Cinematic retirement means nothing anymore. Just like Kevin Smith and Hayao Miyazaki, Steven Soderbergh decided to dust of his camera lens for Logan Lucky, his self-proclaimed “Oceans 7-11″ which has him return to the heist flick once again. Though it doesn’t have the suave and sophistication his previous heist flicks had, part of that comes with the setting in which he swaps the glitz and glam of Las Vegas for the rustic outback of West Virginia, yet even with that, there still seems like there’s something missing in Logan Lucky.
Where the film prevails is in its gun-ho spirit, combining low-down comedy and frantic pacing to keep the film running at a beat. All the characters are entertaining and interesting in their equal parts, though the inclusion of some can be questioned. Story arcs that involve Seth McFarlane and Hilary Swank are inclusions that almost break the flow at times. Soderbergh tries to add more layers to his master heist plan with there inclusion, but in these two cases it misses the chord.
Aside from that, props have to be given to the off-kilter casting choices that are entertaining to watch. Adam Driver as a monolithic, Frankenstein-esque gentle giant and Daniel Craig’s squeeky voiced Joe Bang are beautifully written and credit has to go to Soderbergh for that, as zany characters have often been a staple of his. If he chooses to return to retirement, this will be a better end to his career than Magic Mike.