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Arriving this weekend to a round of applause, cheers, and maybe a few tears is Logan, the third and final solo film starring Hugh Jackman as the title character. Logan has been cleaning up every which way, and Jackman, director James Mangold, and screenwriter Scott Frank have delivered quite possibly the best film in the X-Men franchise. With all the critical aplomb the movie is getting, why did its predecessor The Wolverine fail to make an impact with the exact same creative team? Frank wrote both Wolverine-centric movies, and he believes Logan is doing so much better because they didn't have to take time away from the character to set up some future film.
Sing it, brother.
Scott Frank sat down with THR's Heat Vision for a very spoiler-filled discussion on Logan. Frank also write the script for 2013's The Wolverine, which, before Logan, was considered the best Wolverine movie (not that it had much competition). The film saw a distraught and aimless Logan journeying to Japan and losing his healing factor while trying to protect a Japanese heiress. The film plays a bit like Logan-Lite until Act III, and the movie completely gives in to an out of place comic book action sequence, complete with a giant robot. Frank is totally on the money when he says it was those inclusions that held the movie down, which until that point was really quite good.
As most people may know by now, Logan didn't have to worry too much about serving a larger universe, and was simply able to tell a mostly stand alone story. The movie is all the better for it, and while Logan is still undoubtedly a comic book movie to me, it doesn't give into genre tropes as easily. And when it does, it happens on a much smaller scale that doesn't ruin the movie in the least. It's a great breath of fresh air for anyone who is feeling superhero fatigue, and it's definitely a smart play for studios to try and make more standalone movies like this.
Logan is out in theaters right now, so what are you waiting for? Head down to the movie theater and see it already!