I feel that whenever a person says they are retiring, it’s mostly so that they can make a glorious comeback. Seriously, nobody seems to be retiring for good these days.
I say this because that’s what happened with Steven Soderbergh, who has returned to grace us all with a heist comedy, a genre he masters.
Logan Lucky is no Ocean’s Eleven, be warned. While the Clooney hit was all about elegance and wit, Logan Lucky is raw, with a more down-to-earth comedy style and, well, expect no tailored suits in here.
The main characters are Jimmy and Clyde Logan (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, both nailing their roles), two brothers with little luck who decide to rob money from the vault at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, from where Jimmy has just been fired. To achieve this goal, they enlist for their cause Joe Bang (a superb Daniel Craig) and his not-too-smart brothers Sam and Fish, as well as the third Logan sibling, Mellie (Riley Keough). This already star-studded cast is completed with plenty more Hollywood names, like Sebastian Stan, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston and Hilary Swank, although they play mostly what I’d call long cameos.
The film doesn’t have the beat the Ocean films had (I blame this on a not-too-perfect editing), but the characters’ personalities and reactions make up for it. The story has a charm to it, and it feels more real than any fancy heist in Las Vegas. The people here show us how they feel, and their motivations, and the twist in the end makes them even more authentic, if that was even possible.
After all, heist movies always make you root for the thieves.