SPOILER Warning For Logan
Logan hit theaters this weekend and is now the biggest movie in the world at the box office. Critics and fans alike are responding to the film's gritty vision and emotional plot. The emotional crescendo of Logan came at the end of the film, when Logan, having been mortally wounded by X-24, lies dying with Laura at his side. Logan tells Laura not to be what they, the scientists at Alkali Transigen, made her and then dies as Laura screams "Daddy" in grief.
Cinematographer John Mathieson says that scene was filmed differently than the rest of the movie. Where director James Mangold prefers filming with one camera at a time, Mathieson believed it was important to capture both Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen's performances simultaneously.
"It's very important to get into the eyes of both of them," Mathieson told The Hollywood Reporter. "The tears are going to come. You don't just shoot Hugh and go, 'That was very nice. Now let's shoot Dafne.' Because they are giving it their all. They will be drained. Jim is a very much a one-camera man, but I didn't even look back at him. I'm sure he got cross at me, but I think he'd agree that whatever is going to happen is going to happen. You better make sure you get it on two cameras. If you have a great performance on one side and they are doing marvelous things and you don't have the other side at the same time — a hand goes here or someone brushes hair out of someone's face — then it's very difficult to re-create that. Then you have the script supervisor coming in, 'Oh you had this in your left hand and your tear came here.' You just can't do that to people."
Mathieson also praised Jackman and Keen for the hard work they put into the scene.
"Hugh's got the patience of a saint," Mathieson said. "He's great and he'd never complain about anything. He'd do it again, and again and again. But it was still hard for him and it was hard for her. They had to dance together on this one. You're treading carefully around them and kind of impressing the crew with, 'Are you ready for this? Because it's going to happen once — and you've got to have your focus.' It's a real moment, it's a real piece of emotion. It's a real performance and it really happened at that time — and you can't drain people too much to do that again and again. They were great. You knew when you got it. And you knew you could feel it easing off as well. 'Let's go again. Let's go again.' It was diminishing returns. 'You know what? Two takes before was the one.'"
Logan is the biggest box-office opening of the year so far, and currently has an 88.55 ComicBook Composite score, the second-highest ComicBook Composite score of any comic book movie, and a 4.74 out of 5 user rating, making it the top rated of all comic book movies among ComicBook.com readers. Let us know what you thought of Logan by rating it below.
In Logan, in the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Frank and Michael Green, from a story by Mangold, and also stars Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen.
Logan is now playing in theaters.
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