Just the fact that Magic Mike still remains one of the year’s best films is beyond shocking, especially with films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers still at the box office. Steven Soderbergh‘s experimental look at the life of male stripping not only managed to stir up a fuss at the box office, but it also gathered tons of overly-positive critic reviews, like the one I wrote.
I still stand behind that, because the film managed to surprise me in ways I wasn’t expecting. Not because of the half-naked dancers, but because of Channing Tatum‘s invested performance that went on to show that the man actually has talent and he’s much more than just eye candy for the girls.
The film’s outside intentions may be obvious, but the more you dig into Magic Mike the more you reveal the layers upon layers of subtext and just how much the film reflects on today’s post-collapse economy.
Magic Mike 2 doesn’t sound like something I’d be fully committed to, if only because Soderbergh’s film felt complete and unneeded of a follow-up in any form. Tatum spoke about a possible sequel and even a Broadway play. The play is sounding more and more like a strong possibility, while the sequel might come down to what they actually come up with for a script.
Tatum recently spoke out about wanting to maybe even direct the sequel, if Soderbergh doesn’t return. His producing partner Reid Carolin went on to discuss the possible plot of the second film, which might end up being a road movie. Here’s a quote, thanks to CHUD:
“You know, we are talking a lot about it. We have a story, and it is really ridiculous and fun. It’s a road movie sort of thing, where a bunch of strippers get back together. It’s more of a broad comedy. I don’t know whether it will happen or not.”
I’m still undecided on the matter, because the first film felt like something that was far better than what it should have been.
Do you want a Magic Mike sequel?