Lucky For Some
♦ Tripwire’s editor-in-chief JOEL MEADOWS took a look at Steven Sodebergh’s return to filmmaking with Logan Lucky, out now…
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Jim O’Heir, Daniel Craig
The last cinema film that Soderbergh directed was HBO Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra back in 2013. It was released to cinemas in the UK and since then he has dedicated his efforts to making TV like The Knick and producing Magic Mike on the big screen. Soderbergh was a director with a big name and a decent reputation back in the 1990s but how has he fared after a few years away?
He was always one of the most stylish and stylised movie practitioners but for every Out of Sight, there was a Good German. Ocean’s Eleven looked pretty but that and its follow-ups were increasingly vapid.
So it is 2017 and we have Logan Lucky, an oddball heist movie about two redneck brothers Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) and Clyde (Adam Driver). Jimmy is a miner who has just lost his job while Clyde is an army vet who tends bar to make ends meet. They come up with the crazy idea of robbing local NASCAR race and stealing the venue’s takings. However it all hinges on the skills of one Joe Bang, an explosives expert who rather inconveniently happens to be in prison. Bang is played by Daniel Craig complete with dyed white blonde hair.
Soderbergh has lost none of his skills as a director and Logan Lucky barrels along helped by the presence of Tatum and Driver, who do have a likeable chemistry. Plus Katie Holmes as Jimmy’s ex-wife Bobbie Jo-Chapman shows that she does actually have a little range as an actor while Craig is very good indeed and he inhabits the part of crazy criminal Bang with real style and panache.
However despite the flair on display here, Logan Lucky does feel a little bit flimsy with the film’s payoff a little flat after all of the buildup. Soderbergh is still a director with something to say but there is something lacking here. It is good to see him back making films but this does feel very much like he has returned to his comfort zone after a few years away. Let’s hope that, if he is back permanently now, that he will take chances with the sort of material he will tackle in future. Logan Lucky reminds us that away from Bond, Daniel Craig is actually a fairly versatile actor. Apparently, screenwriter Rebecca Blunt isn’t a real figure so one has to wonder who actually penned this. Logan Lucky isn’t a great film but it is a very likeable one with a solid cast.
Logan Lucky is out now in cinemas in the UK and US