(Steven Soderbergh, 2017) Y
For a second imagine that what you read below was published on a real section of a newspaper. I mean, not on the film page, but on the headlines of World News.
"West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina."
What is your reaction? What should it be? You obviously wonder if the police caught them or not, if the money will ever be found, if there anyone was wounded. Plus: what a terrible family! What sorts of parents, if ever, they had?
The fact is that cinema has the power to invert your values. In the cinema, you are allowed to be revengeful, to love nasty people, to have fun with murderers. Good directors know how to be very manipulative. Soderbergh's new picture bets on your negative instincts, because, after all, none of his characters are on the evil side.
Of course the reason why the two brothers (played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) decide to steal is because they are fucked up. Besides being disabled (one walks with a limp, and the other one has lost an arm), they are a little bit dumb. They need the help of a professional robber, who is in prison (the funny Daniel Craig). The trio is responsible for the comic chemistry of the Lucky family. Soderbergh's humour suits well a sunny Sunday matinee. You will certainly enjoy how Craig leaves the prison -- and then comes back --, even if you had two pints or is very sleepy in your couch. Logan Lucky is a hybrid of Coen Brothers and Fast and Furious.
You might be tired of seeing Craig in the role of James Bond, and a little be disappointed that next Bond will be him again. Allow yourself to Give Craig a chance. He is extraordinary as a convicted felon. And he is genuinely having fun.
The secret of Logan Lucky is bigger than the hands of a manipulative filmmaker. It is based on the contagious power of laughter. If the actors can make Soderbergh laugh -- he already knew by heart their actor's lines, right? -- they will make you laugh too