The first #Logan trailer is finally here and it has been talked about all over the internet since its release. Not only were fans excited about what was seen in the trailer, but also the song that was played: "Hurt" by #JohnnyCash — originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails.
The use of the song in the Logan trailer appears to set the tone for the film, but most importantly, it represents Logan as a character — showing where he's at (emotionally and physically) throughout this film. There are many things we can glean from this particular song choice.
Why The Song Was Specifically Chosen
While "Hurt" may just appear to be an emotional song on the surface, it goes much further than that. As director Mangold told Empire:
Obviously I have a connection and a fondness for Johnny Cash, and his tone and his message and his music. But the real driver in all these decisions is trying to separate ourselves, in an accurate way, from the other superhero movies.
We think we’re going to deliver something a little different and we want to make sure we’re selling audiences on the difference. Sometimes even when a movie’s a little different, the studio’s trying to market the movie just like all the others. [Cash’s] music, in a way, separates us from the standard, bombastic, brooding orchestral, swish-bang, doors opening and slamming, explosions kind of methodology of some of these movies.
As I mentioned earlier, it was obvious that the song revealed the tone for the film and what vibe we can expect. Mangold's decision to choose the song shows that he wanted to do something different with this film as an exit for #HughJackman. Choosing a song as iconic and haunting as "Hurt" clearly establishes that this is not going to be a fun goodbye for our favorite mutant.
'Hurt' Represents Logan
Not only does this song resonate just fine with the film, it symbolizes who Logan is and not focused on the Wolverine. The song helps us as a fan and viewer realize where Logan came from — not being the unstoppable hero he once was. He's vulnerable, tormented, restless, and getting weak. These aren't the terms we would normally describe a younger Wolverine, but they represent where he is now, physically and emotionally.
Even most of the lyrics of "Hurt" parallels Logan's struggle:
'I Hurt Myself Today, To See If I Still Feel'
Logan is a man of rage and betrayal, yet a loyal man who shows honor. As long as Logan has been alive, everything that he's been through over the last hundred years is catching up with him. During the trailer, as Cash sings the first line of the song, the camera reveals Logan's scarred back — revealing that he's now vulnerable — yet he's still emotionally numb.
'I Focus On The Pain, The Only Thing That's Real'
The word that comes to mind when we think of the Wolverine: pain. Throughout the X-Men franchise, we see Logan go through heartache with not remembering his origin, how he got to where he is and how he became the monster he is. Pain is the only sure thing in Logan's life.
'Beneath The Stains Of Time, The Feelings Disappear'
Logan has been through numerous wars and battles; there's no wonder he feels and thinks the way he does. He's a ruthless beast that has become a monster in himself. He understands what he is and knows that trouble, pain, and suffering follow him regardless of his decisions.
Logan has been through the same thing over and over and shows no sign of slowing down. As long as he's been alive, he's had time to process what he's been through and it torments him to the point that he can't feel any positive emotion anymore.
'You Are Someone Else, I Am Still Right Here.'
People have come and gone in Logan's life enough to know he's different from the world. While people change in life, Logan stays the same. As I mentioned above, he knows who he is and accepts that. He welcomes it because he's fought it so long that it always wins. His anger and pain takes over and that's what makes him (and always will be) the #Wolverine.
'And You Could Have It All, My Empire Of Dirt. I Will Let You Down, I Will Make You Hurt.'
Over the years, Logan has pushed people away — not because he's a jerk, but because he's afraid he'll get too close to them and lose them (like everyone else he's lost). He feels regret by not keeping everybody safe. Of course, he's saved countless lives, but it's people like Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand and the possible death of Professor X in Logan that drive him insane with regret. It doesn't matter if you're an ally or a foe of Logan, you will end up miserable (most likely dead if you're an enemy).
'I Would Keep Myself, I Would Find A Way'
Every day, Logan wishes he could take it all back. All he wants is peace. The only thing that would bring him peace is death. In the comics, he even attempts suicide. Despite his superhuman healing factor, it doesn't heal his emotions. It's draining the very life source from him and he just wants to take away his depression and inner darkness.
Overall, the song "Hurt" is about consequence and regret and we see Logan perfectly embody these two ideas. It's a song that represents him as a character and basically explains who he is, paralleling his life thus far. Logan doesn't want to be the Wolverine (he never wanted to), but he knows it's his destiny.
I'm very excited for Logan and it seems that after watching this trailer, they're on the right track to a great film. It's unfortunate that this is Jackman's last film and title role as the Wolverine — it's been an amazing 16 years!
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How can you compare the song "Hurt" to Logan? Are there any other songs that compare to Logan? What do those lyrics mean to you? Let us know in the comments below!
Logan is set to arrive in theatres on March 3, 2017.