Welcome to my assessment of Chippendales
, a spectacle that is just as glamorized as the male strippers’ tans.
Of course, if humanity’s motivation came from a love of backgammon, the world would be a lot better place, but unfortunately, it seems that we are destined to pursue lower things forever. Somen Banerjee, a gas station employee who immigrated from Mumbai to the US in the 1970s eager to live the American dream, swiftly learned this lesson. He invested his savings in a backgammon club after five years of saving, but it did not prosper. When Somen, now Steve, had a revelation in a gay bar, his next business venture—a nightclub—seemed to be headed in the same direction before, well, the dramatization of his story.
Board games must go, and male strippers must come in! Before, I hope, returning to Hef’s mansion to accept her rightful position as Exposition Playmate of the Month, Dorothy Stratten, the Playboy Playmate girlfriend of his flashy nightclub manager Paul Snider (Dan Stevens, excellent in a brief role), explains why it will work: “Erica Jong, Deep Throat, the Pill!”
After Banerjee determines that Snider’s abilities and the eclectic group of male dancers he has put together simply won’t do, he hires Emmy-winning choreographer Nick De Noia, and the Chippendales become a force to be reckoned with (Murray Bartlett, still running hot after his star turn in The White Lotus). He upgrades the venue and brings some discipline, razzmatazz, and show-stopping strippers to playboy hoodiehttps://playboyhoodie.shop/
Banerjee falls in love with a woman
who is not only committed to him but also a qualified accountant who can take care of his financial well-being as De Noia joins the team full-time? The addition of Juliette Lewis as costume designer Denise completes the Chippendales’ distinctive look, which also includes the white cuffs and collars worn by the bartenders and the breakaway pants.
Of course, it falls apart because things like this always do. The business-oriented focus of Banerjee clashes with De Noia’s artistic ideals. Banerjee’s family in India disapproves of what they perceive to be the eldest son’s ill-gotten money, which causes resentments to fester and Banerjee’s demons to come to the surface. Soon, we are rushing towards disaster and the end of numerous brief and not particularly happy lives.
An examination of sex-swapped stripping
has a lot of room for discussion. For instance, can men be exploited in the same way as women in a patriarchal society? Is the job fundamentally different when the majority of the guys live off the attention of the ladies in the crowd (and are regularly seen enjoying more of it backstage) rather than being stalked by the dread that it will turn violent at any moment? Otis (Quentin Plair), a star of Chippendales, feels awkward being kissed.
Many things are alluded to but never actually done. The gleaming tan on a dancer’s body is more superficial than Welcome to Chippendales. Only Bartlett adds any real weight to the proceedings; he captures the profound loneliness of his existence as a semi-closeted gay man who can’t even get his “acceptable” gifts fully acknowledged by his fictitious boss and who ultimately pays the ultimate price when he finds love and the self-assurance to step out on his own.
All eight episodes can be easily binge-watched and do a great job of capturing the opulence, glitz, and depravity of the 1980s. However, you do yearn for a little more complexity, nuance, and perhaps an actor who is less intrinsically kind than Kumail Nanjiani, who might have caught the essence more conhttps://hafizideas.com/vincingly.