|Steven Soderbergh is back in the directors chair after taking a haitus, and dang is he on his game. In what’s basically a redneck Ocean’s Eleven, he takes everything that was awesome about that masterpiece and gives us a fresh and fun film that’s almost a spiritual sequel.
Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start), the story. Logan Lucky is about a father desperate to keep his daughter in his life, who after losing his job decides to pull of a heist at a major speedway. He enlists his brother, his sister, an incarcerated explosive expert, and a small motley cast of characters to help. It plays out very similarly to Ocean’s, and I don’t mean to say it’s derivative. The puzzle and twists and reveals are my favorite part of Ocean’s, and that’s what I most looked forward to here, and that’s what most excited me.
And then lets talk about that cast! We know I’ll watch Channing Tatum in anything, and his re-teaming with Soderbergh is magic. That Chan charm is on full display and he carries the movie with ease. Add in Adam Driver as his brother, and you’ve got some serious heft in your cast. But the real standout was Daniel Craig playing waaaaay against type, to the point where he was billed as “Introducing Daniel Craig”. I remember watching the first trailer and I didn’t even recognize him until his name was given. That’s gonna go down in Hollywood history as a truly memorable and iconic performance.
Yeah some bits went on too long, and there were a lot of side stories and small characters who seemed unnecessary, but I don’t care. I had so much fun watching this movie, and I’m ready to do it all over again.
Logan Lucky – \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/