Jim Waterson

Logan Lucky (2017)
Movie Review by: Will Whalen

Logan Lucky has arrived to the starting line and Soderbergh is back with another heist film. Soderbergh had supposedly went into a 4 year retirement but it clearly didn’t last very long.

Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes with Seth MacFarlane and many others. If you don’t know what Logan Lucky is about, it’s about two brothers who try to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race after Jimmy Logan, played by Channing Tatum, loses his job.
With the Ocean’s trilogy that was helmed by Soderbergh, even though 12 wasn’t quite good, I was very excited to see another heist film from him. Let me just say, Logan Lucky is an absolute blast from the start to finish and a hilarious one at that.

Soderbergh has an excellent filmography ranging from films of all kinds. Some are great and some that are not so great. With Logan Lucky, he has added a really fun film to his filmography and one that I think will be appreciated for years to come. Soderbergh has proved himself time and time again that he is a fantastic director and yet again proves himself in this. A lot of this has to do with the great Cinematography that his films always have. Even with the not so glamorous southern area setting of Logan Lucky, the gorgeous cinematography manages to make the entire film look gorgeous.
One thing that makes this movie so awesome is the fantastic writing. I would say the name of this person who wrote it but that person doesn’t seem to exist. Whoever did actually write the film however, did a terrific job doing so and surprised me at how smart the story was and how great these characters were.

Which brings me to my next thing and that’s the fantastic and hysterical characters that are one of the of the many things that make Logan Lucky so awesome. Tatum, Driver and Craig are brilliant in this. Especially Tatum and Craig who probably give one of my favorite performances of their career. The banter between some of the characters in this film is work of comedy gold. Especially between Jimmy and Clyde Logan who are brilliantly portrayed by Tatum and Driver. Some of their scenes together were some of my favorite and some of the funniest scenes in the entire film. However, I can’t stress enough how fantastic Daniel Craig is in this. Every scene he is in, he steals the show and is one of the best things about Logan Lucky. While watching this film, there were countless times where I was laughing hysterically. The theater I saw it in was filled with a more older crowd (who probably thought it was about NASCAR) and I was one of the only ones seeming to be laughing as loud and enjoying it as much as I was.

As far as problems go, I honestly didn’t have very many. I would say that there’s a couple of times you’re kind of just waiting for a scene to be over and move on to the next. There’s also never a great reason for them to pull of this heist. Sure, Tatum’s character loses his job but otherwise, there’s no solid reason for the heist. However, it definitely doesn’t stop you from loving every minute of the heist. Other than those problems, there’s not a whole lot of other problems I had. It isn’t a masterpiece but I loved this film and was never once bored.

Logan Lucky is a smart, entertaining, surprisingly suspenseful and a hell of a ride. Tatum and Craig give fantastic performances. Driver is a hilarious addition to the film and so is the rest of the cast and their southern accents. I really liked this movie and can’t wait to see it again or to have a Soderbergh heist film marathon.

I’m going to give Logan Lucky

4 out of 5 stars.

I apologize for the late review but stay tuned for many more reviews coming soon! Including Good Time, Ingrid Goes West and many more!