Logan Lucky is one of the best films released in the past five years. Over the summer the film got lost in shuffle of blockbuster mania at the box office. Now available on Blue-Ray, VOD, and DVD, it is a film that should not be missed. Director Steven Soderbergh is one of the greatest working directors today. Steven loves actors and allows them to shine in all the projects he produces and directs (Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven, The Knick, Contagion).
Comedy is frequently overlooked at the Oscars® and it will be a shame if Channing Tatum is left out of the Best Actor race for his career best performance as Jimmy Logan, the down on his luck, out of work, former football star, looking for a quick payday. Jimmy Logan is criminal with a heart of gold and moral compass. The irony is thick with his character, for actor to bring all those elements together takes a lot of skill and commitment. In the hands of another actor, much of Jimmy Logan could have not been realized and delivered with such fine precision.
Daniel Craig delivers the performance of his career as Joe Bang and should be rewarded with a much deserved Oscar® and Golden Globe® for Best Supporting Actor. Joe Bang makes the viewer forget that he is James Bond (Spectre, Skyfall, Casino Royal). When an actor is so well known for one character in a film franchise, to be able to shed that character physically, mentally, and verbally is no easy feat by any standard or stretch of the imagination.
Someone over the past two days the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle awards have failed to name Daniel Craig Best Supporting Actor of the year.
Memorable performances by the rest of the cast who are part of one the best acted film ensembles in years include Golden Globe® nominee Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience), Multiple Emmy® nominee Adam Driver (Girls, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi), Oscar® winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Emmy® winner and Oscar® Nominee Seth McFarlane (The Family Guy, Ted), and Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl, Political Animals).