My hopes for this past weekend were to go watch either Pixar's Brave or Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Instead, Saturday concluded with a “girls’ night out” in which I was presented with the choice between either Hysteria or Magic Mike. Faced with the proposition of seeing either Victorian costumes or male strippers, I undoubtedly chose the former.
A film centered on such a racy topic in such a staid era featuring some very fine actors has much potential. However, the greatest compliment I can give to this film, is that it is innocuous. While seeing such low-brow humor presented in such a high-browed fashion was fun at first, the overall story left much to be desired. The general plot of the film is nearly identical to most other romantic comedies currently being made. That being said, I wasn’t really disappointed, because I had very low expectations from the start.
The best part of the movie was, by far, the costume design. I’m a sucker for period costumes, and Nic Ede, the costume designer for this and many other films, does a fine job. Besides the dresses and hats, Rupert Everett’s overwhelming curiosity about the other technological inventions of the time was the most entertaining part of the film.
If you love predictable romantic comedy plots and period costumes, you may like this movie. Otherwise, I’d say you should save your money and go watch super heroes and animated gingers with me next weekend.