While the acting is effervescent and the camerawork assertive, the plot stays a few holes below Soderbergh’s remake of “Ocean’s 11”. However, one can sense his passion when dabbling in this particular genre, even if I dig better his low-budgeted, art-house independent inventions. (3.5 stars)
It is easy to mistake the laid-back charm of LOGAN LUCKY for dull, airless directing. A Robin Hood fantasy set in West Virginia, there's zero condescension from writer Rebecca Blunt (secretly Jules Asner) or the supremely confident Soderbergh as small-town folk bumble their way through life in a repressed economy. Only Craig's stunt casting and an extended GoT joke dampen the well-orchestrated hillbilly authenticity.
Digital. A crap that repeats and reads the series of Ocean's films, moreover mentioned in the film itself, which accumulates a wealth of bad frames and actors in a crude and stereotypical charge - one more of the usual contemporary films and filmmakers who appropriates cinema to make a stand up comedian show shock. Just gross.
Not condescending as I imagined it would be. In fact, I really loved everything about this one. The efficiency of the OCEAN 11 movies perfectly merges with the idiosyncratic humor of the art house variety for a crowdpleaser. Great performances all around especially with Daniel Craig's line readings which are totally hilarious!
The best heist film since I dunno when (take that baby driver). Soderbergh again shows himself to be a master; his shots are economical, purposeful, and pretty. It also deals with great subversion, its redneck imagery and characters are used to rebel against the corrupted culture, namely a corporate one where they use the perverted system against itself to win (like Soderbergh & Co.). One of the best of the year.
Revolutionary from a production and distribution perspective, the movie Soderbergh has come out of a kind of retirement to make is simply meant to be a good time at the cinema. This is an extremely well-observed entertainment, w/ a near-ethnographic bent. There is good stuff in the screenplay, but again and again this stuff is raised considerably by a director in collaboration w/ his cast. A movie of great warmth.
Nothing beats the southern drawl Daniel Craig convincingly employs while looking like a bleach-blonde Joe Montana as he requests two beers and two pouches of gummy bears at a racetrack. Steven Soderbergh's return to film after a brief, three-year "retirement" is a riotous good time as "Logan Lucky" is the best southern-fried, white trash ensemble since "Hell or High Water" and "Killer Joe."