Steven Soderbergh continues his streak as one of modern cinema’s most unpredictable, genre-skipping directors (his last few films were a spy thriller, a medical disaster film, a documentary, a true-crime comedy, and an experimental character sketch of a prostitute, respectively) with Magic Mike, a dramedy about a male stripper who really just wants to design custom furniture even as he takes a new young dancer “under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.” Yep, really.
Much like Soderbergh’s chameleonic career, the schizoid trailer skips from light comedy to character sketch to boy-meets-girl drama to cheesy romance (from around :40 all the way to the end of the trailer, the soundtrack sounds like something you would shop for jeans to at a mall), all while featuring Channing Tatum as the charismatic and funny leading man that 21 Jump Street surprisingly showed us all he could be.
While the trailer makes it appear to be one of Soderbergh’s Pop Trifles rather than one of his Serious Artist Films, here’s hoping the combination of the seasoned director and the charming Tatum produce something a little more solid and substantive than the Magic Mike trailer has to offer.
Magic Mike hits theaters on June 29.
What did you think of the trailer?