Logan Lucky Review
Logan Lucky is a heist comedy film created by Steven Soderbergh and written by Rebecca Blunt. It stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan.
The Story/The Direction:
Jimmy (Tatum) has just been fired from his construction job and he had a young daughter to care for. She is shared between him and his ex wife (Holmes) and her husband. They may be moving and taking his daughter away. To afford a lawyer, he talks his brother, Clyde (Driver) and sister, Mellie (Keough), into joining him in robbing a NASCAR race. They realize that they need the help of Joe Bang (Craig) but unfortunately he is incarcerated so they have to break him out. They also get help from Bang's brothers, Fish (Jack Quaid) and Sam (Brian Gleeson), who become their computer experts.
This film makes the return of Soderbergh after a four-year "retirement," from filmmaking. He comes back with a film that was released completely independent of any studio involvement. He did this because he wanted to have full control of his film. Here, he is able to bring a very fun movie that is reminiscent of Soderbergh's previous Ocean's films. He has great cinematography and editing from Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard, respectfully, aka himself. Its hilarious dialogue is written by "Rebecca Blunt," who has never been seen and has no writing credit prior to this film. "She" could a friend of Soderbergh or his wife or himself again. But even if this really is this person's first outing, it's fun and a good time at the theatre. I will say one joke I particularly liked was the Game of Thrones one. The writing is also able to give it's stars some great characters to work with.
This is where the film shines. Driver's and Tatum's characters' relationship is brilliant as they make very convincing siblings. I am not the biggest Tatum fan but I liked him here more than any other film I have seen him in. Craig is hilarious and a very refreshing role for the actor from the typical serious ones he has done previously. I really enjoyed his character. Keough is good as the sister of the two and provides some great one-liners towards her ex-sister in law's husband. I even enjoyed the little bit of MacFarlane, a British NASCAR sponsor, that we got. All of the other supporting actors were a delight to see in this film as well.
What this movie, unfortunately, suffers from is it's obvious similarities to the Ocean's films. It makes it seem a little unoriginal as it just the Hillbilly version of those films. The film knows this though as the heist is even called "Ocean's 7/11" by the press in the film. I also could tell at times that the accents were fake, even with McFarlane's British one. It was not a lot though. I also think some of the characters were underdeveloped such as Swank's and Waterston's characters. They both seemed to be significant to the plot but not enough to give me a reason to care about them. Some of the jokes were not that hysterical.
While this film does suffer from a tad bit of unoriginality, it knows it and doesn't shy away from it. This is a big problem as it's not a movie that will blow your mind but it was a fun time. I felt as much enjoyment as I did when I saw the first film in the Ocean's series. The jokes were mostly decent and I feel the dialogue was great between the characters. I could see myself rewatching this film a few more times.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties
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