I went in to see Logan Lucky completely blind. I had seen brief pieces of the trailer, but only enough to where I could see the cast that was in it. I had no idea as to what the plot entailed or even if it would be any good. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't end up hating it.
The story centers around the Logan family and the down on his luck Jimmy Logan, played by Channing Tatum. After being let go from his job doing construction at the Charlotte Speedway, he hatches a plan to rob the place with his brother and a rag-tag cast of characters. Logan also has a daughter who participates in beauty pageants who he is trying not to disappoint.
Jimmy and his brother (played by Adam Driver) come up with seems like a relatively simple plan. Break into the speedway, grab the money, and then go. What I loved about the movie was that even though you thought you saw the entire plan, there was much much more to it.
I'm not really sure how to classify this movie. It's not a drama, but it wasn't really a comedy either. I guess it could be called a "heist" movie? But that's not really a genre…yet.
The characters are likeable even though they are robbing a place. Daniel Craig plays a serial robber and bomb maker with a spot of American Accent and a weird nearly neo-nazi look to him. While I enjoyed seeing him in the role, I spent most of the time I saw him on screen thinking to myself…"that's James Bond". It was a little bit off-putting.
I wasn't as happy with the ending. I felt the entire movie could have done without it. The appearance of Hillary Swank at the end as the FBI investigator was an interesting surprise but the way she spoke was incredibly odd. I didn't understand it as a choice for the character.
I enjoyed the movie overall. If you're a fan of Tatum or Driver or Craig, you'll likely enjoy the movie. There isn't a ton of character development that occurs, these people are who they are and that's it.
There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours.
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