Steven Soderbergh cut his Hollywood teeth and made his grand entrance simultaneously in 1989 with his indie film “Sex, Lies and Videotape” at the age of 26. He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes younger than any before him, leading many to call him somewhat of a “chosen one.” He has always been one to buck these conventional narratives however and makes the movies he wants to make no matter what you expect of him. After creating the 2000s powerhouse of the celebrity-packed “Oceans” trilogy, he returned to his indie roots and also focused on television with the Cinemax show, “The Knick.” He created another cultural sensation with the release of “Magic Mike,” and by having basic creative control on its successful sequel. Rather than stay in one lane, he has often jumped back and forth, which leads us to his latest film, “Logan Lucky.”
“Logan Lucky” is basically the culmination of the 2000s-today stretch of Soderbergh’s career with the re-teaming of the “Magic Mike” lead, Channing Tatum, and a return to the heist genre of film. Set during the biggest NASCAR race of the year and featuring a dirtier and realistic band of characters, this heist is grittier and more last-minute than the uber-planned, sleek and efficient heists of the Ocean’s Crew in those films. This allows for a fun and fresh take on the heist genre that features the signature brand of comedy and twists that made the “Oceans” movies, and a lot of Soderbergh’s work, so engrossing. Come for the great cast, featuring Daniel Craig, Riley Keough and Adam Driver in fantastic supporting roles, but stay for the fantastic script and top notch direction, as always.