THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Although this Heist Comedy isn't bloody with guts and gore like my usual go to movies, it's a prime example of how exciting and funny the crime drama genre can be.
Written by Rebecca Blunt and directed by Steven Soderbergh, Logan Lucky is all the cheesy bits of classic American heist movies we love mixed with the witty writing and film making that makes a great story come to life.
Even though it has a notable cast and was created by the same people who brought us Danny Ocean and his escapades, I had no idea this film even existed until I was flicking through Amazon Prime on a rainy mid-week afternoon. But I am so glad I found this hidden gem.
Following two brothers (played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) who have had it with the mundane of their everyday, as they pull off the heist of their lives.
After Jimmy Logan (Tatum) losses his job and ex-partner threatens to move with his daughter out of state, he confides in his brother (Driver) and they hatch a plan to steal as much cash as they can lay their hands on (or in Clyde's case, hand) from the NASCAR race in North Carolina. Along the way they enlist the help from their younger sister and three other hillbilly brothers.
Usually, heist movies are not my thing. I tend to find them a little predictable and cheesy, and aren't something we have incorporated into any of the case we have at The White Tent Company. However it has to be said that, much like the Ocean's films, I thoroughly enjoyed this near 2 hour long adventure. But the thing I enjoyed most about it was the cleaver script writing.
The comedic nuances, one liners and brilliantly funny characters all took this film a level up from the stereotypical American heist.
Technically this film is nothing to complain about. Everything from the sets to the makeup seems to fit the bill, perhaps with the exception of a few larger than life characters. One prime example being Joe Bang, played by Daniel Craig. When we first meet Joe his crazy eyes, electric looking hair and cartoonish prison uniform instantly make him an iconic character. And much to my surprise, Craig's acting really brought the character to another level. We all know Daniel Craig as Mr Suave 007, so this chaotic and comedic character is something I didn't think he would pull off. And boy, was I wrong.
One unsung hero however is the Logan brothers younger sister, Mellie Logan (played by Riley Keough). As one of the only female characters, Millie is headstrong and knows her worth with an almost silent but deadly quality about her. She seem unassuming, but is just as devilishly clever as her two brothers and always has their backs. Although not a main character, I would have liked to see her be more central to the story. Perhaps that was meant to be a commentary on how women are seen as supports in a masculine world, even if that world would stop turning without them. Either way, I felt her character a missed opportunity to show some female power bad-assery.
One thing I think should have been worked on was Clyde's prosthetic. After loosing his left had in an accident while touring in Iraq, Clyde used a prosthesis for most of the film. However in the few times that we see him without his prosthetic, something just isn't quite right. Of course it is very difficult to make someone who has a hand look like they don't and so I can't really say that they did a bad job. But the changes in his statue where Driver has clearly got one arm pinned to his side in some scenes to when he hasn't in the next, and the fact that his arm is about the same size as my leg, takes me out of the illusion and I find myself fixated on that detail. It also makes me wonder why an actor with a real prosthetic wasn't cast over Driver? Not to say that the rest of Driver's performance isn't fantastic, but just that it would have made the character more relatable and believable.
Towards the end of the film, we are introduced to a Detective character, Special Agent Sarah Grayson (played by Hilary Swank), who decides to dig a little deeper into the case that NASCAR are quick to close. In the final scene we see the whole heist team meeting up in Clyde's new bar to celebrate their success, when he turns to serve a woman sat on her own claiming she is "passing through, but might stick around a while" only for us as the audience to discover that it is Grayson about to bust the lot of them. This open ended ending leads me to believe and hope that there will be a Logan Lucky 2. However, 4 years after the films original release no production has been confirmed.
Even if this film missed a few marks on details, it was still an extremally enjoyable adventure. The comedic writing, excellent character development and all the twists and turns that we've come to expect from Steven Soderbergh's work made this film a surprisingly perfect accidental find.