Movie Review – Logan Lucky (2017)

Nascar!  Southerners!  A heist!

BQB here with a review of “Logan Lucky.”

The Logan Brothers (Channing Tatum as Jimmy and Adam Driver as Clyde) hail from a family with a long string of bad luck.  They believe they are cursed, destined to always be poor, broke, miserable, and never, ever happy.

Jimmy slaves away in a West Virginia coal mine only to be fired over a limp his company’s insurance carrier wants nothing to do with.  He barely sees his daughter because his ex-wife, Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes), traded up and married a richer man.  Clyde tends bar and laments the loss of his arm while he was serving in Iraq.

In short, they are fed up and want better.  Well, Jimmy does.  Clyde does too but he’s not interested in breaking the law, but ultimately does to make his brother happy.  From thereon, the brothers devise a scheme to rob the box office of a Nascar race.

First, they’ll have to bust veteran safe blower-upper Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) out of prison, no easy feat.  I have to admit, I was a little bummed as the promos for the film made it look like Craig was the star, whereas he’s a side character.  He’s a very interesting side character and ultimately, it’s kind of fun to watch a British man who is so British he was tapped to play James Bond morph into an angry redneck.

Overall, the movie is full of wit and comedy, giving us a glimpse of what life is like for poor, downtrodden Southern folk.  Seth MacFarlane has a cameo as a British billionaire who sponsors a race car but doesn’t know the first thing about racing and just comes across as a dick.

While I did like the movie, I have some complaints.  There’s a lot going on and I’m not sure I understood half of it.  There are a lot of leaps…a lot of planning and you wonder why people are doing things.  Sometimes you find out…sometimes I’m not sure if we find out or if I missed it.

There are some plot holes.  For example, Tatum, long suffering over the loss of his wife yet having to show up to her new husband’s mansion and accept he will never be half as good a provider, has a brief flirtation with a doctor.  SPOILER – the relationship never blooms and I mean…why?  My only guess is that the actress playing the doctor was, well…she was pretty but real life pretty, not Hollywood pretty…I can only assume Channing Tatum has a rule that he must only kiss Hollywood hot chicks.  (Probably not a rule but it would be funny if he did.)

The movie runs a bit long.  Hillary Swank is introduced towards the end to wrap up a pointless investigation that goes nowhere.  She feels almost wasted as a character.  Ultimately, I’m left confused about a lot of things, as well as the future of the characters.

Even so, it made me laugh enough and think enough that I can recommend it.

STATUS:  Shelf-worthy.

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5 thoughts on “Movie Review – Logan Lucky (2017)

  1. Jim S. says:

    I saw this when it came out and enjoyed it. Came in under the radar and unjustly overlooked I think. I agree about not always being able to follow it. During the wrap-up, they could have done a better job of explaining what happened. But overall, worth watching when it’s On Demand.

    • I hate say it but I dozed off a little bit. Did they ever explain why Jim gives the money back? Also, I never understood that whole part with the lady with the glasses who gets the cake and her car gets hit. And the cockroaches. Come to think of it, I didn’t understand a lot.

      • Jim S. says:

        I can’t remember the plot anymore frankly so I don’t know. I’d need to see it again and watch that wrap-up. As to dozing, yeah, I tend to do that occasionally. I caught a nice nap recently during “Murder On the Orient Express” which I found to be somewhat inert.

    • Also Joe Bang never did anything that he had to break out of prison for. He could have just told the boys how to do it.

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