My expectations were low going in and indeed, this is a long, slow movie broken up with some good dancing now and then. Characters from the earlier film* are fleshed out** and there is a merry-go-round full of cameos and other supporting roles. What could have been the romantic subplot is oddly subverted and only half developed and thus, this movie just becomes a very long wait for the next striptease.***
Where watched: Regal City Center 12 with Christi.
*Interestingly, though the character of Matthew McConaughey’s Dallas is explained away, there seems to be no mention of Alex Pettyfar’s Adam, even though he was the main supporting actor in Magic Mike.
**Hah! By which I mean their personalities are more fully developed as we’ve already seen most of their flesh
***I look forward to coming across the DVD at the library in future years so I can just get to the dancing.
posters from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/magic_mike_xxl.html
(best comment: We all know what the focal point is on this poster… Channing Tatum’s manatee-faced torso)
(the second one is a little more subtle)