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Logan Lucky – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  Aug. 18, 2017
Rating:  PG-13
Run Time:  1 hour 59 min
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  4 out of 10

A non-spoiler review.

What you need to know about Logan Lucky:  Nearly every funny scene is shown in the credits.  What isn’t shown in the credits isn’t funny enough to have to go see the film.

The story here is that two brothers form a team of rag tag thieves to pull off a heist at a NASCAR event.  That is it, nothing else really left to say for the plot.

What works:  Excellent casting.  Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig and Hilary Swank are all sound actors that give you what they can out of this script.  New comer Riley Keough also provides a sound performance.  NASCAR fans can also look for a few cameo appearances from more popular drivers.  Daniel Craig as a comedic actor?  I would have loved to see him with more laughable moments, he was great.

What doesn’t work:  Someone forgot to tell the writer that this is a comedy.  Honestly, nearly every funny moment appeared in the trailer for the film.  How disappointing is it when a film bills itself as a comedy and doesn’t deliver?  Seth MacFarlane is usually very funny, but his character tries to deliver some comic relief but I could not find anything to laugh about, the character offers little to nothing to the story.  Poor Hilary Swank, an Oscar award winner who is drastically underutilized and a wasted talent in this film.

The director, Steven Soderbergh, is also known for his Ocean 11, 12, 13 movies.  When you get right down to it, this film has the same heist formula and maybe it would have worked had it been billed more as a drama than a comedy.  Feels like I got the ole bait and switch pulled on me.

One point of interest, actor Riley Keough may look familiar.  She has been in recent films such as Mad Max: Fury Road and It Comes At Night.  She is the daughter of Lisa-Marie Presley, making her the granddaughter of Elvis and Prascilla Presley.

Not even a Shelby Mustang that makes an appearance could get me excited enough to enjoy the film.  Do you know when you pour yourself a glass of milk but accidentally drink a glass of juice and that immediate confusion your mind has?  Ya, this movie is like that.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Logan Lucky a 4.  Not even close to being worth concessions.

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