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Review Logan Lucky: Likeable quirky characters, some clever jokes but unfortunately nothing more that that!

genre: comedy, crime, drama, heist






When Logan Lucky was announced it very much looked like a film that would be right up my alley. I am a sucker for heist films especially if they are filled with good actors and other strong elements. So is Logan Lucky worth your time?

Logan Lucky doesn't waste it's time to show you what it's main strength is. The characters. They are quirky but likeable. You get to learn enough about them to give you some idea what they are about. However if you were hoping for some deep character study then you are really going to be disappointed since most of the characters aren't fleshed out that well and they usually act in service of the plot. The plot revolves around a heist during a Nascar race in North Carolina. But unlike most heist plots they are completely devoid of tension and thrills. Some twist and turns although very poorly implemented because you will hardly notice them since they happen so quick and sudden without rhyme and reason. They are just there to supposedly to give you that big dramatic impact at the end. And in case you can't already tell there is no dramatic impact. It's the good cast that makes you overlook the flawed plot since they are the ones that demand your attention. Albino Daniel Craig as Joe Bang and unrecognisable Seth MacFarlane as Max Chilblain are very good examples of that. Seems to me that Seth really has improved on his acting big time. Daniel Craig always had that though guy look. But as an albino he has never looked more menacing. Therefore it is quite funny to observe that the same character is not nearly as competent as he claims to be. And there was something about Mellie Logan (Riley Keough) but couldn't figure out what exactly until I found out that she is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley. She is the eldest grandchild of Elvis Presley and has a strong resemblance to him. Adam Driver as the more quiet brother definitely shines far better here than he did in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Channing Tatum is the lead and acts as the straight man since he is the one who introduces us to all the strange characters and then brings them together. He himself is adequate but unremarkable. Katie Holmes has a very pointless and useless role and maybe it's me but she looks so old and bored.

The other good element is some of the comedy. There is a very good joke about Game of Thrones. It's so good in fact that this joke alone almost would have made it worth for me. But there are some nice subtle smaller ones involving the characters forcing you to realize there is more to them than you initially thought. Although they can be easily dismissed under the guise of quirkiness. 

Logan Lucky has two main things going for itself. Likeable quirky characters and some real clever jokes that will make you laugh out loud. Although the number of these jokes is very low so keep that in mind. But that is it. Other than these two things there is nothing else. Is that worth your time? For a one time watch in company or on your own on a rainy Sunday, it can be a decent watch. 





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