Wonder no more.
A review by Manohla Dargis:
NYT Critics’ Pick
Those cheeks,smooth as a hairless Chihuahua,will receive considerable attention,as will the rippling muscles, thrusting pelvises and the dancing,by turns snaky and acrobatic,that are on generous display in “Magic Mike.”
He takes to the stage like an otter to water,slipping and sliding across it and into the lap of an obliging customer.
From the way Mr. Soderbergh shoots the raunchy,often hilarious vamping dance scenes (Village People Plus),his camera lingering on the undulating bodies —the other strippers are played by Matt Bomer,Joe Manganiello,Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash —it’s clear the director is out to maximize everyone’s pleasure.
“Magic Mike” is very much about the beauty of bodies in motion and the deep cinematic joys of watching good-looking people perform extraordinary physical feats.
The world,though,wants him to strip and shake his tail. That may not be the subtlest metaphor for the independent filmmaker struggling against the Hollywood machine,but like the rest of this movie,it works —beautifully.