Easy jokes! Easy jokes! James Bond retired, got in-car-sir-ray-ted, then decided to help Kylo Ren and Jenko rob NASCAR. Okay, so that’s not quite as funny as it was in my head. Cut me some slack, I’m not as clever as I’d like to be.
Anyway, that does seem like what the movie is about. Some down on their luck boys in the south who hire a professional to help them steal from NASCAR. I haven’t looked up the details of the plot because I’m just so tickled by this cast.
Speaking of which. Starring, we have Channing Tatum (HAIL, CAESAR! , THE VOW , STEP UP , and the upcoming KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ), Adam Driver (SILENCE , STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS , J. EDGAR , and the upcoming STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI ), Daniel Craig (SPECTRE , THE GOLDEN COMPASS , A KID IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT , and the upcoming Bond 25 ), and Riley Keough (IT COMES AT NIGHT , AMERICAN HONEY , and MAGIC MIKE ). In support, we have Katie Holmes (WOMAN IN GOLD , BATMAN BEGINS , TV show DAWSON’S CREEK [1998 – 2003], and the upcoming OCEAN’S EIGHT ), Hilary Swank (THE HOMESMAN , MILLION DOLLAR BABY , and THE NEXT KARATE KID ), Seth MacFarlane (SING , TED , and TV show THE ORVILLE ), Jack Quaid (THE HUNGER GAMES , TV show VINYL , and the upcoming RAMPAGE ), and Dwight Yoakam (CRANK , PANIC ROOM , and TV show UNDER THE DOME [2013 – 2015]).
Now for the crew. Director and, weirdly enough, cinematographer, we have Steven Soderbergh, known for MAGIC MIKE (2012), THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (2009), and ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000). Penning the screenplay, we have Rebecca Blunt, making her feature film debut. Congrats, miss. Finally, the composer for the score is David Holmes, known for HAYWIRE (2011), ANALYZE THAT (2002), and OCEAN’S ELEVEN (2001).
Overall, I’m pretty excited to see this. Everyone looks like a hoot to watch and a little bit of fun sounds pretty good about now.
This is my honest opinion of: LUCKY LOGAN
Set in North Carolina. Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) just got let go from his construction job. To make matters worse, his ex-wife Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) is moving their daughter Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie) with her new husband. After a brawl with a snobby British businessman (Seth Macfarlane) in Clyde’s (Adam Driver) bar, Jimmy’s brother, they decide to rob the Charlotte Movie Speedway with the help of the incarcerated Joe Bang (Daniel Craig).
I liked it. I don’t love it, or anything, and it’s not always laugh out loud funny, but it’s an enjoyable flick with some fun and likable characters and performances.
Speaking of performances, I can’t let this slide, I absolutely love seeing Holmes again. I know, she’s been in plenty of films and TV shows recently, but I don’t watch much TV anymore and I so rarely see her in movies. It’s just… nice. And she’s really good too, playing the ex-wife who’s fed up with Jimmy’s crap, constantly forgetting things involving their daughter. But more than just her, Craig steals the show just as well. Being so closely associate with the recent Bond films, it’s quite hilarious to see him take a role so polar opposite and succeed with such flying colors. I will never stop laughing at the whole, “Oh, now I see the problem. I twisted the bag too many times.” After such a huge build-up of explaining the science of his makeshift explosive, because Joe doesn’t like calling them bombs, and how powerful it will be, to see him make such a tiny mistake is so hilarious. That’s this film’s greatest strength. There’s some amazing performances, making this movie undeniably entertaining and funny.
My only real issue is that the tone seems to be a little… off and on in the first half. What I mean is, I know it’s supposed to be a comedy, but there are some serious stretches of runtime that feel like this movie is trying to be dramatic. Nothing overly dark, of course, I don’t want it to sound like that, but the comedy seems to take a sudden backseat and the drama is surprisingly boring. Thankfully, that fizzles out in the second half and it’s all systems go, so it’s not a crippling problem.
Another problem I had was the complete lack of resolution to the story. This might take some explaining. So, what’s the whole point of this heist? Jimmy has very little money and he wants to get a lawyer to fight against Bobbie Jo and her decision to move on the other side of the city where it would be harder for him to see his daughter. If there’s any other motivation, then I either missed that, or it’s left completely unexplored. But by the time the movie wraps up, his threats of getting a lawyer against Bobbie Jo is completely pushed aside. Why? What happened to make him be so understanding in the end? This is totally ignored.
Overall, this is a really fun film. Lots of comedy, solid performances, it’s a good time to be had. If you’re a fan of the cast and comedy heist films, like Soderbergh is known for, then this one is recommended.
My honest rating for LOGAN LUCKY: 4/5