Soderbergh is a pro when it comes to crafting twisty, effortlessly cool heist movies (Ocean's Eleven, Out of Sight) and here he has made one of the more enjoyable entries in his career. He is aided by a game cast, many playing against type. Channing Tatum dials down the sex appeal, and replaces it with an approachable demeanour he can sometimes lack, and comes complete with a tremendous chemistry with the other Logan, Adam Driver. Daniel Craig pops up in the fun role of explosives expert, Joe Bang, and the rest of the ensemble are all having a lot of fun with the film. Riley Keough, in this film as well as the earlier It Comes At Night, feels like a talent worth watching, capable in drama and comedy.
In fact the cast is strong enough to make a pair of performances noticeably out of sync. Hilary Swank pops up near the end as the investigating FBI Officer and brings an intensity that threatens to suck the levity out of movie. But she fairs much better than Seth MacFarlane who, complete with broad English accent, is far too cartoonish for the film. He's really rather irritating here.
The film ambles along at its own pace, only really gaining a sense of urgency as the big day approaches. But this gives it room to breath, as we get to know our collection of misfits. It's fun, throwaway, but with just enough ticking away to allude to the problems that
Sometimes a break can be good for a creative. After his sabbatical (let's ignore that it was a "retirement") on TV, Soderbergh feels like he has regained his voice. Logan Lucky is equal parts a fun romp, a sweet character study, and a slight exploration of some of the ills of American life. You'll enjoy the ride, but the film does nothing to convince that NASCAR is an exciting sport.