With a little over a month to go until Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine, I thought it was a perfect time to look at some of the reasons that could make this movie one of the best superhero movies ever, and a possible Oscar contender, if Ryan Reynolds is to be believed.  


1) R-Rating

Much as been made of the possible R-rating of Jackman's final outing as Wolverine, even before Fox's own R-rated Deadpool became a box smash, but in the aftermath of the success of Deadpool Jackman's final appearance as Wolverine has indeed gone down the r-rated route.  This inevitably means more blood, more swearing, and a much darker tone for the Wolverine character then perhaps audiences have come to expect.  It always seemed the case in the past that X-Men movies struggled to handle the full rage of the character, in combination with his particular mutant ability of metallic claws, an issue that this movie won't have to tip toe around in the same way that previous X-Men movies did.


2) Creative Control

With the decision to make the movie a much gritter r-rated outing for the character, an inevitable decision to cut the films budget was made.  This means two things for the film: 1) We can expect a lot less special effects then we're used to in this kind of movie - so no giant beam in the sky I'm afraid, & 2) Less studio interference in the movie, a fact proved by the success of Deadpool.  The decision to cut the budget of the movie, along with Jackman accepting a pay cut, may prove to be a blessing in disguise, as the creative team have hopefully been given freer rein to express and explore the characters and the story, then might have been possible in a typical X-Men franchise film.


3) Story First and Foremost

Based on the footage we've seen so far, including trailers & promotional images, it seems clear that Logan will prioritise story, characters, and character development over spectacle.  The movie appears much smaller in scale, in that it lacks the kind of grandiose of a movie like X-Men: Apocalypse, and I mean that in a positive way.  The decision to focus on the character of Wolverine will inevitably make the movie more personal; a fitting conclusion to Jackman's legacy in the role.


4) The Return of Patrick Stewart/Charles Xavier

One of the most interesting aspects of Bryan Singer's original two X-Men movies was the relationship between Wolverine & Charles Xavier, a relationship that didn't even factor into X-Men: Days of Future Past, despite a promising set-up at the end of The Wolverine.  Logan however, seems to be putting their relationship front and centre once again.  Much has been made of Jackman's final appearance as Wolverine in this movie, rightly so, but a distinctive lack of attention has been paid to, presumably, Patrick Stewart's final appearance as Professor Xavier, a role he too made his own all those years ago in the original X-Men movie.  While this hasn't been confirmed by anyone, I can't see Xavier making it to the final credits.


5) Hugh Jackman

Is there anything else that needs to be said?

After 17 years portraying the character, Jackman will finally get to hang up the claws once and for all, and nobody can say that this man hasn't earned his retirement.  Jackman's performance as Wolverine over the years has been incredible, to the point that, in the same way one cannot imagine anyone else playing Tony Stark than Robert Downy Jnr, so too has Jackman made the role of Wolverine his own that Fox would have been crazy to recast him, leading to the clever decision to introduce X-23.  Jackman has done everything to make this last outing something special, taking a pay cut in the process in order to keep the film viable with its R-rating.  I hope that when this movie is released on March 3rd it's something that Jackman can be proud of, nothing would be worse then for Jackman's last movie in the role to be a dud, like X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  

One Last Time, and here's hoping it's something special!



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