Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Logan Lucky - Movie Review

The Movie: Logan Lucky

The Director: Steven Soderbergh

The Cast: Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, David Denman, Farrah Mackenzie

The Story: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

The Review:
To be honest with you, this movie really didn't interest me at all so it was at a bit of a disadvantage before I even sat down to watch. From the trailer, it just felt like a goofy, redneck version of the Oceans series which Soderbergh also directed and, while it does have some similarities, the story really does stand on its own. While there is a lot of comedy, it never goes too far and I really liked the focus on family which plays out in several different ways. On the down side, there are a couple random story lines and side bars that come out of left field and all of a sudden seem way more important than they needed to be, prime example being Sebastian Stan's (Captain America: Civil War) Nascar driver.

Meanwhile, Channing Tatum does a fine job in the lead role and really plays well alongside his on screen brother, played by Adam Driver. The pair provide some of the best comedic and heartfelt moments of the movie and their relationship is the foundation of everything that happens. Daniel Craig plays what is easily the weirdest role he has ever taken on and, even days later, I'm still not sure whether I liked the end result or not. The issue that I have with the him playing this type of character is that it feels very forced and gives off a trying too hard vibe when it comes to filling out a story that is very intentional in its quirkiness. I also have to mention young Farrah Mackenzie who is about as cute as you would ever want an 11 year old kid to be and she absolutely knocks it out of the park with  glowing performance that more often than not steals the show.

The Verdict:
Logan Lucky is a solid film that is a little too quirky for its own good, but still manages to entertain from beginning to end. Soderbergh, as usual, delivers a healthy dose of fun although not enough to make for a very memorable experience. I would recommend this as a good rental or streaming option.

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