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I saw Logan.  I thought it was really good, if a little hard to watch in places.

You could really tell that since Deadpool did well despite an R rating the studios decided they could just do whatever they wanted, which... Well, I think it's a good thing in the sense that "PG-13 on a technicality" movies are sort of uncomfortable for me (as if the lack of blood splatters or whatever makes a high body count somehow more okay than otherwise), but on the other hand X-Men has always had a bit of a tone problem- with one movie in the series always radically different from another- and I don't think this is going to help.  Like are they just going to pretend they never made a movie like this the next time they want to do a more classic X-Men movie? Because you know they will eventually.  And when they have Magneto moving the latest famous landmark with dramatic hand gestures, it's going to be rather silly in comparison to this.

Anyway, it was really great to see an X-Men movie really work through the consequences and logical next steps to the kind of things that typically happen in these movies, and I'd recommend seeing it as long as you know it's going to be really different than usual.   I just kind of doubt that the people behind these films will really want to honor those decision going forward.

Date: 2017-03-11 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rogueslayer452.livejournal.com
I knew that the film was going to be emotional, but I just wasn't prepared for how much it was going to punch me in the gut with all of those feels. It hurt, but it was appropriately so and it made me really appreciate not just these characters but also the actors involved even more. I really enjoyed it, the tone and mood was perfect, and I liked the balance between the action/violence and the quieter, more somber moments with the characters.

I completely agree with you, the rest of the X-Men films that'll come after this will pale in comparison.

Although I do worry that studios will take the successes of Deadpool and Logan and try to mimic it into the next wave of grimdark superhero films and that's just, not what we need tbh. The reason why these films worked was how they went against the grain of the constant repetition that has become of the superhero movie genre. I want the industry to realize that just because we have a superhero genre now, they don't always have to follow the same formula. They can branch out and become a variety of subgenres when it fits the tone of the story that needs to be told.

Date: 2017-03-11 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] potentiality-26.livejournal.com
You're definitely right that what makes movies like Logan and Deadpool so interesting is that they're different for the norm.

When I say that I think other X-Men movies will look silly compared to Logan, I don't mean the dark/gritty tone half as much as the way they really zeroed in on what made the characters tick and what would really challenge them- something I've always thought X-Men tended to let go by the wayside in favor of cool special effects and complicated plotlines.

So yeah, I absolutely agree that they shouldn't try to make every movie Logan. There is always the chance that they will once again go "This means people want grimdark superhero movies" and never look deeper, and that would be a shame.


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