One of the greatest superhero films becomes greater. The black-and-white palette, and the light tweaks, but most especially the new. well-chosen and effectively deployed country and folk soundtrack emphasised the noir feel, existential questions and the story of larger story of loss, sacrifice and redemption to powerful effect. Wonderful.
Finally got round to watching this Last night. Very nice. Got a soft spot for Cash, but also the other inclusions tended to fit very well and were very contextually used - Night of the Hunter is prominent here too, although including it's narration is still 50/50 for me.
I used to generally like the superhero genre to whatever degree, but I'm sick to bloody death of them now. Couldn't care less. But Logan stands out among them as a very independent piece of self aware film making. Just quality contexts and well considered, emotionally & intellectually valid dialogue ect. - In this edit the best stuff is honored and some exposition is minimized. The shots that were cut, helped to tighten things up and I did not miss them. The musical inclusions actually heightened it's already visceral qualities, as the songs chosen are very apt - sure there are a couple of musical cues that came in a little early, a little quiet, or hung on a tad too long maybe, but that's the fan editor in me - It's hard to just sit and be a punter sometimes. The timing of the new material is generally very good and is always well considered. Overall this edit felt seamless and the B&W grading was usually quite punchy which I like. I would recommend for sure.
The B+W cinematography (from Logan Noir) plus the country/folk rescoring has transformed this fanedit of Logan into a completely new experience. Despite a couple of music cues that seem (to me) a bit 'off' (mostly a couple of cues that start a bit too early or require a bit more work on the transitions), on the whole, there are some instances where the music elevates the content to achieve a transcendent quality that completely 'nails' dannydangle's vision of a 'gothic logan tale'. All his omissions are welcome as well, as some of the expository material was too 'on the nose,' while other judicious cuts improved the sense of restraint and minimalism.
An atmospheric, ethereal experience. Highly recommended.
For me, Logan is one of the best "superhero" movies ever made, but it had a few flaws, especially in the last act of the movie which felt made to please the action-seeking viewers and contrasted greatly with the generally more paused tone of the movie. In this regard, the official noir version of the movie improved the tone and made the movie even grittier, providing a better experience (even when leaving the whole movie uncut).
Dannydangle's Logan Gothic continues to perfect the movie by improving the general atmosphere with a complete reworked soundtrack that perfectly fits the atmosphere of the movie, giving it more depth and making it more enjoyable. Furthermore, the trimmed parts are really well chosen, to the point that this time, together with the music, I didn't notice the off-putting last act (even if only 4 minutes were cut).
Audio/Video Quality - 10
I am no expert in this matter, but the quality was really good. Nothing to complain.
Visual Editing - 10
Kept to a minimum, but perfectly chosen and totally unnoticeable. It definitely improves the movie.
Audio Editing - 9
Overall the music is really well chosen, but sometimes there were pieces of music that felt a bit off in my opinion. This happens very few times and for most of the time the selection of new tracks is perfect.
Narrative - 10
The few cuts and the new score contribute to create the perfect atmosphere to the movie and giving some scenes more "feeling" that without any doubt contributes to the narrative.
Enjoyment - 10
I really enjoy re-watching the movie and the clever choice of music tracks. I definitely recommend it.
I'm finally able to have a look at a Logan fan edit :)
I am already a fan of Logan and The Wolverine. But Logan has a more personal, intimate feeling. The movie does not have 2 much in the face CGI and it feels like a grim cross between a gothic western and a dystopian “Mad Max”-esque road movie.
Each billow of dust emboldened by Logan Noir amplifies the suffocating environment and the desert looks white and as it is void of color and life. Not mention the sporadic darkly contrasted plants scattered sparingly across the landscape.
What does Logan Gothic bring then? Well, it amplifies the absence of life and gives the movie a very personal and desperate feeling. The music has been re-scored to the very best. I am not an American folklore expert or do I live in the US. But changing the whole soundtrack with folk and Johnny Cash brings the movie closer to the original trailer and Johnny Cash Hurt song. What I also like is the removal of certain narrative elements, bringing it to better pacing and understanding.
Amazing work dannydangle and well deserved March favorite edit of the month win. Looking forward to your next project.