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Posted on the 18 June 2015 by Shane Slater @filmactually
For this week's edition of Hit me with your best shot, we looked at one of the biggest films of 2012 - Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike". As we gear up for another round of pecs and buns with this summer's sequel, it was nice to revisit this film to remember how strong it really is. Though its main box office draw was obviously its voyeuristic appeal, the filmmaking is compelling in its own right. Thematically, it provides a good commentary on the "bros before hoes" subculture, accurately depicting both its positive and destructive aspects.
At the heart of the film is the burgeoning friendship between Adam (Alex Pettyfer) and Magic Mike (Channing Tatum). It's a relationship that's adorably announced early in the plot, when the former turns to the latter and says "I think we should be best friends". As a sucker for a good bromance, this instantly drew me in and inevitably influenced my choice for best shot.
Click below for my favorite shot...
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Magic Mike While the film is very much focused on its male characters, I found myself appreciating Cody Horn's seemingly maligned performance much more on a re-watch. My pick for best shot comes from the scene where she's about to meet Mike for the first time and in my mind, it represents a great bit of casting and performance. With her face and her expression, you don't need to hear her speak to know that she's an uptight party pooper for these bros. Furthermore, the film's yellow filter gives the image a dull, monochrome look which adds to this notion of her as a boring person. It's also channeling some of what the audience must be feeling. Here she is, about to leave for a hard day's work, while these guys get to enjoy the nightlife as part of their job. I know I felt some jealousy.
The way Horn is portrayed and framed throughout the film was very interesting to me. On the one hand, the whole "enemies-turned-lovers" dynamic between her and Tatum is a common trope of romance cinema. But at the same time, she's so clearly the opposite of the typical "manic pixie dream girl" and I love how the film establishes that right off the bat with shots like the one above.

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