Magic Mike’s Last Dance – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes
Mike lost his furniture business during the pandemic and stopped dancing. Now, he works as a bartender at private parties. Mike’s latest job is at a charity pool party thrown by Maxandra Mendoza, formerly Rattigan. Kim, a former client, remembers Mike as he serves her a drink and tells Max about him. Max calls Mike into her home and asks how much for a dance. As a joke, Mike says $60,000. She calls his dance silly and offers $6,000 instead. To prove his dance isn’t a joke, Mike pours Max a drink, rearranges the furniture, and gives her the wildest dance of her dreams. After a passionate night together, Max believes every woman should have her experience. But Mike reiterates that he doesn’t dance anymore. She tells him to come to London on her private plane but won’t tell him why. She will pay him the $60,000 he quoted earlier if he does.
Max brings Mike to her home and introduces Mike to her butler, Victor. After a shopping trip, Max brings Mike to The Rattigan Theater. She acquaints Mike with the stage manager, Woody, and the current director. The theater’s running play is Isabel Ascendant, but Max hates it because it gives an overused premise: will a woman choose love or money? Max announces the play is on hiatus for four weeks while she creates a new show with her new director, Mike. Max’s revelation dumbfounds Mike because he’s never directed a play. Max doesn’t want a strip show or a play. She wants something new and revolutionary.
As Mike and Max iron out the details, Zadie, Max’s daughter, curtly walks up to them. Max missed Zadie’s appointment, but it didn’t surprise Zadie. Zadie questions Mike’s presence, and Max explains he is the new director. Zadie rolls her eyes and tells Mike that Max’s therapist described Max as the ‘Queen of the 1st Act.’ She has big ideas and loves to start them but never finishes them. Later Mike uncovers that Max is under the thumb of her soon-to-be ex-husband, Roger. They are going through a contentious divorce, and he bought the theater for her when they married. She must stay on Roger’s good side to keep it. Mike will direct his first play with an exotic show under Max while staying in Roger’s good graces.
The third installment of the franchise makes fun of the factitious play while being the play (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Like Isabel, Max has to decide between her estranged husband, Roger, or Mike. When Max is in a pivotal scene with Roger, the camera starts at Max’s eye level. As Roger gives his list of demands, the camera looms over her to make her appear small and insignificant. The camera levels make Max and Mike equal when they are together because Mike inspires Max to trust herself. He doesn’t think she is wild and unpredictable, but a woman full of drive and a hunger for life. This change in camera angle makes Max Isabel. So, labeling the play as shallow and sexist but having the movie follow the same plot is contradicting. The final dance is entertaining, and the sexy dancers are immensely talented. And there is a sweet 10-second intermission and a cameo from your favorites. If you enjoyed the first two, see this one at the matinee price on a regular screen with simple surround sound. Anything else is a waste.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
How much – Max
Don’t worry. You didn’t offend me – Mike
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t lying – Victor
Mom, we have to go – Zadie
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