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Are You Screening? Podcast #207 – Logan Review

Logan took us a bit by surprise, and even though we were pretty hopeful that we’d get something worth the effort, it wasn’t what we thought we were going to get when we walked in. That’s despite the fact that we had a lot to go on, so we couldn’t help wondering what your average audience member thought about what showed up in front of them.

Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart were wonderful throughout, and you have to imagine that they had a great time moving these characters into a wildly different space.

With the news that the Blu-Ray release is going to include a Logan Noir option, fans have even more reason to be excited, and that’s above and beyond the more typical bonuses that come with the release.

We had some problems with the film, though a few may have been rather nitpicky, and we didn’t exactly agree on everything, but overall the film made us hopeful for the future of comic book adaptations. That’s especially the case if you consider that this one broadens the potential and opens the door for audiences to expect some diversity.

Tune in below and we’ll let you know what we thought of Jackman’s last effort (supposedly) with the character, and whether or not you need to catch this one.

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Photo Credit: James Mangold – © 2017 Marvel. TM and © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

 


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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.
  • Esther O’Reilly

    This was one of my favorite discussions of this film. You zeroed in on exactly some of the same things that have been bugging me and brought out new points I hadn’t considered. I think I’m more sold on his death than you, because I do believe it’s the only way to properly close the book on the Wolverine mythos. The idea of mortality as a gift–particular a nobly earned mortality–for somebody immortal has enough symbolic weight that it works for me. And in hindsight we can see that it was actually foreshadowed pretty well in The Wolverine. But I also agree that an ending where he lived could also have packed quite an emotional wallop. The scene you sketched was a beautiful “what if.” Killing him was, in a sense, the easy way out.

    Another thing that seemed like a shame in his final scene was that X-23 had to deal the final stroke. Yes, there is a cool, almost biblical symbolism inherent in the image of a little girl slaying a monster, but to see Logan so savagely and utterly beaten down in his very last moments made it an even more dispiriting death than it had to be.

    I also completely agree that Xavier’s death felt rushed past, but there was one particularly heart-stopping moment at the grave that I didn’t catch on a first watch. I talked to a couple friends and found they hadn’t initially caught it either. It’s the moment where he looks out over the river, and he says, “Well, it’s got water. It’s got water.” And while you never see him openly weep, as you say, that moment is the closest he comes. There’s such a raw ache in his voice as he says that, and you know he’s thinking about the Sunseeker. For my money, that grave scene is Jackman’s best bit of acting as The Wolverine.

    For the record, I’d never been an X-Men fan, I’d never seen a single film in the series and had little knowledge of the characters going in, but I really embraced this movie. The Johnny Cash marketing move was a stroke of genius. It brought in people like me who are, at the end of the day, not the world’s biggest comic book fans, even though we’ll go to a Marvel tentpole movie for fun on occasion. Ideally, I want an uncluttered story I can sink my teeth into and characters that are going to resonate with me on a deep emotional level. This movie gave that to me. My own review is here:

    http://morethanonelesson.com/a-brand-that-sticks-by-esther-oreilly/

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