Logan Lucky

Movies, Comedy
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4 out of 5 stars
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Logan Lucky

Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and a transformed Daniel Craig get criminal in the kind of underdog comedy that’s too rare.

Bouncing back from a self-described “retirement” that ended up being shorter than some Hollywood vacations, director Steven Soderbergh returns to making features with a crime comedy that plays like a valentine to some of his most beloved, effervescent triumphs. Logan Lucky—about a NASCAR vault heist and the nuts who pull it off—has the same jazzy, improvised feel of Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven. It’s also peppered with the Southern-fried regional humor of Magic Mike. Present, too, are the anxieties of working-class strivers fed up with an American dream that’s failed them, so throw in Erin Brockovich as well. But before we get too meta, know that the new film is its own rascally thing.

The West Virginian Logan brothers don’t have the best of luck. Jimmy (Channing Tatum), a divorcé who dotes on his little girl, just lost his construction job; Clyde (Adam Driver), a bartender, lost even more in Iraq—his left hand. But together, along with an assortment of bumblefuck conspirators and one devilishly charming convict still in jail (Daniel Craig, trading his Bond accent for a swampy drawl that’s mesmerizing), they hope to reverse the family curse with a robbery totaling millions of dollars in event concessions.

A fairground scene of toilet-rim tossing aside, Soderbergh never uses his movie to poke fun at yokels; Logan Lucky walks the same tricky line as Fargo. He draws divisions between the kindhearted and the cruel, and we get swept up in his energy because we know it comes from a generous place. When the plot stops cold for a beauty-pageant performance of exquisite purity, you’ll feel like you’re watching the most American film of the year.

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Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday August 18 2017
Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Screenwriter: Rebecca Blunt
Cast: Channing Tatum
Daniel Craig
Adam Driver
Riley Keough

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With great actors giving stellar performances, quick and witty dialogue and a suitably outlandish plot, 'Logan Lucky' has all the parts to make this a classic, up there with Ocean's Elevens for comic heist. Daniel Craig in particular shines through as the eccentric prisioner, helping out the logan brothers in their biggest goal yet. Channing Tatum is always great on screen and his double-act with Adam Driver is a real delight to watch. 

My only complaint in this film is it never feels like it quite delivers. The jokes are fast and funny but not enough of them and they're not quite funny enough. The story is well-paced but again veers off slightly. The whole script feels like it was about one or two edits away from being perfect and it's a real shame as it's so close to being an incredible film. As it is it is a lot of fun, but leaves you slightly wanting more.