Everyone enjoying their summer? Well, the blockbuster train keeps on rolling this week, with two more big flicks hitting the screens. Hitting cinemas everywhere will be both Channing Tatum and Arnold Schwarzenegger making returns to familiar roles, as Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys arrive set to hit theaters nationwide.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
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See the guys that have the goods in the trailer for Magic Mike XXL
The first Magic Mike (80%) was a big surprise, at least to this writer. Who knew a film with a terrible title about male strippers could score that well with critics? Even with Steven Soderbergh as the director, I was skeptical. But it ended up a big critical hit and that kind of success in Hollywood necessitates a sequel - even if the sequel appears just another chance to flaunt some bros around while telling jokes about the profession as a whole. This isn’t to say it looks bad, as I giggled a couple of times in the trailer. I’m mostly just shocked that we are heading for round two of this character.
Director Greg Jacobs is more known for his role as a producer, working on films like Contagion (84%) Edge of Tomorrow (90%), Haywire (80%), typically pairing with Soderbergh who directed the first Magic Mike. Now Jacobs takes a turn behind the lens in this sequel. I don’t suspect it finished close the original in terms of critical reception, mostly because that film probably outkicked its coverage to begin with.
That all being said, Channing Tatum is a mega-star who also has comedic chops to go with the requisite looks to play this kind of role. This combined with Jacobs’ other relative success in film makes me think it finishes above the halfway point for sure. But isn’t a critical darling. Reunion tours typically aren’t as strong as the original act but rather a decent chance to get the band back together for one last victory tour. That’s the theme of this film in more ways than one.