An interesting new take on the classic heist film
Playing it safe is a style far too many filmmakers are happy to settle upon. Creating a film that brings nothing new to the table except fresh money seems to be the method production companies thrive with. Good for them, not for anyone else.
Logan Lucky is the exact opposite. It knows its genre and turns it on its head, giving an interesting new take on the classic heist film. Using a cast in roles you’ve never seen the likes of, and a great script with genuine relatability, Logan Lucky is one of the most intriguing films of the year.
Fired from his job for being unfit to work, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) knows how to get himself some well-needed cash. With the help of his siblings Mellie and Clyde (Riley Keough and Adam Driver) and Joe, a maverick currently sitting in a prison cell (Daniel Craig), Jimmy sets up to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the most spectacular fashion possible.
Logan Lucky is a film built on its performances. Tatum puts in one of his best showings to date as a loving father, in the strangest of circumstances. Trying to do the best he can for his young daughter, he comes across as a genuine fighter. Adam Driver plays the emotionally challenged brother, showing just how versatile he is with his booming baritone voice.
Then there’s Katie Holmes and Riley Keough playing seemingly run of the mill Virginian women, except they have their own subtle yet brilliant traits giving them a share of the limelight. The real star is Daniel Craig however. In his most vibrant and outrageous performance yet, Craig is an absolute delight, showcasing his ability to act complete insanity.
Nevertheless, Logan Lucky is let down by its plot. As it builds repeatedly to the huge reveal, a subtle ploy for what is promising to be a magnificent ending finishes up just being rather ordinary. It’s a weakness that does taint a wonderfully unique script with passionate characters.
It’s greatly funny, whilst staying calm and collected, knowing exactly how it wants to come across. If it wasn’t for a weak ending this could have become a genuine cult classic, however, there is far too much to love about Logan Lucky with an abundance of unique charm, to not enjoy its tense story and passionate characters.