Channing Tatum returns as Magic Mike for the final time.
A third and final Magic Mike film is now in theaters. The Last Dance brings back Channing Tatum and puts his character back at the bottom after taking a break after the events of XXL. However, this time Tatum is by himself until he comes across Salam Hayek’s character. Again, Steven Soderbergh returns to direct the film.
“Magic” Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite (Salma Hayek Pinault) who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse and an agenda all her own. But, with everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he–and the roster of hot new dancers he’ll have to whip into shape–be able to pull it off?
To my surprise, this was a very tame Magic Mike film. This time, the story adds class and female empowerment, something the previous films were not about. However, this time Tatum’s Mike is shy and reserved in the unfamiliar territory he finds himself in. Between the two, Hayek delivers a strong performance and more of the film’s lead. The two have amazing and undeniable chemistry on screen. I would not be surprised if they team up again in another movie.
Don’t expect to see any other familiar face outside a couple of cameos. Hayek and Tatum are the only stars in this film. Unfortunately, despite a high-stakes plot and a strong build-up, the final act fizzles with a rushed and montage-like performance from performers no one knows, and zero names are mentioned. The film’s opening act and final dance scene is the only part of the film that saves this final installment.
I give Magic Mike’s Last Dance 3 out of 5 stars. Despite great chemistry between Tatum and Hayek, there was no reason to make the Magic Mike franchise a trilogy. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.