Imagine a night club full of women looking to be entertained. The lights are down low, the smoke rolls off stage and the music begins, amidst the curtain, Romanesque built male dancers emerge. Fulfilling your wildest dreams and most envisioned desires, this is the essence of the Comedy/Drama film, Magic Mike XXL.
Magic Mike XXL is the 2015 sequel to the first Magic Mike film that premiered in the year of 2012. The film was directed by Gregory Jacobs and stars an solid cast including Channing Tatum as Mike Joe Manganiello, Jada Pinkett Smith and Matt Bomer. Guest stars include Amber Heard, Michael Strahan, Facebook fan favorite Crystal Hunt and Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover.
Crystal Hunt plays an eccentric character named Lauren. This is a great change of pace for Hunt and she has spoken openly about the joy and comradery she experienced while on the set of the film, and shared many funny behind the scenes photos with fellow cast members on her Instagram.
In this sequel, we find the infamous Magic Mike settling down in a quieter lifestyle with a serious relationship and running his own furniture business. He receives a surprise phone call from former stripper buddy, Tarzan that brings him back into the forefront of his former dance group. The dancers all agree that the ride was slowing come to a halt and propose going out with a bang by traveling and performing in a Myrtle Beach stripping convention. Mike at first argues and after reminiscing with his famous “Pony” dance routine, he decides to join the troupe on their excursion.
Among many shenanigans and experiences, the group finds themselves in a bind, searching for an emcee for their performance. Mike visits an old flame, Rome (Pinkett-Smith) who agrees to join the dance troupe in Myrtle Beach.
The group features six amazing music and dance performances at the convention such as Bomer’s soulful stripping and singing routine to “How Does It Feel?” as well as a dark, sexual fantasy dance by Manganiello to the Nine Inch Nails hit “Closer” involving a wedding and a sex swing. Among others, the convention closes with a jaw dropping duo performance with Tatum and dancer, Twitch to the R. Kelly song, Cookie.
This film features some of the best cinematic dance performances in the last decade, proving to be iconic and mimicked across the world for years to come. The soundtrack is even more stand-alone than the film featuring the famous Magic Mike song “Pony” as well as songs by 112, Bando Jonez and more.