Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky

Logan Lucky

2017.  Directed by Steven Soderbergh.

By Brian Wallinger.  

This film is a solid reason why studios like Bleeker Street are steadily making their way above and beyond the status quo of fun and entertaining products with their strong and confident films. This particular instance, Logan Lucky is a sharp black comedy filled with satire from politics to pop culture in the current state of society.

Steven Soderbergh has proven once again that over the last twenty years he has become an essential and gratifying filmmaker; taking his efforts back to his Out Of Sight roots and creating a wild redneck heist picture. Adam Driver and Channing Tatum are equally engaging and completely over the top (yet that's exactly why this film works) in their performances as two brothers looking for a big score by robbing a NASCAR race track. However, it is Daniel Craig that steals the show, playing a delightful safe cracker with impressive character development.  Craig never once breaks away from his focus. The rest of the cast consists of Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, and even Dwight Yoakam.

Some of the chemistry between the cast doesn't feel fully developed and there are other instances where the script, written by "Rebecca Blunt", feels like material from similar films and runs flat.  Though, with Soderbergh's direction and the overwhelming, playful ridiculousness you can't help but to suspend all seriousness and enjoy the film for what it is. From start to finish the laughs hit and the twists turn in this raunchy backwoods ride.

☆☆☆

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