Anticipation for “Logan”, currently slated to be Hugh Jackman’s last stab at playing the character that helped make his name, is high and growing. And the recent release of the film’s first official trailer appears to have only whetted the appetites of fans, many of whom have responded by making a profusion of their own trailers in response.
Now, YouTuber afauclair has cherry-picked choice moments of Jackman’s various performances as Wolverine, stretching all they way back to his first appearance as the feisty clawed Canadian in 2000’s “X-Men,” to assemble their own remix dubbed the “Logan Trailer — X-Men Saga Recut.”
This recut remains pretty faithful to the content and tone of the official trailer, but the flashes from previous movies serve as more than mere best-of highlights — they ground the character in his own cinematic history.
The first things viewers will notice is how young Jackman now looks in his initial few “X-Men” outings. This offers a stark comparison to the world-weary old man we see the actor portraying in “Logan.”
The most conspicuous absence from the afauclair’s recut is Jackman’s brief cameo from “X-Men: The First Class,” the sort-of reboot that gave the “X-Men” films the kind of convoluted continuity that has plagued the lives of fans of the “X-Men” comics for decades.
But really, as fun as it was in context, that scene would have detracted from the overall effect of the video, which is to pay eloquent tribute to a character, and an actor, we have watched grow and mature through soon-to-be nine movies over more than 16 years. That’s two more movies than Sean Connery made as James Bond, although admittedly “First Class” and “Apocalypse” gave Jackman minimal screen time.
Still, it is quite a career retrospective for Jackman and the cantankerous ‘ol Canucklehead.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3, 2017.
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