|Posted by toby_newton on May 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM|
Film Review - The Full Monty
Ok, so I had the misfortune of sitting through the whole of the Hollywood Jock-fest, 'Magic Mike' recently, albeit with my amazing girlfriend for company. It was about male strippers-cum-dancers and the script was about as good as you may have already guessed it wasn't! However, around about the same period, I also had the pleasure of watching 'The Full Monty' for the first time since moving to Sheffield years ago. In a nutshell, it is a film about six unemployed steel workers who decide to form a male striptease act in order to save their relationships with their partners, and in Robert Carlyle's case, with his son.
Now I am guessing your average woman is going to say the pumped-up strippers in 'Magic Mike' are significantly more attractive than the down-on-their-luck, recently redundant, chancers from Yorkshire. Unlike their testosterone-fuelled counterparts though, they feel 'real'; they are genuine characters. Even the way the film is sot feels real, rough around the edges, but ultimately proud. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of pent-up testosterone and male frustration and anxiety on show in the Sheffield of the past portrayed in Peter Catteneo's unlikely classic. Perhaps now, even more so than in recent years, we can relate to the desperate need for Sheffield-folk to use their wit and inspiration to come up with new ways to make a living in these trying economic times. The film is not all bleak though. Quite the contrary. It shows what can be done when friends come together to overcome their inner demons; their dented pride, and life's adversities.
When I first watched the film back in the day, I saw it purely as a comedy. Back then I couldn't relate to worries about work pressures and threats of redundancies. From that perspective though I think that for all the laughs, this film was certainly an original take on the male bonding experience! For the ladies, well, I guess some would swap the cheeky chaps from the Yorkshire working men's clubs for the plastic morons from Florida any day of the week. As for which of the two movies' lead actors puts on the best 'show'...Carlyle wins hands-down - I mean did you have to ask?...the other fella is called Channing Tatum for heavens-sake!
Review by Toby Newton for Sync City Magazine 2013