This is not a film review, per se, this is more like the experience I had in the theatre plus a reflection on an actor I like.
A couple of nights ago, I entered a movie theatre alone because my friends (as always) were late. I sat down, looking like an absolute creeper bent on watching a movie full of a$$. And who am I kidding? That was part of the reason why I was there. Anyways, so I’m sitting there trying to be normal looking, but failing at it—when I realize I was not the only loner. There were about ten other people there. The majority were women, one couple, and there were about three sitting alone trying (also) to blend in by scrolling on their cell phones or getting on the internet. These were heavy cloaked women. One of them was even reading a book. Goodness me…
Ladies, is it that shameful to watch a sexy movie on our own? Well, I guess it could be if people know you around the neighborhood. Honestly though, we need to stop being so uptight. Anyways, I digress…
The lights were bright enough for slides, but not dark enough for movie previews.When they faded a surge of other people started coming in. Couples, women, college girls, men—geez the only thing that was missing were babies and pets! Either people wanted to show up late, or they didn’t want to be recognized. I was sitting in one of the smallest theaters, in one of the smallest towns in a city. I suppose people knew each other, and they probably wanted to be discreet.
Then my friends arrived, and the MAGIC began. There was shaking, there was slapping, there was flashing, there were girls being tossed in the air, drug addicted strippers, gangsters, a funny comedian playing a jerk off, sex, betrayal, friendship and finally true love. Well, at least in a Hollywood kind of true love sense. Reader, I was so pleasantly surprised to realize that the film was NOT ALL A$$. “Magic Mike” had heart, Tatum was the stripper with a heart of gold. Should you see this film? If you:
1.) Like male nudity or have taken life drawing classes, go!
2.) Like a good tease, go!
3.) Like innovative cinematography and complex symbolisms (yeah, not joking here) — GO!
It’s really fun. I’m sure you’ll get a laugh. There are some political messages too, which gave us audience members a good chuckle.
Aside from that, I was happy to support one of my favorite actors, Joe Manganiello. Have you seen him around? I’m sure you have. He’s played roles like Alcide in TRUE BLOOD and Tobey MacGuire’s bully, Flash, in the Spiderman flicks. He’s really great. I started appreciating him in True Blood, and it’s got nothing to do with the fact that he looks like an ex-flame I used to have in Peru. Non whatsoever, hehe.
On a side note, if you haven’t seen TRUE BLOOD, you must. Their writers are good about leaving the best parts unsaid. They are the masters of cliffhangers…well, at least in the past seasons. This season’s been kind of slow, but I hear Manganiello is getting a good chunk of the new episodes, and that’s fine with me…just fine with me.