If you need a good laugh at the end of the summer, and you want it in movie form (and a movie you can actually take your kids to, as it involves no violence, sex, or even bad language) then Logan Lucky is for sure, for sure the movie for you. For just under two hours you get to watch a group of southern hicks attempt a heist, right under the noses of the authorities, and right under the racetrack at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Daniel Craig is hilarious as Joe Bang, the criminal mastermind of blowing up the vault beneath the track. Adam Driver plays a one armed bartender (good luck with that) who is one of the two Logan boys, the other being down on his luck Channing Tatum, the former football star who blew out his knee before reaching the NFL. Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank and other swanky people fill out this cast of gypsies, tramps, and thieves.
At first, these good ole boys appear to be ‘dumber than a bag of hammers’ to steal Clooney’s line from ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’. This movie is one part Ocean’s 11, one part Talledega Nights, and one part ‘O Brother…’ and oh yeah, a little Shawnshank Redemption too, which may indeed lead you to say— ‘oh brother’ but with a big ole grin on your face. There are fun twists and turns to the tale, and a rather fun surprising ending as well. But you will have to pay really close attention to figure how this caper was pulled off. There will be stops at the ‘Little Miss West Virginia’ pageant, the Monroe County prison, and of course Charlotte Motor Speedway, in my former hometown. A good time will be had by all. It’s too bad it’s all over in less than two hours. Mr. Soderbergh was coaxed back into making movies, apparently, and just in time to give us some belly laughs. Turns out these folks are not dumber than a bag of hammers.