If that amazingly dreary, independent film-flavored first trailer wasn’t enough, yesterday saw the release of yet another strong trailer for Logan, the latest in the series of Wolverine-focused X-Men spinoffs. Logan also looks to be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the popular X-Men character, and as such, he’d really need to go out on a high note. So this couldn’t just be a standard superhero movie. After several films with Wolverine at the center, we needed something a lot more.
In a world where superhero films permeate the film industry on every level, that first trailer really set the film apart. Rather than have crazy, world-ending stakes, this film dared to be personal. Now that that element seemed to be driven home by the more action-oriented second trailer, only one question remains: can the film live up to the hype set by the trailers?
So how does it hold up? Last December, Gwynne Watkins, one of the writers at Yahoo! Movies had a chance to check out the first 40 minutes of the flick, and to quote her directly:
“I can tell you that superhero films are never going to be the same.”
Wow. Bold freakin’ words. With superhero movies hitting theaters every few months, it’s quite the statement to say one can change a very clear trend set by studios.
Admittedly, the rest of the piece doesn’t really delve into the real meat and potatoes as to why she believes the film to be truly groundbreaking, as the part of the film she saw was “violent and action-driven,” which seems to be pretty par for the course in superhero flicks (though she does describe the action as “Breaking Bad with claws").
She then goes on to essentially state that the movie may tell audiences and studios that superhero films have possibilities above telling family-friendly action stories.
Perhaps the more interesting part of the piece, however, lied in director James Mangold’s inspiration for the film — beyond the obvious Old Man Logan parallels.
“The first thing that occurred to me was doing Little Miss Sunshine with these characters. And that’s, believe it or not, what evolved into [Logan].”
Mangold then went on to discuss why the current trend in comic book films can’t continue on its trajectory (a trajectory Marvel Studios is certainly reaching for):
“It’s like, ‘Okay, you destroy a city; I’ll destroy the world.’ ‘Okay, you destroy the world; I’ll destroy the galaxy. And then I’ll go back in time and do it a second time!’ At some point, we’ve seen all this stuff. And the way you’re going to pull an audience in is still going to be the old-fashioned way: Characters that grip you from the heart, and that pull you into the drama and their predicament and their fears. And that other stuff is like chocolate sauce. It’s great, but you can’t eat that for two hours.”
More deeply personal stories seems to be the right direction, and as filmmakers are forced to make audiences connect on a more heartfelt level, we may also see another trend: budgets in these blockbusters going down, which is something I addressed in my editorial last October, when the first Logan trailer hit.
What do you think of these first impressions? While the writer didn’t go into detail about what they thought of the film, their claim that Logan could change the genre seems to imply that it was a solid first look. Let us know your thoughts down below!
Logan hits theaters on March 3, 2017.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies