'Logan' by Alumni Named Among Top Films of 2017
January 3, 2018
The hit film, Logan, a spinoff of the X-men franchise directed by James Mangold ’99 and produced by Simon Kinberg '03, was named as one of the “Top Films" of 2017 by the National Board of Review. The film premiered last March and was a huge sucess.
Each year the National Board of Review, established in 1909, screens over 250 films including: studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary. NBR consists of the most diverse pool of voters in the lead up to awards season, including film fanatics, academics as well as professionals from the industry. This allows the NBR to have a broader perspective and taste than other industry award organizations. Other notable films on this year’s list include: Lady Bird, Get Out, and Call Me By Your Name.
Logan, which stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, was a dramatic change of tone from the previous films in the franchise. Feeling that the genre’s “tent pole seems to be about the end of the world,” Mangold claimed “the formula was tired.” Instead, he wanted to create a film focused on character and relationships rather than the special effects spectacle. Mangold’s passion for stories about people has earned Logan rave reviews and Oscar buzz.