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Logan [2017] (3 discs)

Director:James Mangold
Writer:James Mangold
Michael Green
Scott Frank
Composer:Marco Beltrami
Length:137 minutes
(2 hours 17 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
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IMDB Rating:8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Reaction: I could do without the brief nudity, and the swearing is definitely over-the-top and not necessary, but I can understand what they did with the violence. This movie truly illustrates what this character can do. A visceral depiction of his real potential as a very memorable, thrilling, and touching sendoff.

Personal Rating: 8/10

James Mangold => Director / Writer
Michael Green => Writer
Scott Frank => Writer
Marco Beltrami => Composer
Lauren Shuler Donner => Producer
Alison Fernandez => Delilah
Ashlyn Casalegno => Charlotte
Boyd Holbrook => Pierce
Bryant Tardy => Bobby
Dafne Keen => Laura
Doris Morgado => Maria
Elise Neal => Kathryn Munson
Elizabeth Rodriguez => Gabriela
Eriq La Salle => Will Munson
Hannah Westerfield => Rebecca
Hugh Jackman => Logan
James Handy => Old Doctor
Jason Genao => Rictor
Krzysztof Soszynski => Mohawk
Lennie Loftin => Jackson
Maureen Brennan => Motel Manager
Patrick Stewart => Charles
Quincy Fouse => Nate Munson
Reynaldo Gallegos => Rey (as Rey Gallegos)
Richard E. Grant => Dr. Rice
Stephen Dunlevy => Macon
Stephen Merchant => Caliban

