Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Jules Asner (as Rebecca Blunt)
Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie, Katie Holmes
Jimmy Logan, a fired coalmine worker, comes up with a plan to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.
Logan Lucky is available on Netflix
Steven Soderbergh, back from retirement
Four years before Logan Lucky, director Steven Soderbergh announced his intention to retire from feature films. He did this to pursue other interests, but in 2017 his passion for filmmaking came back.
One of his reasons for leaving was that the studio interferes too much with the director’s ideas. So what did he do now? Steven made this film independently and shared the profits with the crew instead. This gave him the freedom to film as he pleases.
He is known for directing the Ocean’s trilogy, and Logan Lucky is another heist movie, but an anti-glam version of it.
The film moves at a neat pace, features a strong ensemble cast, and things keep interesting throughout its two-hour running.
He may have a strong cast, but it never feels like if he tries to make a mindblowing masterpiece. But it is a fun, lighthearted movie with some great cinematography.
The real highlight, Daniel Craig
Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are both great in “Logan Lucky.” In the film, they are brothers. Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) ran out of luck and lost his job. The other brother, Clyde (Adam Driver), is a bartender who lost his hand in one of the many wars. Together they plan on making a heist.
For them to succeed, they need to break out Joe Bang, who is played by Daniel Craig. He is the standout of this movie. We may sometimes have the idea that he only plays serious roles like James Bond, but he is surprisingly funny.
He is a man who appears to be a simple criminal and very crass, yet proves he is unusually intelligent. And this is one of the reasons why I enjoyed his character the most.
Steven Soderbergh proves to us that his four-year break has done nothing to dampen his eye for film. He has done a great job while taking a big gamble by going independent.
Logan Lucky is a clear story about creating our own luck when the opportunities present themselves. Is it a flawless movie? No, but it’s an entertaining watch if you love films.