“Plot kept under wraps.”

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Reid Carolin
Staring: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek, Caitlin Gerard
Release Date: February 10, 2023

Channing Tatum is back. Steven Soderbergh is back. My excitement level is back.

I say this with no shakiness in my voice. I am very excited for Magic Magic’s Last Dance (2023). I stand on a tall podium and shout down to anyone who can hear me that Magic Mike (2012) is a legit very good movie. I also say that Magic Mike XXL (2015) is not a good movie, and my fiancé wants to shoot me into the sun.

Magic Mike’s Last Dance does not have any of the vibes of the sequel. This seems like a very down-to-earth male stripper dancing story…as crazy as that sounds. It does make a bit of sense because Soderbergh has his hands all over the vibes and look of this Channing Tatum sexiness vessel.

Listen. Channing Tatum is hot. Everyone can admit that. But hear me out…Salma Hayek…yes please and thank you. Do you remember her from From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Alright, alright. Yes, I BONK myself. Moving on. Find a new slant.

I find it fairly funny that IMDB has the plot as “under wraps”. Magic Mike (Channing Tatum), whose actual name is Mike Lane, is a broke bartender who seems to have given up. Then the undeniably suave Salma Hayek enters the picture…as an unnamed character. She sparks a fire under Mike, and he seems to repay her with a sexy dance that makes up a large part of this first trailer. There are knots, blindfolds, abs, boobs, and really unfairly attractive people doing things no one else can.

Hayek’s character takes Mike away from his bartending job and gives him a chance to be a choreographer at a club that I am assuming she owns. Mike gets a chance to be in charge of the dances rather than waiting for an emcee to call his name. The moves that Magic Mike is going to be pulling off, as well as the vision that Soderbergh is emulating, comes heavily from Tatum’s work on his dancing Magic Mike Live tour.

I don’t know if that live tour had a finale that included a 30 minute dance sequence with pour rain and props…but I think that is what we are getting here.

Before leaving, should also point out that Tatum and writer/producer Reid Carolin have a ton of experience together. They worked on the two previous Magic Mike films, and he directed Tatum passion solo project Dog (2022). They have trust, and they know each other. I trust Soderbergh to fill in the minimal gaps of their two visions to make truly intoxicating viewing experience.

I plan on getting all hot and steamy with my fiancé when Magic Magic’s Last Dance when it comes out on February 10, 2023.

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