If that amazingly dreary, independent film-flavored first trailer wasnâ€™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 Jackmanâ€™s last outing as the popular X-Men character, and as such, heâ€™d really need to go out on a high note. So this couldnâ€™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:
â€œI can tell you that superhero films are never going to be the same.â€
Wow. Bold freakinâ€™ words. With superhero movies hitting theaters every few months, itâ€™s quite the statement to say one can change a very clear trend set by studios.
Admittedly, the rest of the piece doesnâ€™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 â€œviolent and action-driven,â€ which seems to be pretty par for the course in superhero flicks (though she does describe the action as â€œBreaking 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 Mangoldâ€™s inspiration for the film â€” beyond the obvious Old Man Logan parallels.
â€œThe first thing that occurred to me was doing Little Miss Sunshine with these characters. And thatâ€™s, believe it or not, what evolved into [Logan].â€
Mangold then went on to discuss why the current trend in comic book films canâ€™t continue on its trajectory (a trajectory Marvel Studios is certainly reaching for):
â€œItâ€™s like, â€˜Okay, you destroy a city; Iâ€™ll destroy the world.â€™ â€˜Okay, you destroy the world; Iâ€™ll destroy the galaxy. And then Iâ€™ll go back in time and do it a second time!â€™ At some point, weâ€™ve seen all this stuff. And the way youâ€™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. Itâ€™s great, but you canâ€™t eat that for two hours.â€
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 didnâ€™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