Released: August 18, 2017
Running Time: 1 hour 59 minutes
“West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Jimmy also recruits demolition expert Joe Bang to help them break into the track’s underground system. Complications arise when a mix-up forces the crew to pull off the heist during a popular NASCAR race while also trying to dodge a relentless FBI agent.”
When I heard that Soderbergh was coming out of retirement for this movie, I was extremely excited and happy. I’m a big fan of his films, and was looking forward to this movie. When they announced the cast, it made me even more excited to have an interesting group of actors, that I could have thought of working together.
I saw the trailer, and it looked interesting, I saw that they were definitely going for the Ocean’s vibe, with more of a ‘redneck’ feel, and that made me curious. I ended up seeing this movie with my sister, and for people who’ve read a few of my latest reviews know, her opinions are straight to the point, for this movie, she said it was boring, and that she almost fell asleep.
After seeing all the rave reviews for this film, and a general consensus of critics loving this film, I was really excited to finally see this movie, and I have to say right off the bat, that this movie is not better than the Ocean movies. That is my opinion, and I have to be honest. I felt this movie’s strengths were the characters, story premise, and the ending, its weaknesses were that it was too long, really slow first half of the movie, and sequel hunting at the end.
Cast and Crew
This film was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who came out of retirement for this movie, with his plethora of movies including ‘Side Effect’ in 2013, ‘Magic Mike’ in 2012, and the Ocean’s trilogy in the 2000s.
Logan Lucky was written by Rebecca Blunt, who doesn’t really exist. Some people believe Rebecca to be a pseudonym for someone else, and has only written this movie. So there’s not much to know about them.
The cast featured a great group of actors which include Channing Tatum as the older brother Jimmy Logan, Adam Drive as the middle child Clyde Logan, Riley Keough as younger sister Mellie Logan, Farrah Mackenzie as Jimmy’s daughter Sadie Logan, Katie Holmes as Jimmy’s ex-wife Bobbie Jo Chapman, David Denman as Bobbie Jo’s new husband Moody Chapman, Seth MacFarlane as Energy Drink CEO Max Chilblain, Jack Quaid as Fish Bang, Brian Gleeson as Sam Bang, Sebastian Stan as racecar driver Dayton White, Hilary Swank as FBI Agent Sarah Grayson, and introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang.
The strongest point in the movie was its characters. They were fleshed out, interesting and real. The actors in the movie did a really good job, with Driver, Tatum, Craig and Keough really standing out in the film. Mackenzie, who plays Tatum’s daughter in the film also did a really good job.
The premise for the movie was a really interesting one, where it’s a ‘redneck’ heist movie in the style of the Ocean’s movies. I feel like the idea of stealing from a racetrack to be ingenious, and very clever as that would be the big score for ‘rednecks’.
The music in this movie, was a really good soundtrack, and I feel like it added to the story and the movie as a whole. The music became almost a character in itself.
The humour in this movie, while some moments fell flat, was mostly really well done. I enjoyed the realism of the comedy, and the argument scene in the prison between the inmates was probably the funniest part of the movie.
The ending of this movie, where everything is supposed to come together and have the climax of the film was really well done. The payoff at the end was worth the rest of the movie. It was really in the same style as the Ocean movies, and I enjoyed that little nod at the end.
The Not So Good
I have a feeling people are going to be mad with my overall score at the end, because for me the problems with this movie, and there was some, was too much for me to give it a higher score than I did. I’m very easily entertained, anyone who actually knows me will say that, and for me to be bored while watching a movie that is marketed as ‘high octane’, was really slow. Now I feel that the pacing of the movie, and several scenes could have been drastically reduced in length or removed altogether. I feel like this movie was approximately 15-20 minutes too long.
As previously mentioned, the first half of the film, where most of the very slow build up is happening, I felt bored, and wondering when the story was going to advance. I love movies, and I realize that there are many different types of movies, but for me, I feel like this movie didn’t need a slow and stretched out build up to the heist. I feel like what was focused on in certain scenes needed to be shifted to something else.
I did not enjoy the sequel hunting at the end of the movie, with introducing a whole new major character with less than 15 minutes left in the film. I feel like the scenes involving Sebastian Stan (I enjoyed his performance in the film), could have been taken out entirely. I feel like they should have set up the FBI’s involvement a bit earlier in the film, or for them to actually do something.
Final Thoughts and Score
Overall, I thought this movie’s story and characters were really interesting, and worked really well together, the acting was superb, I loved the ending, and if you can manage to get through the boring and long first half of the movie, the payoff at the end is worth it. The reason as to why my score is so low, is because I actually felt bored while watching the first half of the movie, and I am so easily entertained, that shouldn’t happen in a movie like this. In the end, I would give this film a score of 6.75/10.
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