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Is the New ‘Logan’ Film a Western?
March 3, 2017 By Jon Somers
Logan, the last big adventure for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, is thought to have embraced an entirely different aesthetic and emulating something that no superhero film has attempted on this scale before, a Western. Writer and director James Mangold explains how his movie has more in common with the classic westerns of the 50’s and 60’s than it does with things like The Avengers.
“When Chris Nolan made the Batman movies, they were noir films. We’re making kind of a Western… For me, the key is not to think about making a comic-book movie but to think about making a movie and just let the fact that your characters are superheroes be a reality. The studio recognised a kind of exhaustion setting in with the formulaic format for quote-unquote superhero movies. While people are coming to see them, there is a sense that people are getting tired. We were very encouraged to try something different.”
There has been a growing number of people who have become desensitised to the superhero film that gripped the world 10 – 15 years so could the western take its place. Quentin Tarantino has long said that the western is back and has committed to making them in the future. Maybe this is a clever mixing of the two by Mangold, something we could see in the future.
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