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.
Soderbergh's return to the director's chair is an entertaining enough 'movie' but certainly lacks the spark and creativity of previous efforts. As his 'Oceans' films demonstrate there is nothing wrong with providing entertainment, but the Soderbergh of 'Bubble', 'Schizopolis' and 'Sex, Lies and Videotape' is nowhere in sight here.
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."