The Following Preview… #61: Logan


Source: 20th Century Fox

The first trailer for “Logan,” the final Wolverine film, shows a hero audiences aren’t accustomed to seeing: Hugh Jackman’s title character is old, ailing, and completely jaded.

The trailer, released on Thursday morning by 20th Century Fox, reveals that Wolverine is grappling with his identity in a world that’s changed drastically since his early mutant days. Bloodied in several scenes and revealing his scars in others (meaning his self-healing abilities are a thing of the past), Wolverine is clearly ready to hang up his claws. Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, who seems to be one of the only surviving X-Men, convinces him to do right and help a mysterious young mutant girl — described as being “very much” like Logan — in trouble.

The perfectly chosen song, Johnny Cash’s somber version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” does a lot of the talking, enhancing the film’s gritty-western look and feel.

The movie, directed by James Mangold, marks Jackman’s ninth and final performance as the mutant superhero, a character he’s been playing for 16 years.

Aside from Jackman and Stewart, the film also stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, and Elizabeth Rodriguez. The R-rated “Logan” hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

What makes this trailer so interesting and so out of the norm for a superhero film is that it doesn’t have that feel of a superhero film. This is, of course, the adaptation of Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan storyline from 2008 and features an older raggier looking Hugh Jackman that we haven’t seen translated to big screen before.

This is also the final time that Hugh Jackman is playing Wolverine and is also going to be the second R rated X-Men film behind Deadpool.

There’s definitely a lot in this trailer that’s to admire, the visual look of the movie is impressive, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart show off that great chemistry they have nicely, and I love how the whole trailer comes off as its’ own movie and doesn’t really feel like a typical X-Men movie but it plays well into James Mangold’s direction, the same kind that he brought into his 3:10 To Yuma remake from nearly a decade ago.

Not much more to say about this one, it looks impressive and something radically different out of the normal X-Men movie and just like how The Wolverine was a massive improvement over the shitfest that was X-Men Origins, maybe Logan will be the final piece of the puzzle where all three films in the Wolverine trilogy get better with each film. Overall, yes, I am extremely looking forward to this one.

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