After a very successful run at the box office, director James Mangold has brought his ‘X-Men’ spinoff ‘Logan’ to Blu-ray and Ultra HD in two versions: the original color photography or a new black-and-white edition called ‘Logan Noir’. Which do you prefer?
This fad of re-grading color movies into black-and-white first started with Frank Darabont, who claimed that he always wanted to shoot his Stephen King adaptation ‘The Mist’ in atmospheric b&w but the studio forced him to use color for commercial reasons. That was followed recently by George Miller, who made similar statements about his so-called “Black & Chrome” version of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. I haven’t seen ‘The Mist’ in any form, but I have a hard time believing Miller when it comes to ‘Mad Max’. For me, its vibrant color was one of the most appealing aspects of ‘Fury Road’. Pulling all the colors out of that one feels like a gimmick.
I still haven’t seen ‘Logan’ yet. From what I know of the movie, I can see the appeal of giving it more of a film noir feel (hence the new title). However, I can also see it being another gimmick.
Which should I watch first? Which did you see first, and which do you like better?