Logan Lucky (2017) – Review

Two brothers, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver), plot to pull off an audacious heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina, after Jimmy loses his job and decides this is the only way forward. Upon convincing their sister, Mellie (Riley Keough), to help them on their quest, they must then attempt to break out an infamous safe cracker who is currently imprisoned for a previous heist, before returning him afterwards without anyone realising. An easy to watch movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously and showcases a different side to many of the actors involved.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writers: Jules Asner
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig

Logan Lucky is a movie that’s never really appeared on my radar over the years, but recently I decided to give it a shot, and what transpired wasn’t exactly what I expected. It’s difficult to place the flick into one definitive category – it can be seen as a comedy, drama or even thriller, but one thing’s for sure, it was a fun ride while it lasted and kept you entertained throughout.

For me, one of the primary strengths of the film was the way in which the filmmakers managed to humanise certain characters and make you want to invest into their story. Some of the main characters had a certain charm and charisma, while others had a more detailed and emotional backstory, examples stemming from the two brothers, one of which was recently fired from his job, while the other was a slightly younger war hero that was often mocked for an injury sustained while on duty.

In terms of the story and plot, it wasn’t particularly confusing, nor was it complex. The filmmakers did, however, do a great job when it came to including one or two different sub-plots, which kept things fresh and less than predictable for the viewer. Something else worth noting was the way in which the filmmakers managed to make the characters seem “simple”, for want of a better expression, while also demonstrating a certain amount of intellect, outwitting anyone that got in their way.

As previously touched upon, this flick certainly showcases a different side to a variety of the actors involved. One of the main characters, Joe Bang, was played by Daniel Craig, and the Englishman did his best to adopt an American, deep south accent, while also appearing with bleached blonde hair – not something were used to seeing from the man that plays James Bond.

Elsewhere, Channing Tatum and Adam Driver put in stellar performances as Jimmy and Clyde respectively, and Riley Keough was a fitting choice as the sister of the pair. All three seemed to have a good amount of chemistry, more than enough to make the relationship and dynamic seem believable and also entertaining at the same time.

Overall, a pretty funny and light-hearted movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but at the same time injected a fair amount of suspense and tension throughout.

“You Logans must be as simple-minded as people say.”

Joe Bang – Logan Lucky

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