Kyle Says Soderbergh Does It Again With LOGAN LUCKY

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“Logan Lucky” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, and Seth MacFarlane. “Logan Lucky” tells the story of two brothers who live in Virginia that develop a plan to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is Steven Soderbergh’s first film since announcing his retirement back in 2013 and deciding to come out of it. Could this film pull of the same fun and adventure that Soderbergh’s other films (“Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13”) achieved? The answer is yes! This film is an absolute great time from beginning to end.

The plot of “Logan Lucky” was so crazy and out there, that it worked in a weird and hilarious way. Channing Tatum’s character is laid off from his job and in an attempt to make some money back, he assembles a crew to pull off a heist during one of the biggest NASCAR races of the year in Charlotte, NC. What makes this film work is the acting and the chemistry between the entire cast. This movie is very funny without telling a single joke throughout the entire film. What brings out the laughs from the audience is the interactions and personas of the characters. All of the characters are southern rednecks who seem like they have no idea what they are doing. However, they are all way smarter then they appear. The standout in particular is Daniel Craig, the current James Bond. He has the most fun he has ever had in a movie, and is the funniest character in the movie. With scenes of people putting salt on eggs and throwing toilet seats on rings, you can see how humor can come of those situations. People just doing what they normally do can be humorous when done the right way, and it certainly works in “Logan Lucky”.

Other things positive about this film is the directing, tone, and script. Soderbergh’s direction he took with this film was very risky, but a risk that payed off. Nearly two hours of country accents can get annoying, but when done the right way it can work. The reason why this film worked was because you become invested in the characters and instantly care for them and want them to succeed in stealing this money and breaking people out of prison. The tone of this movie is very consistent and perfect for this movie. The film achieves exactly what it was going for and hits it out of the park. Finally, the script is also very well written. The dialogue is very simple, but expertly executed to create a story that is not confusing, nor rushed. All the character motivations are clear, and their personalities and well portrayed by the actors.

While this film has many positives, “Logan Lucky” is not without its negatives. Nothing is too terrible that it ruins the movie, there are just some things you wish were done better. First off, the third act of this film feels rushed where it seems like they were taking their time in telling the story and then instantly felt like they needed to wrap up quickly. Another thing I found annoying was Seth MacFarlane’s character. He felt like he was in a completely different movie compared to the rest of the cast, and came across as just another “Family Guy” character. The aspect of the race going on also wasn’t felt in the film. This may have been a directorial choice, but is felt like the NASCAR race was never really going on and was put in the back burner. There’s a point where something happens that moves the heist up a week to the date of the race and Tatum’s character says “means nothing, doesn’t change the plan at all” which really shows where the heist really could’ve taken place during any event.

In the end, “Logan Lucky” is a fun and entertaining time at the movies that brings a great end to the summer movie season. Will this movie get awards consideration? Most likely not, it’s not that type of movie, however it is in no way undeserving. The acting, directing, writing, and execution are all fantastic and makes you smile the entire time. Soderbergh does it again with another great movie and hopefully he can come out of retirement again because he definitely has not lost his touch. Go and check this movie out before it goes away because not many people know about this film which is a shame because it is a truly great time. I highly recommend “Logan Lucky”.

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