As the first R-rated superhero movie after the raucous silliness of Deadpool, Logan definitely earned its rating. Not through violence and curse words as many people expected, but through its raw, honest darkness, exposing the hideousness of humanity and the tragedy that the world inflicts upon people. For seasoned fans of the X-Men franchise and people coming to it the first time alike, Logan was a perfect example of how mature superhero movies really can be. All across the world, grown adults were moved to tears by this film – for Logan and Laura, for Professor X, for the family who just wanted to give some kind strangers a nice meal, for the underprivileged women forced to carry children they would never have a chance to love.
There were a lot of tear-jerking moments in this movie that no one should be ashamed to have succumbed to. It’s become even more poignant still with director James Mangold‘s new black and white edition Logan Noir, which was screened for the first time on May 17th.
At a Q&A session after the screening, Hugh Jackman revealed the part of the film that shook him most. He commented that the moment had struck him when he first read the script, but that when Laura turned the wooden cross above Logan’s grave to the shape of an X, both he and his co-star Patrick Stewart were moved to tears.
“When I read it, I thought, ‘That’s beautiful.’ It seemed very poetic on the page. And when I saw it, I cried. I sat next to Patrick Stewart. We saw it for the first time, and both of us wept.”
It is truly a beautiful moment in the film, marking a point in the stories of every member of the X-Men that will change their entire future. Not to mention, that is it one of the very few superhero movies that doesn’t immediately invite a sequel – or a string of them.
James Mangold explained why he chose to give this film such a definitively finished ending:
“It was about, I think, earning the right ending. But I think we wanted it to feel over. Meaning, we wanted a sense of a curtain coming down at the end. I certainly didn’t want people speculating that we had left a hole open for more moneymaking and bilking and doing. I wanted it to be like, the curtain has come down, we told the story. Just like a regular movie, we’re not leaving something out there. The story is over.”