Logan - The Death Of A GenreFeb 23, 2022
If I were to pin down the singular reason why the movie Logan surprised me so much, it would have to be because it's so impressively small. There are many important lessons a writer can learn from this movie, but one of the biggest is that this scale doesn't matter. the idea the magnitude of the effect is irrelevant the only thing that matters is the delivery as proof when douglas adams wrote the battered truckers guide to the galaxy when the earth was destroyed and billions of lives were extinguished in an instant he delivered it in such a one the way we laughed and found that mass genocide moment really funny or castaway when tom hanks loses his volleyball was hands down the most heartbreaking scene in the movie and made a lot of grown men break down in tears this is something that not only Marvel and DC, but also Hollywood in general, have largely failed to learn that focusing the camera on one small detail is infinitely more powerful than focusing it on a thousand, this is part of the reason why Logan is such a soberingly beautiful film that there is no world ending threat, there is only Logan and his loved ones.
It's hard for me to think of a superhero movie that was as intimate as this. What also impressed me about this one. The film was how Mangold deftly breaks down the wall between the audience and the fiction. Many aspects of this film were brutally real, from the breathtaking acting to the fight scenes that left absolutely nothing to the imagination to the depiction of Charles' degrading state. This came as a shock to many moviegoers, as this is the first time we've seen such a skillfully executed approach to the horrifying reality of life in the superhero
genre, one way that mango brings the viewer closer and immerses us is how we implant a series of references to the original comic. book man go do something in Logan that really confused me at first but after thinking about it I realized how ingenious the idea was this may sound counterintuitive but t Mangold increases viewers immersion by breaking the fourth wall when Logan comments on the comics saying oh yeah Charles with ourselves a x-men fan you know they're cool maybe a quarter of what happened establishes the fact that the characters seen the comic books in this world exactly the same way we saw them in ours the gullible and the young believing every word they read fascinated by fiction the old and bitter criticizing and beating them as silly stories showing great disgust for them Realize that in real life It's not quite as black and white as that, but when Logan points to the comics and says it's all a bunch of lies, it parallels our view of them and, in a way, puts the story at ease.
The movie Logan on a different level than everyone else. the other superhero films a level of intimate reality and because of this, suddenly the reality of Logan's character is just a little bit more tangible, just a little bit easier to buy, I guess from a certain point of view. From the standpoint that you could argue that when Logan points to the comics and Barrett points to all the other superhero movies and says they're not true to the real world because in the real world people die and there's no self-promotion in a hint on I can stop this is ice for Bedouin why watch the superhero
genreI am often reminded of The Simpsons for the first dozen or so series the writing was of outstanding quality the show was chock full of funny moments and some scenes that they were genuinely moving, but now the show is about to enter its 30th season and the scripts are a shadow of their former self. of degraded narrative is at a point now, what if I'm scanning the TV and see an episode of The Simpsons that looks really well animated?
I keep scrolling but when I see an episode that looks like it was animated by a group of students in the '90s I almost always skim it I think that's something Mangold is trying to address in this movie that if superhero movies go on for this road with dozens more sequels and no end in sight, so what happened to the simpsons will happen to our heroes, they will go out not with a triumphant bang but with a little groan if the superhero genre were to come to a head in the next few years and the characters will be left completely alone from then on.
I will look back on these times with great nostalgia, however if the film never stops coming people will gradually lose interest and the story will end not because it has reached its natural end, but because it is no longer financially viable to create more sequels and the thing is, this wouldn't be the first time a genre has died, you just need to look at the western, a genre once watched by millions now degraded to the occasional reboot the dust of our att ic VHS collection and wistful nostalgia for memories from our elders that's not a bad thing everything that has a beginning has an end it's natural there's a certain beauty in ending and that's exactly what Mangold is trying to give us with
logansomething final and current tangible closure to a much loved character Personally, I think the most important part of a story is its ending, it's not just the payoff for our character arcs and their story, but because it's also the final flavor that is left in our mouths when we leave the theater if Marvel and DC don't finally deliver a final ending, then they are depriving the audience of not only one of the fundamental parts of a good story, but also the most beautiful and emotionally moving parts if in If a future Marvel Tony Stark movie were to sacrifice his life and die to save Steve Rogers, especially after the events of Civil War because Tony had forgiven him for his misdeeds, that would be a monumentally powerful moment to end Iron's character arc.
Man, but such an event will not happen because Ironman is a cash cow and simply too expensive to kill. I think right there, the lack of finality is the number one flaw with the superhero genre today at least with westerns we got our final resolution before the credits rolled and not after. Western style, but also inserted a direct reference to Western media in the form of Shane, a Western classic about the final chapters in the life of a highly talented gunslinger as he embarks on a final mission to protect the innocent citizen of a town. for a group. from bandits I wonder if Shane's character reminds you of anyone the movies are mirrors of each other now Tony makes his inclusion helps add the Bleak tone but also serves to say that the
deathof the superhero genre is coming g and if it does ok it will be a moment of true beauty i think its interesting too he maintained that villain x24 is a younger copy of wolverine where in the end he came to replace him but he committed suicide it was a clear message from mangled its been a good run , we've had our ups and downs, but despite all of that, it's time for superheroes to go the way of the west, don't crucify them by resurrecting them for another paycheck, don't let them follow the path of the Simpsons withering in time it's time to Let our immortal idols die and I saw yours, what did you see? you see your back there is blood everywhere you have your own heart in your hand
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