Review: Logan Lucky - plenty of laughs in this Oceans 7/11
PUBLISHED: 11:36 02 October 2017
Following a self imposed retirement, acclaimed director Steven Soderberg returns with Logan Lucky, his first feature film in four years.
With an A list cast featuring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig, the film tells the story of West Virginian brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan (Tatum and Driver) who, after a spell of bad luck, hatch a plan to get rich by robbing the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race.
Enlisting the help of their sister Mellie played by Riley Keogh, and explosives expert Joe Bang (Craig) the gang attempt an elaborate heist during the biggest race of the year.
Coming from the same director as Oceans Eleven it’s no surprise that the film shares some of the same traits, however there are also shades of the Coen brothers about the film which provides plenty of laughs without ever committing to full blown comedy.
Leading man Tatum provides an understated but nuanced performance as Jimmy and Adam Driver is fantastically deadpan as his bar tender brother Clyde.
Star of the show is arguably Daniel Craig who delivers an arresting performance as Joe Bang, a role that is a million miles away from his portrayal of James Bond.
The only fly in the ointment is Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, whos heavy handed portrayal of Max Chilblain an English NASCAR team owner is just plain irritating.
However his role is not big enough to spoil a film which has so much else to enjoy.
Much of that joy comes from finding out if this team of seemingly dim witted rednecks have what it takes to successfully pull off the complicated caper, which is amusingly dubbed Oceans 7/11.
With Logan Lucky, Soderberg shows that he’s still very much at the top of his game, pulling sterling performances from an impressively assembled cast and delivering a light hearted and thoroughly enjoyable heist flick.