I’ve never been a fan of Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S ELEVEN: I find it insufferably smug, over-stylised and that it thinks it’s far cleverer than it actually is. Thankfully LOGAN LUCKY doesn’t share such pretensions, nailing on what it is from the start and putting colourful characters in entertaining situations above flashy plotting or spectacle. The story does throw in a few sharp turns, but it’s more slick misdirection than bending over backwards for the sake of a twist. Channing Tatum and his surprisingly convincing onscreen brother Adam Driver both turn in among their best work and Daniel Craig seems to relish not being Bond. There’s no reason for a Seth Macfarlane to be in this at all, even less with his atrocious English accent (Soderbergh has form for hiring actors to butcher dialects) but luckily he’s only in it briefly and doesn’t ruin the flow of this serviceable caper. SSP
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