Why Logan is the Biggest of a New Wave of Superhero Movies

I could have easily tried to write a review for Logan, but there’s nothing else to say that other people have not say yet: It is awesome. However, watching Logan, I couldn’t stop thinking that this was supposed to be a superhero movie, and yet, it is the way improved cousin of X-men Apocalypse.

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In the era of adaptations, comic-books have become one of the biggest resource for cinema studios to take ideas from. Starting from the early 2000s, Marvel heroes have been introduced to the bigger audience on the big screen, from the X-men to Spiderman, Iron-Man and The Hulk. Because of the economical success of franchises, in the last years we have been bombarded by tens of movies about characters taken straight out of comics’ pages.

Would we ever get bored of them? That is the questions that many critics have been asking lately, however, the studios have been asking themselves the same question. As a matter of fact, ever since the first Avengers movie two types of superhero movies have been released: the ones that followed the classical comic-booky style, such as Thor: The Dark World, X-men: First Class, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the ones that started to present something different. Who ever thought to watch a movie with a talking raccoon in it? Who ever thought that Captain America could have been cool?

In spite of the fact that,  Avengers: Age of Ultron (as much as its “brothers”) still delivers some fun, it is going to be nothing compared to Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War and especially Logan: they are more complex movies, about complex characters.

As a matter of fact, the Wolverine film deals with very serious themes, and in spite of the very sporadic laughs, it is completely different from any other superhero movie ever seen before. It is a full on emotional drama about relatable people: it should not surprise that it has been presented out of competition at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

The superhero genre is evolving, and the studios are understanding (some more than others…) that in order to keep on making money, they have to experiment with what they have. No wonder that Deadpool (a movie that has only been made because of leaked online footage) has made 783 million dollars, while X-men Apocalypse has “only” gotten 543 million $  (with a three times bigger budget).

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Fox and Marvel are, in different ways, rebooting, the Sony universe is dead, and the DC is trying a desperate attempt to get a piece of the cake. Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, in spite of their distinct style, have already failed, we are now waiting for The Batman, hoping that they would learn from Logan, Nolan and The Lego Batman Movie and make a movie about “real” characters.

 

LOGAN film review: 8/10

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