August 18, 2017

R: August 18th, 2017 | R: 119 minutes | R: PG-13

Steven Soderbergh is back. He's finally returned to form from his early retirement and he's bringing the big guns. With a stellar cast that includes a has-been turned single dad Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), his one-armed bartender brother Clyde (Adam Driver), his quick-witted sister Mellie (Riley Keough), and short-tempered prison inmate Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), LOGAN LUCKY is an explosive feast of hilariousness and cleverness combined.

Rebbeca Blunt, the film's sole writer, pays dues to influences like the Coen Brothers, playing with absurdly comical moments and smart quips that keep LOGAN LUCKY at an unpredictable pace. Soderbergh, the director/cinematographer/editor, paces this film just like he did with his very own Ocean's Trilogy, leaving clues and hidden layers in a seemingly simple plan that takes more doing than thinking to execute. It's an enjoyable structure willing to keep you on your toes to appreciate its detailed narrative.

Despite some minor plot holes and miscues from Soderbergh, this film begins and ends with its cast (and countless cameos), who all do a terrific job at playing charmingly ordinary characters with a Southern side to them. It's important to note that at no point does it feel like Soderbergh and Blunt give them a twang that might be offensive to a certain audience. Prison inmate Joe Bang, for example, often feels like the only person who knows what he's actually doing thanks to his invaluable knowledge of improvised science. This is the work of brilliant actors who display more talent than the accent and setting let on.

LOGAN LUCKY isn't just funny and smart; it's Soderbergh's delightful, star-studded, sweet, and comprehensive latest project that hopefully starts another great run of films. We missed him.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Gerardo Gerardo (Contributor) is a film student living in Philadelphia. He usually prefers independent and classic films, but he will watch anything in theaters.
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