Film Review: Magic Mike

(Published in Issue 12 of my publication In Retrospect)

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If you’re in the small minority of the female population that hasn’t been reading E. L. James50 Shades of Grey this month, then you’ve probably been watching this. Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, follows male stripper Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) who teaches a younger performer, teenage drop-out Adam (Alex Pettyfer), how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

From the director that brought us the Oceans trilogy and thrillers including the fairly recent Contagion and Haywire, Magic Mike is certainly an odd direction for Soderbergh to take. Fortunately, his experience means that there is still something to watch and enjoy when there are no half-naked men stripping.

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Not-So-Childish Fairytales

With two of the most recent films being advertised on TV at the minute, it seems that everyone is having a shot at taking a famed fairytale and putting an adult twist on it to make it their own.

Red Riding Hood, currently being shown in UK cinemas, is based on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter. Directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke, Red Riding Hood follows a very similar storyline to Bella Swan’s vampire/werewolf love triangle. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is torn between two men; she is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). But which is the feared werewolf that threatens the village?

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