Logan Lucky: Film Review 

I had been excited for Logan Lucky for a while because I LOVE the cast, Steven Soderbergh movies and the trailer made it look absolutely hilarious. I must admit that while it is very good, it is not quite the fun-filled riot I expected it to be.

Channing Tatum is Jimmy Logan, a construction worker who is laid off from his job at the Charlotte Motor Speedway because of his limp so he plans to steal money from the place during the Coca-Cola 600 rally on Memorial Day weekend with his brother Clyde (Adam Driver), sister Mellie (Riley Keough) and incarcerated explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig).

This is billed as a heist comedy but it is not a laugh a minute and I actually like that it goes for quality of jokes over quantity because it means they are more likely to be successful. However, that means it’s not quite as fun as I was hoping and that a lot of jokes have been spoiled in the trailer. They are still top quality, such as a set piece with a homemade explosion being sent down a tube into the money room being absolutely excellent. I was in stitches at that and that it is rare for a new comedy to make me do that. There are also some great popular references, particularly an exchange about Game of Thrones that I thoroughly enjoyed. The only jokes that didn’t quite work were from Seth MacFarlane, who plays an eccentric British race car owner whose comedy fell flat each time. His accent was good but it sounded like Jonathan Ross so I got distracted.

The best thing is the cast. It is so big and some big names pop up for a short time like Katie Holmes as Jimmy’s glamorous ex-wife who sends their daughter to beauty pageants, or Hilary Swank playing an FBI agent only in the third act, and Sebastian Stan as a race car driver.

The standout performance is obviously by Craig, who looks and sounds completely different, with peroxide blond hair and tattoos. The role is so radically different to what he is known for (James Bond!) it’s a surprise he got the part, but I’m so glad he did because he is the funniest character and Craig puts his all into it.

Logan Lucky is a thoroughly enjoyable movie with enough laughs to keep everyone entertained. It has a quality script and cast and interesting ending. I just wish I hadn’t seen all the trailers so I could appreciate the jokes more when watching the film.

In cinemas Friday 25th August 

See also: Pictures from the Logan Lucky London premiere

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  1. […] Logan Lucky, which also stars Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane and Hilary Swank, hits UK cinemas on Friday. Check out my review. […]

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