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • After burying Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Logan's (Hugh Jackman) truck won't start and he beats it with a shovel, while screaming at it. This is very similar to a scene in [Fawlty Towers] where Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) beats his car with a sapling after it fails to start.
  • James Mangold stated that the film is set in 2029 to avoid any conflict with the time line established in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that his goal was to make a stand alone film, that was not bound to continuing previous storylines, or setting up sequels. It is unclear exactly which timeline this particular film is a part of. The after credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse and the inclusion of Caliban would suggest this film being part of the reestablished timeline set by X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, events from both X-Men and The Wolverine are brought up, events that would have never taken place--or, at least not in the way they originally did--as a result of the new timeline. Director James Mangold has admitted to ignoring the multiple timelines in order to tell the story he needed to tell.
  • Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto in the X-Men films, had expressed interest in appearing in this film.
  • This is the third collaboration between Hugh Jackman and James Mangold, having previously worked together on Kate & Leopold and The Wolverine.
  • In The Wolverine (also directed by James Mangold), Logan's travel companion Yukio predicted that Logan would die with his chest ripped open, and his heart in his hand. Although this ultimately didn't happen in The Wolverine, many fans point to the fact that she may have been predicting his death in Logan: Wolverine laying down with his chest ripped open, holding the hand of his daughter (his flesh and blood, and therefore his symbolic 'heart'). Mangold later confirmed the notion via Twitter, although he did not reveal whether he deliberately planned this or made it up.
  • Richard E. Grant is the fourth Game of Thrones actor to join the X-Men franchise. After Peter Dinklage (Boliver Trask), Ed Skrein (Ajax), and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey).
  • Throughout all his portrayals of Logan, Hugh Jackman stated he learned his American accent from copying Johnny Depp.
  • Sir Patrick Stewart claimed that much of the dialogue at the dinner table scene, in which Logan and Charles Xavier tell the family about the school for mutants, was improvised by the actors at the request of director James Mangold, after having filmed takes of scripted dialogue.
  • Hugh Jackman originally didn't want Logan's death in the movie. He envisioned an ending similar to the movie Unforgiven (1992), the story of an assassin who just can't leave behind his violent lifestyle; that film concluded with the assassin killing numerous more people but surviving himself, forcing him to live on with this dark side of him. Howeverm director James Mangold was always committed to kill off Wolverine at the end. He convinced Jackman that Wolverine, who is plagued with immortality and a violent past, had finally deserved his peace in death. Mangold wanted Logan dying next to X-24 - the younger version of himself - as it was something "interesting on numerous psychological levels".
  • Director James Mangold confirmed that he wanted to release the Blu-ray of movie in Black and White color format, just like director George Miller did something similar with his chrome version of Mad Max: Fury Road. He later reveal that the idea started after seeing Jackman's B&W location photographs during production stages.
  • Hugh Jackman induced dehydration for 48 hours prior to filming scenes of Wolverine shirtless, losing water weight. He added that the method is dangerous, and no one should attempt it at home.
  • Dafne Keen (Laura) was 11 years old at the time of filming, and so was not allowed inside the Casino, even with all the correct shooting permits. So some shots were done with Keen on a green screen, and some scenes were shot in the actual casino with Keen's body double [?] Cheramie Martin, who is over 18, but of a similar build to Keen.
  • Sabretooth was originally going to have a small role, where he helps Wolverine, X-23, and Professor X when they arrive in Oklahoma. There was also going to be a scene where Logan encounters a kind of "Underground Railroad" for mutants, which might have had a cameo from a well known character. Both scenes were removed, because the team behind the film didn't want to have an abundance of cameos, or mutants in the film.
  • The name Logan used as a driver, "James Howlett", is his birth name in the comics. It was also referenced in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, when Sabertooth kept calling him Jimmy.
  • It was believed that after the success of Deadpool, 20th Century Fox decided to aim for an R-rating for this film, unlike the other Wolverine movies. However, it was confirmed in an interview with X-Men Producer Simon Kinberg that this was not the case, and the R-rating was always going to happen. According to James Mangold allowing the film to be R-rated was important, not so much for violent content, but for style: "For me, what was most interesting in getting the studio to okay an R-rating was something entirely different. They suddenly let go of the expectation that this film is going to play for children, and when they let go of that, you are free in a myriad of ways. The scenes can be longer. Ideas being explored in dialogue or otherwise can be more sophisticated. Storytelling pace can be more poetic, and less built like attention-span-deficit theater." James Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut, to help convince the studio to greenlight an R-rated movie.
  • Hugh Jackman stated in an interview that the only way he would reprise his role is if a crossover between Deadpool and Wolverine would happen. On top of that, Sir Patrick Stewart recently stated on The Graham Norton Show (2017) that this would be his last appearance as Professor X.
  • In the scenes where Charles Xavier suffers from his seizures, Hugh Jackman did not act as if he was being pushed away. Instead, he was held back by a rope pulled by two men in order to give a more realistic portrayal of being restrained. Professor Xavier's Psionic blast initially was conceived as a huge pulse of energy, much more akin to the kind of superhero powers seen in other films. But director James Mangold was against that treatment, he wanted to keep everything much more naturalistic. So Vfx supervisor [?] Chas Jarrett evolved the idea from the initial pulse wave idea, into a mind control field that caused people to become immobile. Unable to move and breathe or function properly, the psionic blast would eventually kill those around him. The effect was done by shooting shaky footage and then re-stabilizing the frame in post. Resulting a footage containing strange motion blur with smearing effect, that is both organic and very unusual. The team shot the sequences slightly wider than was needed so that shots could be blown up to hide the edges of the stabilizing effect.
  • Hugh Jackman stated that while he doesn't doubt that the character of Logan will be eventually rebooted with a new actor, he has hopes for X-23 becoming the new "Wolverine" of the franchise.
  • This is the last film in which Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine. He has cited his age and his skin cancer as factors in him retiring from the role. He also said that having a discussion with Jerry Seinfeld played a part in retiring the character, as Jerry talked generally about how he wanted to make sure he never got to a point with his television show where audiences were weary of seeing it anymore, saying, "oh, it's you again." Jackman felt fortunate to have avoided this for Wolverine and wanted to ensure it never happened.
  • When Laura and Charles are watching Shane, Charles mentions remembering seeing the film as a child in his hometown. This was entirely improvised by Sir Patrick Stewart, because Shane was one of the first memories he had at the theater as a child.
  • The Samurai sword presented to Logan in The Wolverine can be seen in the smelting mill where Logan and Charles are hiding.
  • Sir Patrick Stewart lost 21 pounds to play Charles Xavier as elderly and sick. Stewart claimed that he had a steady weight since he was a teenager and had never deliberately lost weight before. Hugh Jackman genuinely held Stewart in all the scenes of Wolverine carrying professor Xavier.
  • According to one of the files attained from the lab, one of the children was the specimen derived from "Christopher Bradley", a former cohort of Logan's from X-Men Origins: Wolverine under the alias "Bolt", which explains the child's ability to summon and manipulate electricity.