2017 in Cinema:
Logan Lucky, 2017
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig
Oceans 7-Eleven, as the film even calls itself. Logan Lucky is director Steven Soderbergh’s latest heist film (after Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve and Oceans Thirteen), this time set in West Virginia and concerning two brothers, Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde (Adam Driver, The Force Awakens) Logan, who plan to rob the car-racing event which is going on, with the help of an incarcerated bomb expert, and aptly named, Joe Band (Daniel Craig).
How Steven Soderbergh hasn’t ever robbed a bank is beyond me, his ability to creatively come up with ways and scenarios and methods, yet constantly leaving so much unanswered to us. This film is so clever, and, surprisingly, adds so much comedy despite the fact. It also dubs its own robbery as the Hillbilly Heist, and it plays up these character traits throughout brilliantly.
Daniel Craig, putting on a West Virginian country accent, works perfectly against Tatum and Driver, who aren’t as clever as him (Craig uses sweets and salt to cause an explosion, rather than dynamite as the Logan brothers were expecting). While I think Daniel Craig works better not putting on an accent, he pulls it off in this film. The whole cast work well in this film, and each have chemistry with one another to fully create a world where we know everyone’s story.
And it’s not only about the comedy and the heist, it adds so much depth to the characters, too. The Logan brothers each have a injury (Jimmy has a bad knee and Clyde has lost an arm. Sorry, a hand), and we learn the reasons why, as we learn about Jimmy’s broken family and his daughter’s desires for the talent competition, and her performance at the end mixes beautifully with an early scene. It’s an impressive feat managing comedy, emotion and a heist while having a plot moving at a perfect speed with character development, and Soderbergh masters this in Logan Lucky. He even leaves so much unanswered and some hints to a future twist to keep us second guessing throughout.
Logan Lucky combines so many elements and genres beautifully together to create a film with a little something for everyone. A brilliant back-story leading to the heist, and then Soderbergh’s usual cleverness with robberies comes to the forefront. Well acted, well written, well executed. Well worth checking out.
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