Rock-hard abs, bulging biceps and chiselled features. Getting excited already? Well Channing Tatum and his crew of hot male strippers are back with what could sadly be the final film in this franchise if the name stands true. Get ready for Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
The film starts with stripper with a heart of gold “Magic” Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) on a change of directory. He’s now bartending for rich people and through a chance encounter meets a wealthy socialite (Salma Hayek Pinault) who after a world-shaking lap dance, whisks Mike off to London to direct a new show at the theatre she owns (did we mention she’s loaded?).
Together they gather a roster of hot new dancers to transform a stuffy old play into something truly exceptional, and of course that involves Magic Mike’s excellent stripping skills. Salma’s character is doing this all in part to get back at her husband, who’s she’s having a messy divorce with, and in-part due to her seeing something in Mike that makes her feel truly alive. It’s refreshing to see the dynamics of power played with as Mike becomes a toy boy this rich lady.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance is a surprisingly low-key film in what has always been a fun franchise. The on-stage strip shows (and a lot of hot bodies) make it a very sexy watch, even if the story remains a bit predictable, and dialogue in parts quite cringy. While the film never quite delivers the emotional punch it thinks it’s giving, and it’s hard to feel too sympathetic to the 1% high-society people involved, the film is still a lot of fun.
Director Steven Soderbergh captures the intimate will-they-wont-they relationship between the stars perfectly, and the final on-stage dance finale is worth the price of admission alone. We had a lot of fun watching Magic Mike’s Last Dance and hope that we’ll be seeing Mike again on stage or screen soon.
– The Plus Ones