Logan Lucky (2017)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Written by Rebecca Blunt
Starring: Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes
Jimmy (Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Driver) attempt to pull off a major heist with the help of some colorful associates.
This is a heist film with a twist (or two). The movie was directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) and written by the mysterious and unknown Rebecca Blunt. The film stars Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Adam Driver (Midnight Special), Daniel Craig (Spectre), Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Katie Holmes (Batman Begins).
This is a wild romp that feel unsurprisingly like a redneck version of Ocean’s Eleven. The writing does a nice job of building wildly outrageous people into a very realistic feeling world. Normally a comedy heist film has a fun group of eccentric characters. This movie is not an exception, with a wild array of some of the more unique characters I’ve seen in a while. The little twists and the big ones all add something great to the payoffs in this one. It’s also a movie rich with ridiculous dialogue. This isn’t a movie full of surprises, but it’s a solid story with a lot of fun throughout.
The actors must have had a lot of fun with this one. The script is full of comedy and a lot of great dialogue. Additionally, the characters were written with a lot of interesting quirks. The most memorable character in this one was played by Daniel Craig. He really bought into the role and it is a bit surprising to see the most recent James Bond in such a different light. Channing Tatum also does a nice job with another one of the unique characters in this one. Adam Driver also delivers a nice performance that really adds to the fun of the film. Performances by Riley Keough and Katie Holmes help to round out a nice cast of talented actors. Some of the smaller roles in this one feel a little hokey, but as a whole the cast did a great job.
This is a nicely made film with some great twists and a lot of laughs. The level of ridiculous gets dialed up pretty high throughout the story, making it worth the watch. Visually there are a lot of elements that reminded me of the Ocean’s films of Soderbergh. If you like a fun heist film, this is one to see. I would definitely suggest this to fans of the stars as well. Overall, this is a good one. I consider this a good step towards redemption for the man who “directed” Haywire. I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.