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.
Parts of the film felt barren with nothing much happening, but the comedy lands frequently and hard. Great cast, especially Craig and Driver. The story is charming with a lot of heart. That one Game of Thrones joke is going to age badly once the next book releases in a decade.
If Jeff Nichols and Steven Soderbergh are united on one front, it's that the South cannot be left in the hands of conservative and reactionaries, and cannot be left ignored by the liberal bubble. Everyone needs to dream of better tomorrows. Some might call it stealing, I call it redistribution of the wealth.
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.
It's definitely not as consistently funny or tightly paced as other comedic crime films. But, it did make me laugh a lot, certainly enough to keep me entertained. One big plus it does have is getting to see some very unique performances from the established cast, particularly Daniel Craig (who I wish was in more of the film). It's not "Baby Driver," but it is a good time.
Very well crafted with a sharp, funny and fun script. It is a genuine pleasure to listen to the character's dialogue as they plan and execute their rather brilliant heist. Daniel Craig is a delight and Adam Driver's many hilarious, perfect reaction shots are hysterically funny. Channing Tatum gives the film a grounded and touching center. Riley Keough and Katherine Waterston are both superb. A late summer surprise.
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 trailer shows that LL could have been edited into a tight heist farce, but Soderbergh's interests seem more humane. Rather it's an embrace of character and community, choosing personality over the gloss and mechanics of an Ocean's film (until unnecessary twist). It's implausible, perhaps as a corrective to Ladykillers or Hell & HW, because it won't condescend, choosing competency and good nature.
Let down. May get better with age, as Soderbergh movies sometimes do. Main issue: the plotting is off (too much Seth McFarlane, who does a good job with a dead end story line). Splits the difference between Ocean's 12 (deconstruction of heist genre) & Magic Mike (economy induced self loathing) but didn't hit as hard as either. Some of the humor felt like bits from a sketch show that got cancelled after 1 episode.
6.5/10. A silly, southern fried caper. LOGAN LUCKY is amusing and well-acted, but ultimately forgettable. The film's pacing is rather uneven: the first hour moves at a breakneck pace that seems to be careening towards something surprising, but then it slows down and resolves itself into something rather familiar.
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.