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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.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Trailer Snark (August 18, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate) – Action/Comedy
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout
Tag Line: Never let him out of your sight. Never let your guard down. Never fall in love.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek
Plot: The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Chris: A mildly amusing comedic action romp. But not enough to get me to shell out the cashola. Guess they are going to have to pry it from my cold dead fingers. Just call me 251.
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer.  Dark comedy. Two quality actors familiar with comedy and action.  Looking forward to seeing this one.

Logan Lucky (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for language and some crude comments
Tag Line: See how the other half steals.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
Plot: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Chris: Daniel Craig really pulled off that southern accent with skill. Color me surprised! Logan may be lucky enough to get me in a theater seat.
Wayne:  Looks like a fun comedy.  Going to get a lot of NASCAR fans going to this one.  Looking forward to seeing Craig in a comedic role.

Gook (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Simone Baker, Justin Chon
Plot: Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It’s just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: One of the biggest stories of the LA riots triggered by the Rodney King chase and beating (which occurred when I was a freshman in college) was the relationship between the Black and Korean communities in the city. That, in itself, makes this a very interesting human interest piece for me.
Wayne:  With all going on in the world right now, I’m going to sell this trailer.  Looking for more upbeat stories.

Lemon (Magnolia Pictures) – Comedy/Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Inger Tudor, Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera
Plot: A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his girlfriend of 10 years.
Running Time: 83 minutes

Chris: Looks a little too offbeat, awkward, and Michael Cera for my liking.
Wayne:  Selling this movie.  There is only so much downward spiral stories one can take. 

6 Days (Icon Films) – Action/Drama/History
Rated R for violence and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Jamie Bell
Plot: In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen the likes of.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: Riveting and intense trailer. Count me in.
Wayne:  Looks interesting.  Might be a rainy day film to catch.  I buy this trailer.

Tickets Purchased: One for Logan Lucky (Wayne) and one for 6 Days (Chris)