Joe Manganiello, left, and Channing Tatum in the comedy Magic Mike XXL. (Warner Brothers Pictures)
Following the 2012 comedy-drama film, Magic Mike, the sequel Magic Mike XXL reunites the Kings of Tampa for one last performance.
Though the first installment had a bit more of a conventional storyline, the sequel recaptures the joy of reminiscing the past and the enjoyable times of being with good company. With the popularity of the first film, the second installment delivers what audiences have been wanting to see.
As the movie starts, Magic Mike XXL moves forward three years later after Mike (Channing Tatum) decides to retire from a life of being a male entertainer. He is then reunited with his fellow male entertainers from Xquisite Strip Club, also known as the “Kings of Tampa” (Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias) after they persuade him to perform with them one last time at a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. By not being under the management of their past establishment, the men realize that they are free to experiment with even more broader dance routines to their liking.
While on the road to Myrtle Beach, the men have a few mishaps along the way, including Mike’s visit to his past. They are then joined by other entertainers, (Jada Pinkett Smith, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Donald Glover) as they help set up the performance of a lifetime.
This film was simply an unexpected delight to watch. The film was not dirty for audiences to see but tasteful for the eyes. I would also like to praise Bomer’s vocal performance in the film and Jada Pinkett Smith’s sultry character that made the film even better than expected.
Magic Mike XXL entertains audiences with choreography that stands out and differentiates it from other film franchises. The film delivers the type of excitement you’ve been hoping and waiting to see in theaters.
If you’re looking for a good time, let the men of Magic Mike XXL accommodate you for an evening of lively entertainment.
Magic Mike XXL
Warner Bros. Pictures
Now in theaters
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