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Logan Lucky Movie Review

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There are a couple of movies coming out this weekend, so first we’re going to talk about Logan Lucky! I was extremely excited to see Logan Lucky. I thought it had one of the best trailers of the year, and the cast is fantastic. Channing Tatum went from being an actor I didn’t particularly care for to one of my favorites just because of how funny and talented he is along with how he seemingly creates chemistry with everyone. I also love Adam Driver because I see him as the opposite of a typecast actor. He is always in a different role, and I love that despite having one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, he always stands out and gives 100% to something different. This is also Steven Soderbergh’s return to feature-length films after a brief retirement, so I wanted to see what he put together!

Logan Lucky is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, and Sebastian Stan. The Logan brothers are a little bit down on their luck. Jimmy, played by Channing Tatum, was recently released from his job for liability reasons, and Clyde, played by Adam Driver, is a one-handed bartender. To pick themselves back up off the ground, they decide to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year.

Just from the trailer, I fully expected this to be one of the most enjoyable movies of the year, and that’s exactly what Logan Lucky is. First of all, this cast is phenomenal in the film. There are multiple performances that you don’t often see from these actors, so I enjoyed the ride as they took me to places I don’t often go to with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, or Daniel Craig. This takes place in the heart of North Carolina which could be considered a part of the US not often acknowledged in Hollywood, so seeing a southern-style, American-as-apple-pie heist movie was a refreshing blast. I loved the characters, and I think that they face issues that a lot of people will be able to connect to here in 2017. Obviously it’s easy to make characters performing illegal acts unlikable, but I never had an issue with the characters in this story because they all had motivations and reasons for their actions. I also love how this film is written. Often times the most important character-building moments come through things that are left unsaid. There are lots of moments without any dialogue, but we’re still watching things unfold through visual storytelling, and we learn a ton about each person and how they have been interlinked. On top of chemistry in general, the cast has great physical chemistry that can make actions or gestures work to feed the story. This goes along with the visual storytelling, and the way the Logan brothers interact or time dialogue or how the Bang brothers confer to make a decision really works for physical comedy. Finally, I loved how the film never overcomplicates itself. It never ties itself down in convoluted story or convoluted twists to the point where it stops being fun. An easy way to kill fun is to keep secrets from the audience and make them feel like they aren’t part of what’s happening on-screen, but Logan Lucky never takes that path, and it keeps giving the audience enjoyable moments.

I only have a couple of issues with the film. First, sometimes I was caught a bit off-guard by how the movie was edited. I struggle to say that this is something that I didn’t like about the film because it could very well be and probably is intentional, but there are times in which I expected more from certain scenes, but a cut to the next scene would leave everything behind. I would either feel as though it cut too soon before finishing a certain scene, or it would drag on for another few seconds and feel like the cut came too late. Again, it’s a nit-pick that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the movie, but it threw me off a bit at times. My only other issue was with the resolution of the film. As you probably know from the trailer, Hilary Swank and Macon Blair appear as FBI agents in charge of finding out who stole from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A couple of key pieces seemed to be slightly glossed over and brushed away, but again, it wasn’t as though it was a reach for what the film was. It fit as far as tone and style, so I can’t complain about it too much.

Overall, Logan Lucky is one of the most fun movies of the year, and I think it ties a nice bow on a generally positive summer season. When we go to the movie theater, we love to have fun, and that’s exactly what Logan Lucky offers. It gives us great characters with motivations and justified actions, so it’s hard not to take their side despite the fact that they’re robbing one of the biggest speedways in America. The heist itself became sensical through these characters, and each person had a key role to play. It never overcomplicates itself or takes the audience out of the movie. It stays within its boundaries and knows exactly how to pull the right genre punches. I’m going to give Logan Lucky a 7.8/10.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm