After reading the (libertarian) Foundation for Economic Education op-ed “’Logan’ eviscerates War and Demographic Planning” by Dan Sanchez, I “gave in” and saw a late show of the Marvel film last night. Yes, even Anderson Cooper like the “X-men” franchise.
Sanchez summarizes the plot pretty well, and I’m not sure all of his parallels hold. But it’s true, that the “corporate state” (Transigen) had created the mutants as weapons and now regards them as threats the way the all-right views both Hispanic and Muslim migrants.
Hugh Jackman(now 48) looks grizzled, and maybe ready to return from exile or retirement. The plot of this 135-minute bash concerns Logan’s road trip to rescue his 12-year-old daughter Laura (Dafne Keen) with Wolverine-like powers.
Structurally, the film is a bit like my “Tribunal and Rapture” manuscript, a long road trip (finally leading to planetary evacuation on a spaceship) by a retired FBI agent, who finds he has some subtle powers of his own – I finally decided that this sort of story works better for me when told through the eyes of the younger heroes, whose “powers” aren’t usually obvious and whose appearance is wholesome (even if that idea betrays my own erotic prejudices).
The film journeys into Oklahoma, then sidetracks to Reno (I wanted to see Taylor Wilson make a cameo and pitch his plans to save the power grids), before getting to North Dakota, with some scenery that resembles the Teddy Roosevelt badlands – but actually a lot of the film is shot in New Mexico, with mountains in the background. The mixture of old and new technologies is interesting (like the winch and pulley in the North Dakota scene. The mutants, by blowing liquid nitrogen breath, can freeze opponents’ limbs and break then off. So heads, arms and legs roll in this film. (In Dallas, Joe Bob would have said “check it out.”)
To appreciate the film, you have to know some of the pre-history, of characters like Trask, with their pre-occupation with the alt-right notion of “demographic winter” and the idea that “majority” people don’t have enough kids now. (That’s why Vladimir Putin allows the persecution of gays.) I’m reminded of Representative Steve King’s (T-IA) doubled-down comments that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” (story).
Patrick Stewart seems to impersonate me (as he usually does) as Charles, and Boyd Holbrook is notable as Pierce.
I’m reminded of another escapist adventure, “Logan’s Run” (1976), set around the Zale Building on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, a building in which I worked in the 1980s, where you wonder how the twenty year-olds know think they can eliminate the thirties without facing the same fate themselves soon.
I guess that “Logan”, directed by James Mangold with story by him, was largely developed before Donald Trump won the election, but it seems well conceived as a response to the growing appearance of the alt-right during the 2016 campaigns. The distributor, Fox, is probably closer to Ayn Rand-style conservatism.
The show opens with a “short film” (“Deadpool: No Good Deed“) about a Logan-like man challenged by a nearby mugging and a telephone booth, in the City. I’m reminded of Joel Schulmacher’s “Phone Booth” (2002), and even of Timo Descamps and his “Phone Call” or even “Like It Rough” videos. the 20 Century Fix fanfare then follows, along with TSG and Marvel, before the “feature” starts. This sort of reminds me also of Dimension Films’s “Grindhouse” in 2007 (embedded double feature and connecting short). The two short stories in my “Do Ask Do Tell III” book (2014) could be presented this way in film.
|Director, writer:||James Mangold|
|Format:||2.35:1 and Imax|
|When and how viewed:||2017/3/14 Regal Ballston Quarter, late, low crowd after snowstorm|
|Length:||137 including short|
|Companies:||20th Century Fox, Marvel, TSG|
(Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11 AM)