The 20th Century FOX 2017 showcase surprised journalists including us at Heroic Hollywood with the entire first act of Logan, and it was incredible. I, like many other members of the press, only expected to see some extra bits of footage from the film. What we ended up receiving was not only a huge treat but taught us a lot more about what to expect in the upcoming film.
As we go on, I’ll explore the top 10 things I learned from seeing the first 40 minutes of Logan. Granted, the points aren’t really in any particular order, just the most important bits of information revealed in the first act. I haven’t seen the rest of the film, so I don’t know everything, but I will include a potential spoiler warning for this post.
10. A Western in the X-Verse
Many journalists have said this about the film, Logan looks like a western. James Mangold, the film’s director himself, said this was intentional; and he included a quote from the western Shane in the still book given to the press. But after seeing the first forty minutes of the film, you could truly feel the influence of Westerns. The location alongside the Mexican border, lone heroes, bounty hunters, and desert chase scenes alongside trains are all taken from the Western. These aspects breathe new life into the film, placing it higher than the usual superhero fare we’ve become accustomed to. And this is likely due to the next point.