I love movies, I love De Palma & Kazan, I love Welles & Bergman, and I love these US Big Machines with Jedis and Superheroes too!
Yesterday I watched Logan, a Wolverine movie, and I was amazed by its… tone.
First, it’s been directed by James Mangold, who made the hilarious and perfect Knight & Day, the great Walk the Line, the stressful Identity, and more : this little jewel of Copland.
Good, very good director.
Logan is a surprise for Mainstream X-Men like movies lovers : it’s dark, complex, much more violent, risky, and full of great ideas.
It’s not as easy as “I broke the toys”, though Charles Xavier is old and Alzheimerized, though Logan is not “repairing himself” that much.
That movie sweats intelligence in every scene. The diner is perfectly played. The horses scene is delicate. The casting is marvelous (the albino, the little mutant girl).
It brings me to this pattern :
When you have big success with mainstream big things, like Star Wars, Avengers, how do you move forward?
One good thing is to pull out big show-offers and smart pants makers to entrust these big projects to… good directors, who made personal intelligent things before.
- Give Logan to the man who made Cop Land.
- Give Rogue One to Gareth Edwards who directed Monsters.
- Give The Last Jedi to the man who directed Looper.
But one can see something happening : Levers Choice.
Marvel tried these :
- Reboot the thing, like they did twice with Spiderman. And why not?
- Get bigger. From Iron Man to the last Avengers with dozens of heroes…
- Butter up idiots & geeks with vulgarity and puns : Dead Pool (it worked!).
- Drive to complexity, more adult themes & concerns : Logan.
Well : it’ll be interesting to follow…
Thanks for reading!