2017: #8 Logan

Directed by
: James Mangold
Written by: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green
Based On: Characters from the X-Men Comics and Theatrical Films
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, and Dafne Keen
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Format: Digital
Date released: 3/3/2017
Date seen: 3/4/2017
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $616 million
# of Oscar nominations: 1 (Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 7 (Best Fight, Best Chase, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Trailer, and Best Action Film)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Best Trailer)

We constantly tell people working out of Hollywood to try different things when they make big budget superhero movies and the people behind Logan certainly gave us that, at least within the confines of its ostensible genre. Presenting something of a possibly non-canonical final adventure for the Wolverine character from the X-Men movies, the film looks at a fatigued and finally aging Logan as he goes on a mission that could finally give him some degree of peace but which will make him go through hell to get it. Director James Mangold, who had just come off making the rather lackluster The Wolverine managed to convince 20th Century Fox to take things a lot more seriously for what is reported to be Hugh Jackman’s final performance in the role that made him famous. The film is notably more violent and profane than other X-Men films but the bigger thing that sets the film apart is that it takes a much different approach and almost feels more like a western than a true superhero movie and could fit well alongside movies about aging gunfighters like Unforgiven, The Searchers, and of course Shane, which the movie references by name. I do worry that in some ways the film has become something of a beneficiary of lowered expectations because of its status as a studio superhero movie, but at the same time it’s hard not be overjoyed when you see filmmakers finally deliver what you’ve been asking for from these kinds of movies.

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