As much flashy fun as the domestic Magic Mike trailer is, it left many a viewer (the Screen Rant Underground podcast crew included) perplexed - with its emphasis on the romantic angle between the film's namesake, as played by Channing Tatum and his would-be girlfriend (Cody Horn).
Suffice it to say: a peppy rom-com was not what people expected, when they first heard that Steven Soderbergh was directing a movie about male strippers. (One in the vein of a Robert Altman production, no less.)
The new international trailer for Magic Mike not only offers lots of new footage, but also paints a very different portrait of the film - by focusing on the experiences of "The Kid" (Alex Pettyfer), a newcomer to the exotic world of risque entertainment provided by his mentor/newfound bro Mike - and other veterans of the biz, such as the head honcho Dallas (Matthew McConaughey).
Hence, we have a theatrical preview that feels like a more proper representation of Soderbergh's latest joint. Obviously, that also means we get to see a whole lot more beefcake, sweaty men with little covering their nether regions - other than patriotically-colored thongs and stacks of dollar bills - and a sense of camaraderie amongst the film's male characters. (Plus, some bromantic tension to boot).
Hey - it's a movie about men who strip for a living. What else did you expect?
If there's one thing that everyone should know about Soderbergh's movies by now, it's that they're never as conventional as the trailers might have you believe. Even the filmmaker's mainstream efforts (see: the Ocean's Eleven trilogy) usually boast a lot in the way of eccentric storytelling style, be it in terms of editing or the musical accompaniment.
Soderbergh's most recent film, Haywire, ended up feeling quite different that the relatively by-the-numbers thriller teased during its marketing campaign; it stands to reason that Magic Mike could likewise unfold in a manner that stands apart from its trailers. As always, we'll just have to wait and see...
Magic Mike opens in theaters around the U.S. on June 29th, 2012.
Source: Lionsgate Films UK
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