Logan Lucky is quite the film. It has an all-star cast including Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, Adam Driver as his brother Clyde, Katie Holmes, and even Seth McFarlane. It also has Steven Soderbergh coming out of a self-imposed retirement, famous for his direction in the Ocean’s franchise. Logan Lucky is also one of the outright weirder movies you might see this year carrying a very Coen Brothers vibe throughout the heist.
Logan Lucky starts with Jimmy getting fired from his job doing construction work at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, then talking with his brother about robbing the place he was fired from. The Logan brothers quickly realize that they will need help getting this plan going, so they employ Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), and his two brothers. This is a movie that spends a lot of time on dialogue, and despite what the trailer might show or what your expectations of a heist movie may be after seeing the likes of Baby Driver, has little to no action. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.
From what I can see the reviews are skewing mixed to positive. It’s average Rotten Tomatoes rating is 7.5, not a lot of bad reviews, but lots of people going 3-3.5 stars, then some people absolutely loving it which is skewing the mark higher. I think that’s fair. Because I never thought Logan Lucky was a bad movie. It was just a matter of how good I thought it was. When Logan Lucky has it’s stride going, it’s one of the better movies of the summer, but it feels like the movie loses it’s footing fairly often.
The comedy in the movie can be hit and miss, it’s a very dry comedy, and luckily it doesn’t have the overdone slapstick humor we’ve grown accustomed to in a summer blockbuster. The acting is some of the best I’ve ever seen from Tatum, and that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Tatum in this movie shows that he is more than what me may remember from the days of Magic Mike, he is thoughtful of the role he’s portraying, and does a more than fine job at it.
Play Your Way Network Rating: ★★★1/2
The biggest gripe I have with the movie is toward the end. We have a reveal that I honestly didn’t see coming, but then a few minutes later we have a second reveal that gives you a feeling of “they are who we thought they were”. I’m still battling with if I think this double switch ending was great, or sloppy. Though, maybe that’s how Soderbergh wants us to feel. The Logan brothers are often sloppy with their work, but look brilliant at the end. Regardless of how I feel about the ending, Logan Lucky did succeed in the thing it needed to do most, it kept me engaged and interested throughout the runtime, and I feel confident it will keep you engaged, too.