“Magic Mike XXL” is a gas. Full of vulgar inhibitions, it is not afraid to let itself loose.
Set three years after “Magic Mike”, Mike (Channing Tatum) has stepped off of his throne as a part of the Kings of Tampa and started his own furniture business. A random and mysterious call from Tarzan (Kevin Nash), gets him back together with his brothers from the Kings including Richie (Joe Manganiello), Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), and D.J. Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias). Dallas and ‘The Kid’ (Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer from the first Magic Mike) have split to do a show in Macau; its up to the remaining Kings to do one last show, at the Annual Strippers Convention in Myrtle Beach, SC. The gang decides that, if this is to be the last ride, they go out in style. But they need the ‘Magic’ to get it done. .And that’s exactly what happens, with a little help from some new friends along the way.
Gregory Jacobs’ “Magic Mike XXL” has every bit the energy that the first “Magic Mike” had and then some. The story, written by Reid Carolin isn’t as strong as the original, but there is a sense that they had more fun this go ’round.
The movie had the feel of a smaller budget, but that didn’t stop the cast and crew from putting their everything on the screen. As an example, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are all captured in their magnificence by cinematographer Peter Andrews, nee executive producer Steven Soderberg. The biggest bang for the budget came out of the music tracks selected for the film. Just as the lights blaze on the screen, the beats pulse through you, matching the amazing dancing on the screen.
The “Magic” isn’t for everyone, but it definitely let’s itself loose and has a good time.