Why 20th Century Fox Was So Concerned About 'Logan'
18 February, 2017, 06:03
Forbes' Scott Mendelson questions if Logan would be as well-reguarded if it were not for the lowered expectations viewers have for superhero movies, writing: "I would be willing to bet that the same film delivered sans known characters and specifically sans four-color source material would be accepted as a rock-solid genre piece as opposed to the pinnacle of its respective genre". Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) are off the grid, clearly following some major ordeals that have left them believing there have been no new mutants born in a long time. However, it appears that not everyone was totally on-board with the idea of the film veering away from typical comic book movie fare and heading in the dark, gritty, and violent direction that it ultimately took.
I think fans of the comic will truly enjoy Logan, and even those who don't-who maybe only have a cursory knowledge of the characters via media osmosis-will find a solid, gutsy action movie with more emotion than you'd get in a lot of blockbusters.
"We were talking when we got down to set - a year before any of those debates happened - the whole wall and the scenes at the border were in our script and it was kind of unbelievable", he said.
Patrick Stewart has played "Prof". Director James Mangold has put together something really genuine and special. We'll get to see if Logan can live up to the hype that has been swirling since it was confirmed that it would be R-rated when it's released on March 3, 2017. Let's just say the aggression shown in the official Logan trailer is not unwarranted given how she was raised. She managed to free most of the children, but they were split up en route to their new home.
"Logan" star Hugh Jackman has just gone through his fifth treatment for skin cancer on his nose.
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And, if this really is Hugh Jackman's last ride as the Wolverine, this is as honorable a finale as one could hope for. Xavier is kept medicated to keep him from having seizures, with his once impressive intellect savaged by age and his powers out of control. In fact, I've pretty much told you everything I'm going to about the plot. We can rest assured that more incarnations of this character will be with us shortly, but Logan provides a fitting end to this particular strand of mega-bucks filmmaking. Unlike Deadpool, though, Logan doesn't pull out these tricks for laughs or shock. If you've ever wondered what Wolverine's claws would look like piercing literally any part of the body, look no further.
For the first time, the proper tone and dizzying display of savagery that Wolverine has needed has been realized. And, man, is it some glorious stuff. It's a terrific scene that perfectly encapsulates Logan's relationship to the other X-Men, as well as Jackman's increasingly gruff take on the character. Dafne Keen gets the "introducing" credit in the intro but you'd never guess by her performance and screen presence. I was someone who was nearly ready to give up on this franchise after a fairly mediocre recent crop of films, but I forgot something. Seriously, though, this kid kicks ass.
Jackman is now struggling with skin cancer and is undergoing treatment for it. The fact that a group of young mutants who are introduced later in the film seems to be comprised nearly entirely of young women and people of color speaks to the themes of inclusion that are present at various points throughout. Onscreen, the X-Men series has always found ways to morph and expand, from time-traveling fantasy to social allegory to political thriller.
While Hugh Jackman had long teased that his tenure as Wolverine would soon come to an end, it was actually the financial success of Deadpool at the box office that paved the way for 20th Century Fox to greenlit a version of the film that would bring his reign to a conclusion in a distinctive and original fashion.
Logan is released in United Kingdom cinemas on Wednesday 1st March. This is how it's done.
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