The INSIDER Summary:
- “Logan Lucky” is a comedic heist film from the director of the “Ocean’s Trilogy.”
- Adam Driver and Channing Tatum play brothers.
- Critics are loving how fun the movie is.
- “Logan Lucky” hits theatres Friday.
NASCAR heist film “Logan Lucky” is one of the best movies of the summer.
Director Steven Soderbergh, the man behind the glorious “Ocean’s Trilogy” and “Magic Mike,” came out of his feature film retirement to direct a new heist comedy using the Charlotte Motor Speedway as a backdrop.
Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Riley Keough play siblings trying to reverse an unlucky “family curse” and team up with incarcerated villain Joe Bang, played by Daniel Craig using a hilariously unrecognizable Southern drawl.
The cast rounds out with Katie Holmes, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, and Katherine Waterston.
Six NASCAR drivers also make cameos in the film.
With a run time of about two hours, the movie holds a pretty impressive 93% on Rotten Tomatoes with 41 reviews in. The consensus is that the heist movie is fun and smart, but doesn’t overdo the ridiculous aspect of it. Here’s what critics love about it.
It is a combination of a hit story with masterful delivery.
“Soderbergh — who hasn’t been sitting around doing nothing for the past four years, as he directed two seasons of the acclaimed series ‘The Knick’ — shows here that the melding of mainstream storytelling and artful execution is possible.”
There is heart behind the characters.
“Robbing an oval of paved cement in Charlotte isn’t quite as complicated as robbing the Bellagio, and while it’s true that the Logans aren’t running the most sophisticated crew in the world, there’s still not all that much for them to do. As a result, the film becomes as much of a hangout as it is a heist, as Soderbergh’s sedate pacing lets his cast sink their teeth into their characters. He gives each of these actors just enough rope to lasso us in, and every single one of them knows how to wrangle it.”
It’s just plain fun.
“Working with a script by first-time writer Rebecca Blunt, Soderbergh has made the sort of breezy, unpretentious, just-for-fun film that scarcely exists anymore, one almost anyone could enjoy. In terms of milieu, it overlaps with the two ‘Magic Mike’ outings, that being the working-class South (Soderbergh hails from Georgia and Louisiana, it should be remembered), and it gives off the same sort of gently rollicking good-time vibe.”
It’s a familiar movie, but that doesn’t ruin the experience.
“Maybe ‘Logan Lucky’ is as easy and familiar as it is because, well, even the most curious minds crave a little comforting sameness now and then. Which is exactly what ‘Logan Lucky’ delivers, an engaging and self-aware retread of past high jinks. Nothing will surprise you, really, or challenge in any way.”
The story doesn’t focus on too much more than it has to.
“There’s a lot to explain here, with regard to the setting and the mechanics of the caper, but Soderbergh rarely gets bogged down in details and only spells out what he has to. It’s a relief to watch a commercial movie from a director who trusts you to figure out plot points along the way.
First-time screenwriter Rebecca Blunt (rumoured to be Jules Asner, Soderbergh’s wife) never complicates things past a Robin Hood framing — these folks are stealing from the rich to give to the poor, nothing more…If Soderbergh’s first Ocean’s had a pitch-perfect ensemble cast, this down-home version matches up in every way.”
Catch the film in theatres on Friday. Watch the trailer below: