Quick Takes: Hulk Vs. MAGIC MIKE XXL

This movie is a miracle.

HULK'S BEEN CRAZY BUSY SO HULK FINALLY TOOK TWO DAYS OFF AND WENT TO THE MOVIES FOUR TIMES IN 38 HOURS FOR A DELIGHTFULLY CRAZY MOVIE WEEKEND!

MAGIC MIKE XXL

OKAY, YOU KNOW HULK'S BIASED WHEN IT COMES TO ANYTHING SODERBERGH-RELATED, BUT HULK WASN'T EXPECTING TO ADORE THIS FILM AS MUCH AS HULK DID. YES, HULK HOLDS THE ORIGINAL FILM IN EXTREMELY HIGH REGARD TOO, EVEN IF IT'S FALL-FROM-GRACE, DRUG-ADDLED STORYLINE SEEMED SOMEWHAT OBLIGATORILY AND TAXING ON THE FILM'S STRENGTHS AND JOY. BUT ALL THAT MEANS IS THAT HULK WAS NOT READY FOR THE SECOND FILM TO BE SUCH A FUCKING REVELATION. LESS CONCERNED WITH THE SURELY-TRUE SEEDINESS THAT GRIPS THE MALE STRIPPER INDUSTRY, THE SEQUEL OPTS TO FOCUS ON THE MOST CONSTRUCTIVE SIDE OF WHAT "MALE ENTERTAINMENT" CAN OFFER. AND IN DOING SO, IT TAKES PEOPLE RIGHT INTO THE HEART OF WOMAN-LOVING SEX POSITIVITY. WHICH IS FUCKING AMAZING.

SURE, THERE'S NO CONFLICT, BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER. THE FILM'S JOURNEY IS A MICROCOSM TOUR OF SEXUAL EMPOWERMENT ITSELF; USING EACH JOYOUS DANCE SEQUENCE TO HIGHLIGHT A NEW ISSUE OR PERSPECTIVE, WHETHER IT IS LGBT COMFORT, THE MERE PURSUIT OF LAUGHTER, TRANSCENDING RACIAL DIVIDES AND EVEN HIGHLIGHTING LOVE AMONG MALE FRIENDS. AND EACH CHARACTER IS ON A JOURNEY TO TURN THIS THING THAT IS THEIR "JOB," WHAT WITH THE GENERIC STAPLES OF FIREMAN, NAVY, ETC., AND TURN THEM INTO DIRECT AND CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS OF THEIR OWN PERSONALITY (WHICH IS REALLY WHAT SEX SHOULD BE). AND RATHER THAN COMPETE IN THE NAME OF SELF-INTERESTED TRIUMPH, EVERY SINGLE MOMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO SHOW THE WAYS PEOPLE CAN COME TOGETHER (CUE HOMONYM). EVEN CHANNING TATUM'S FINALE IS ABOUT THE JOYS OF SHARING SPACE AND TALENT. AND IN THE PROCESS, IT'S ABOUT SHOWING EACH OTHER LOVE.

AND BOY OH BODY DOES THIS FILM HAVE LOVE FOR EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO APPEARS IN IT. AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM SHOWS DEPTH AND HUMILITY. PUT SIMPLY: EVEN IF EVERYONE IS A LITTLE NAIVE GOOFBALL, EVERYONE CARES. THEY'RE ALL LIKE GOLDEN RETRIEVERS. AND IT ALL CRESTS INTO WHAT CAN ONLY BE CALLED THE UTMOST REGARD FOR WOMEN'S RIGHT TO SEXUALITY AND A FULL-ON UNDERSTANDING OF THESE MALE ENTERTAINERS' "HEALER" DYNAMIC IN THAT SAME SEXUALITY. SOUND RIDICULOUS? THE MOVIE KNOWS IT DOES, TOO. BUT IT STILL BACKS UP THE SENTIMENT COMPLETELY: THEY'RE ABSOLUTE SUPERHEROES THAT STAND AS SHINING EXAMPLES OF HOW TO BE BETTER AND MORE ATTENTIVE MEN. WHICH PROBABLY MEANS IT'S NO ACCIDENT THE MOST POWERFUL CHARACTER IN THE FILM, BAR NONE, IS AN ASSURED BLACK FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR. AND WHEN YOU PUT IT ALL TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING HOW HULK KEEPS TALKING ABOUT HOW FILMS NEED TO  STOP FOCUSING ON WHAT'S "WRONG" WITH SEXUALITY (AS WE HAVE A LOT OF THAT) AND START SETTING SOME DAMN SEX-POSITIVE EXAMPLES, IT MAKES THIS FILM A BEAUTIFUL FUCKING MIRACLE.

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