Myrtle Beach is where the boys are in Magic Mike XXL. The sequel to Steven Soderbergh's 2012 Magic Mike is directed by his long-time Assistant Director Gregory Jacobs, who worked on the first Magic Mike film. Soderbergh did cinematography for the first time on this film and, while it has perfect focus, I found most outdoor shots overly lit and most indoor shots too dark.
Channing Tatum still has a hot bod for sure. And that comes into play in the stripper scenes. Is there one amongst us who'd kick him out of bed?
Jacobs has a secure handle on the film though it feels like an outline in search of a script. Much of the dialogue is obviously improvised. While the cast is generally sturdy, they're not Second City people and, sadly, it shows. Just give us some muscle, boys! A script with dialogue would really have helped.
Did you know Jada Pinkett Smith is in this? One of the few surprises this film offers. Most of it feels very gratuitous and, unlike the first Magic Mike film, not a serious look at the industry.
The main reason to see Magic Mike XXL is to see Channing Tatum in all his glory. He truly is beautiful. And a good actor as well. That is my sole recommendation for seeing this film. But maybe that's enough. Magic Mike isn't really XXL this time around; I'll give him an M.