- James Mangold
- Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner
- Hugh Jackman , Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle
Logan is unique among superhero movies, in that it’s not a superhero movie per se, but rather a drama involving them. To me, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Logan is a tale of a man looking for a way out of a life badly lived, and knowing the only path of redemption is through facing his demons for better or worse. This is a great movie, and one anyone with a taste for drama and action will love. I’ll spare you the details, though, since we already have a brilliant review on site, which you can read here.
James Mangold’s commentary: I always find it interesting to listen to a director talking about his movie. As an audience to their work, we have our own perspective of what went into making the film. When listening to how Mangold wanted to build a simpler movie without the destroyed environments we’re used to seeing and how he wanted his actors to be more immersed in their roles by limiting simple things like audio volume, I was struck by the attention to detail I missed on my first viewing of the film. I loved how this was a stripped down story with a clear center, and how James Mangold realised his vision. How about the extras, though, do they stack up?
Deleted scenes: Many of the scenes not included in Logan weren’t necessary, but were included in the DVD. One scene where Logan spoke about his past with Bobby, one of the teenage mutants was particularly poignant. It was an earnest scene, where Wolverine’s darkness was something he accepted but wanted behind him. Many of these were spoilers, such as the death of a certain friend, or one where Pierce revealed a key location – which didn’t need explanation at all. I loved seeing what scenes could’ve been in Logan – even if it wasn’t all needed. The DVD itself displayed fine, with occasional shifting of aspect ratio during certain scenes. While noticeable, it certainly wasn’t much of an annoyance.
James Mangold already earned so much respect from me prior to getting this DVD, now he has even more after hearing his commentary. I would look at getting the Bluray version of the film, just to appreciate the excellent cinematography, storytelling and acting. As a DVD, it’s still worth owning watching every now and again as a stark reminder of what a well made superhero movie looks like. I still can’t believe Hugh Jackman won’t be Wolverine on screen again. What a sendoff.
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