4: 14 May 12:30AM
Inspired by the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, Old Boys marks the feature debut for MacDonald and producer Luke Morris, the team behind BAFTA-nominated short films, Je t¿aime John Wayne and Heavy
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