“Logan” Trailer Analysis and Speculation

Does it seem a bit late and irrelevant? Absolutely not. Even though it was released 3 weeks ago, the first official trailer for Logan is still getting people excited, and for good reason. After watching the 107 second-long trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Logan nearly a hundred times, I’m ready to give my opinion. It begins with Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine conversing about how the world is not the same as it was, and most of the mutants, including the Xmen, are gone now. This makes me question what exactly made that happen. Most likely, it could be a deadly pathogen that the Essex Corporation released. But it also appears that the film will at least be partially based on Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan. And in it, Wolverine is manipulated by a supervillain to kill the entire team, which causes him to goes into self-imposed exile. Exactly how close the movie will stay to the comics is still a mystery, but given the fact that it’s rated R, that would be a bold move on the part of the filmmakers. But you can tell that both Xavier and Wolverine are the people that they once were. They both look old, scarred, (both literally and mentally) and haunted by years of withering and loneliness. But there’s this little girl that they find and you hear Charles Xavier say, “She’s like you, Logan. Very much like you.” That more or less confirms that Dafne Keen is playing X-23. I had read somewhere that no matter who they would recast as younger Wolverine, the one character that can truly replace him would be his cloned daughter, X-23. Other than that, this trailer… it doesn’t make Logan feel or look like a comic book superhero movie. There are no CGI explosions, no bits of random humor, no over-the-top villains who look like a physical version of God. With its desolate setting and harsh, bleak tone, Logan seems to have the makings of a neo-western tragedy. All of this is amplified by the choice of the trailer song. Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, “Hurt,” perfectly establishes the mood of the film. The director James Mangold also helmed the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line, and spoke that the origins of this cover are similar to the story of Wolverine. It was so popular that many YouTubers began a succession of cutting together different blockbuster movies, including Mad Max: Fury Road and Lord of the Rings, in the same style as this trailer. Granted, you could take the worst movie ever made, cut it together with a good song, and it can still look good. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The international trailer is slightly more graphic in violence with one money shot. I’m just saying; one scene makes all the difference. And can we just address the fact that this feels like a movie adaptation for The Last of Us? Seriously, that last shot of Laura and Wolverine holding hands and standing over what appears to be a grave reminded so much of Joel and Ellie. In that, this could be the best movie version of The Last of Us that we’re probably ever going to get. In short, the first official trailer for Logan is one of the best movie trailers I have seen in a long time. If the movie delivers on the tone and quality that it shows us in the trailer, Hugh Jackman will get the sendoff he deserves, and I will cry when I leave the theatre because his time as the Wolverine will be over. Let me know what you think of the trailer in the comments, or what other crazy theories you may have about Logan. Be sure Like this post and if you want to see more, Follow my blog for more awesome content.

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