Logan Lucky is a 2017 heist comedy film following the Logan family and their attempt to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The film features an ensemble cast comprising of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig and Seth MacFarlane.
Logan Lucky follows the West Virginian Logan family and their attempt to steal a vast amount of money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, all whilst avoiding security officers and the FBI. We’ve seen numerous heist films in the past, most of which are set in casinos or high-tech banks, however Logan Lucky is the first heist film I have seen to take place in a motorsport complex! The Charlotte Motor Speedway serves as a fantastic backdrop for what is one of the most well-crafted comedy heists I’ve seen in recent years.
Undoubtedly, Logan Lucky’s impressive ensemble cast is what makes the film so entertaining. Channing Tatum plays Jimmy Logan, a former construction crew member at the Charlotte Motor Speedway who devises the plan to rob the speedway and his performance as the West Virginian blue-collar worker may just be his best I have ever seen! From his convincing accent to his subtle mannerisms, Channing Tatum manages to absolutely nail the character of Jimmy Logan and makes him one of the most likeable characters in the film.
Likewise, Adam Driver who stars as Clyde Logan, Jimmy’s brother, similarly delivers a stellar performance as the war veteran amputee. Like Channing Tatum, Adam Driver manages to create a brilliant persona for his character which not only makes him a convincing character, but also a truly authentic one. It’s credit to Adam Driver the vast array of different roles he can play, particularly when you compare the character of Clyde Logan to the likes of Kylo Ren in the Star Wars Saga.
Arguably the most impressive performance however comes from Daniel Craig as Joe Bang, a criminal known for his safe-cracking experience. Joe is a completely crazy character and Daniel Craig absolutely brings him to life – at times his performance is so powerful he’s unrecognisable from his James Bond character we’ve seen over the years! It’s equally as hard to fault any of the supporting characters either, with some stand out performances from Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane and Sebastian Stan too. The variety of actors and their unique characters play a big part in keeping Logan Lucky engaging right through to the very end.
Whilst it’s hard not to be enamoured by some of the performances from the outstanding cast, the plot itself is equally as entertaining. Instead of an elaborate plan on how to execute the heist like we’ve seen numerous times in heist films before, Logan Lucky opts for a much simpler approach but gets it absolutely spot on. Its ‘low tech’ approach is fitting of its characters and as a whole, the film never pretends to be something it’s not which gives it a certain kind of Southeast American charm.
The film does go at a bit of a slow pace, particularly compared with the likes of the Ocean’s series of films, however this slow pace only helps in carving out some truly engrossing characters arcs. Whilst the progression of the film is on the slower side of the spectrum, Logan Lucky’s narrative is a smooth journey which is really brought to life by its characters, setting and simple approach.
Driven by stellar performances from its ensemble cast and a simple approach full of Southeast American charm, Logan Lucky is an absolute delight.