Daniel Craig Weekend – Logan Lucky (2017)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Rebecca Blunt (Screenplay)

Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Hilary Swank

 

Plot: Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.


Tagline – See How The Other Half Steals

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Enough

 

Story: Logan Lucky starts as we follow Jimmy Logan (Tatum) as he loses his job and lets down his daughter, leaving his sister Mellie (Keough) getting him out of trouble, he loses his job and finds his ex-wife Bobbie Jo (Holmes) is moving to the next state. Jimmy’s brother is a one-armed bar tender Clyde (Driver) after his service in Iraq, the three siblings work on a big plan in the life of crime.

Jimmy’s plan is to first break Joe Bang (Craig) out of prison to help rob the Nascar event in North Carolina, after Jimmy has learnt how the money is transferred, will this plan go through as expected?

 

Thoughts on Logan Lucky

 

Characters – Jimmy Logan has been a down on his luck when it comes to jobs, being a responsible father leving him to reach the end of his hope. Jimmy has a plan to rob the Nascar race track on race day after learning how the money is trasnffered, now he puts together his team. His is a good man just wanting the best for his family. Clyde is the brother of Jimmy, he has lost a hand in Iraq and joins his brother in the plan. Joe Bang is the best safe cracker in the south, but he is behind bars, he will work on the team with his own rules which means breaking him out and giving him explosives. Mellie is the sister of the family, she uses her looks to get out of trouble and likes to show off her knowledge of cars.

PerformancesChanning Tatum in the leading role works, he continues to show he can step away from the sex symbol he has created around himself to play the less desirable roles. Adam Drive also shows us another string to his talents in this dead pan comedy roles. Riley Keough is strong too through the film here she plays the typical redneck woman. Daniel Craig gives the best performance in the film, he gets the most laughs with his mad character that he doesn’t go over the top.

StoryThe story is a heist movie from the lower class of America, we have the characters that have fallen on hard times over the usual experienced heist going team. The story works for a heist film and follows the books as you would imagine without being anything overly original and feeling long in places. We have the scene which reveals the heist to finishes off the moments of the story we might not have picked up on earlier.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy feels dead pan for the most part and does keep the tone of the crime side of the story feeling light, which works for the style the film is going for.

SettingsThe settings work because it shows where the characters are from and how difficult their lives are.


Scene of the Movie –
Science time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It feels long.

Final ThoughtsSimple by the book heist film, it has moments of comedy but it ends up being nothing overly original but easily watchable.

 

Overall: Easy to watch and fun.

Rating

 

 

 

Woman in Gold (2015)

ogoDirector: Simon Curtis

Writer: Alexi Kaye Campbell (Screenplay) E Randol Schoenberg, Maria Altmann (Life Story)

Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance

Plot: Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Incredible True Story

Story: Woman In Gold starts Los Angeles 1998 where Maria (Mirren) is burying her sister, at the funeral she asks her friend for a favour. Maria is looking a lawyer and Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds) is the person she turns to. Randy has a big historic background but is trying to make it on his own after a failure to make his own practise work. Maria is trying to get her family artwork back after it was stolen during World War II by the Nazis.

Maria starts by just telling the story before pushing Randy into taking the case and after reluctantly taking his new boss Sherman (Dance) into taking the case and letting him go to Austria to investigate the case. The odd couple Maria and Randy travel to Austria and teaming up with Austrian Hubertus Czernin (Bruhl) to learn how the new legal system is starting and how difficult it will be to get her treasures back.

We do get flashbacks from Maria as she remembers pre-war and during the war what was happening to her family. When Maria loses her appeal it leaves the pair facing the losing battle when the only option is to go to court which they simply can’t afford. They bring the battle back to the States where they finally get the upper hand but will they finally win the case.

Woman In Gold when it comes to true story films we ask the questions how much is true because the horror genre has ruined the concept. I am always interested in a true story that explains something from history, we know the horrific crimes committed in the war by the Nazi’s. I think this is a great story that shows how hard people will fight for what is right, I do think some people will find this slow but fully enjoyable. (8/10)

Actor Review

Helen Mirren: Maria Altmann is a holocaust survivor who wants to bring her family’s art back after it was stolen by the Nazi’s during World War II. She teams up with young lawyer who has connections to her past to take on the Austrian government. Helen gives a great performance in the leading role. (9/10)maria

Ryan Reynolds: Randy Schoenberg is young lawyer who has a rich history in his name, he has failed in his business ventures to be a lawyer, he gets a chance to work with Maria putting all his future job opportunities on the line as well as his personal life. Ryan gives us a great performance showing he can do serious. (8/10)randy

Daniel Bruhl: Hubertus Czernin is the Austrian connection that helps Maria and Randy learn about the Austrian law when it comes to reclaiming painting stolen during the war. Daniel gives a good supporting character performance. (7/10)

Support Cast: Woman In Gold has supporting cast that all help or hinder along the way of the case.

Director Review: Simon Curtis Simon gives us a good film telling us an amazing true story. (9/10)

Drama: Woman In Gold shows just how far two people will go to for the truth. (9/10)

Settings: Woman In Gold uses the real settings to make everything feel real but also re-creates the locations in the flashback scenes that works great. (9/10)

Suggestion: Woman In Gold is one I think people should give a go, I do think everyone would enjoy this. (Watch)

Best Part: Chemistry between Mirren and Reynolds.

Worst Part: People might find the subject too serious.

Believability: Yes is based on the real story. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: A few details about the true story at the start.

Oscar Chances:

Box Office: $33 Million

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: The fight for justice never ends

Overall: Woman in Black is a very underrated film that is brilliant story.

Rating 85

Trailer Alert – Woman in Gold

Plot – Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Release Date: Non Set for UK

Stars:

  • Helen Mirren (The Queen)
  • Ryan Reynolds (Buried)
  • Katie Holmes (Batman Begins)
  • Daniel Bruhl (Rush)

Director: Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn)

Highlight of the Trailer: The relationship between Mirren and Reynolds

What Looks Good? The story sounds very interesting and it is always good to see a court case where the little guy looks they stand no chance.

What Looks Bad? It could come off slow.

Summary: When it comes to this subject we can usually get something seen or boring but I think this could come off very interesting.  It also make you want to see how everything falls out from the case. I think this could be a strong contender for good level of highly rated reviews too.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%

My Guess Rating – 90%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No