Two days, y’all. That’s 48 hours until Channing Tatum thrusts his hips on the big screen in “Magic Mike”. At this point, I’ve watched the trailer (and you can watch it above!) more times than I could count and my enthusiasm for the movie — which I predict will be both entertaining and funny and a really good film in the artistic sense — is through the roof. Here are six things I’m most looking forward to about “Magic Mike.” (With bonus GIFs after the jump!)
1. Matthew McConaughey reviving some of his Wooderson sleaze. My favorite Matthew McConaughey role is still Wooderson, the 20-something stoner who still hangs with high school kids in “Dazed and Confused.” You know, of “Alright, alright, alright”/”I love these high school girls, I keep getting older, they stay the same age” fame. By the looks of the trailer, McConaughey’s “Magic Mike” character, Dallas, is of the same ilk. He’s the owner of Xquisite, the club where Magic Mike and his fellow dancers work. “Fact is, the law says you cannot touch,” he orders his patrons. “But I think I see a lotta lawbreakers up in this house tonight…” Count me among them.
2. Channing Tatum showing off his considerable acting chops. Channing Tatum is, in my opinion, a triple threat: he can dance (as seen in “Step Up” and, from the looks of the trailer, this film), he can make you laugh (Have you seen “21 Jump Street”"? Hi-larious.), and, mark my words, he can act. We’ve seen his potential in films like “The Vow,” “Stop-Loss,” and “Dear John,” but I predict that under Steven Soderbergh’s direction, his dramatic acting chops will be as impressive as the butt shot shown in the Red Band trailer.
3. The “brief graphic nudity” and “pervasive sexual content.” That’s how the MPAA puts it. Need I say more?
4. The dancing. In recent years, pole-dancing — for women — has become a recreational hobby as common as pilates and dancing TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” have become ridiculously popular. But what about male dancers? Particularly, sexy male dancers? Isn’t it time for their moment in the spotlight? From the brief glimpses we get in the trailer, the dancing in “Magic Mike” is going to be off the chain. (Yes, I just said “off the chain.” Deal with it.) What if this spawns a whole trend where guys are exploring their sexuality via dance? What if Bravo does a reality show about a male exotic dance club? I can only hope.
5. The awesome women who round out the cast. For starters, there’s Wendi McLendon-Covey, who’s best known for her hilarious turn as the horny married woman in “Bridesmaids.” Olivia Munn, Riley Keough (that’s Elvis’ granddaughter, y’all), and newcomer Cody Horn play the women closely involved or related to the fellas, and I’m interested in seeing how Soderbergh uses their characters to show how the industry affects the real lives of the people who work in it.
6. The incredible display of “also starring” hunkiness. We’ve already talked about Matthew and Channing, but what about Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, and Matt Bomer? There’s a beefcake for everyone’s taste in this film.