Magic Mike – The Last Dance, Channing Tatum’s dance will save us. The film review

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“First dance. Then think. It’s the natural order of things.” And Steven Soderbergh, for his new film, decided to take inspiration from Samuel Beckett’s aphorism. So, 8 years since the release of Magic Mike XXLthe sculptural Mick Lane returns to twirl on the big screen in the third feature film of a franchise that has conquered the globe and which has given rise to a highly successful theatrical show. It goes without saying, also in Magic Mike – The Last Dance (Monday 23 October at 9.15pm on Sky Cinema Uno and streaming on NOW,) the protagonist is Channig Tatum. It is known that the origin of this trilogy is the life of the actor who worked as a stripper in Florida to pay for college and acting school. But in this film, Soderbergh chooses to explore female desire and its variations, thanks to the presence of an irresistible and excellent Salma Hayek. Because the time has come for a woman to have what she wants, when she wants it.

Magic Mike – The Last Dancethe plot of the movie

“The world is not your friend and neither are its laws.” Like Shakespeare’s Romeo, Mick Lane contemplates the Miami skyline and his own financial failure. It is therefore up to us to make ends meet as a bartender at the pharaonic parties of the wealthy Star-striped Wasps, because the economic crisis, generated by the pandemic, has not infected certain elites. Totò teaches: “The same ones always die”. But at least in the cinema it is permissible, indeed obligatory, to dream. So in a sort of Pretty Woman at reversed parties, the blond beefcake equipped with muscle, but also with brains, he meets his savior at the party. This is Maxandra Mendoza (Salma Hayek), a rich and charming lady, who is going through a complicated divorce with a media tycoon. Galetto will be a ballet, albeit for a fee. Soderbergh who acts like a god (and is perfectly aware of it) orchestrates a striptease in which one gets rid of taboos, neuroses, anxieties, rather than clothes. It will therefore be a dance that will bury fears. A choreography in the domestic sphere, between the bookcase and the kitchen, yet very voluptuous. The performance awakens dormant impulses and dreams that seemed to have faded. And the charming Lady hires the stripper as director of a theater show in London. The mission, apparently impossible, is to transform a dusty and rushed play entitled Isabel Ascendant, in a sensual and consensual show with dancers with harmonious bodies. And despite Mike’s reluctance, the wealthy benefactor, in the wake of My Fair Ladywill reveal the hidden talents of the former stripper.

Dancing with the stars, between desire and respect

Introduced by the considerations expressed by the narrative voice of Zadie (Jemelia George), Maxandra’s adopted daughter, and embellished by the jokes of the very British butler Victor (Ayub Khan-Din), Magic Mike’s last dance is not just a sparkling musical comedy and not even the answer to the TV series. Behind the rhythmic acrobatics and sophisticated comedy dialogues, Soderbergh reflects on the rules of attraction in the time of #MeToo. A successful operation thanks above all to the choice of the protagonists. If Channing Tatum is essential, like angostura in a Manhattan cocktail, Salma Hayek demonstrates all her comic vis because you can be funny and at the same time ineluctably sexy. Her irrepressible character refers to certain heroines who are protagonists of the cinema Lina Wertmüller. Travolta in a dance inspired by the tango of Conformist by Bernardo Bertolucci, the actress is an exuberant goddess of love, despite not showing anything. And it is no coincidence that the feature film ends with a passionate duet between Mike in the pouring rain. Because, as the choreographer Mats Ek teaches: “The god Shiva created the universe with his dance. But dance is the opposite of all divine claims. Dance is an eternal attempt, like writing on water. Dance is not life, but it keeps alive all the little things that make up the big thing.”