Logan Lucky is a 2017 American heist comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by an unknown screenwriter named Rebecca Blunt. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan.
Logan Lucky follows the three Logan siblings in Charlotte, North Carolina: Jimmy, Clyde, and Mellie. The Logans are known for having a history of bad luck; Jimmy was an all-star high school football player who was prevented from going to the NFL because of an injury and Clyde lost his hand in the Iraq War. After being laid off from his construction job, Jimmy concocts a plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Steven Soderbergh got his start creating indie films like Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, but the acclaimed filmmaker is best known for directing The Ocean’s Trilogy from 2001 to 2007. Soderbergh, with a long and successful career, went on a much publicized hiatus from feature filmmaking in 2013 following the acclaimed Behind The Candelabra, saying that obstacles and studio meddling make it difficult for filmmakers to stay true to their artistic vision.
It is fitting, then, that Soderbergh’s return to the scene would be an independently produced, distributed, directed, and possibly written (many have posited that Rebecca Blunt is a pseudonym for Soderbergh himself) film that can be aptly described as “Redneck Ocean’s Eleven.”
Logan Lucky is a triumphant comeback for a talented director. With a style and sense of humor very similar to its spiritual predecessor, this hilarious film also benefits from wonderful performances from all involved, specifically Adam Driver and Daniel Craig. It is remarkable to see that the Englishman known almost exclusively for playing the classy superspy can also effectively portray a redneck white trash explosives expert with the same ease. All the cast does an excellent job, but these two, I feel, are the standouts.
It goes without saying that the writing of this film is very much on point. Logan Lucky was described while doing my research as “2017’s Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.” I can tell you right now this a very accurate descriptor and a factor that works to it’s advantage. It also features exceptional cinematography from Peter Andrews and suitable music by composer David Holmes.
Logan Lucky is a smartly-written, well-performed, exceptionally-shot, hilarious callback to a talented director’s magnum opus with a unique twist that humanizes and empathizes with redneck culture rather than making fun of them. It is certainly worth a watch… or a few.