Kojima’s Corner

Seriously, this should be a segment we do every now and then. He’s just a nice guy with some really cool thoughts and opinions on stuff. Just saying.

It’s no secret that Hideo Kojima has a love for movies. It’s shown in his works and his inspirations. Recently, like many of us, he loved Logan, Hugh Jackman’s last foray as Fox’s most famous mutant, and gave some thoughts as to how his own work is similar to it.

He shared his thoughts in an essay for Glixel, which you can read in its entirety here.

“What’s unique about Logan is that, while it’s a significant piece of a larger universe, it also succeeds in breaking away to become an independent story in its own right, finishing a story that would otherwise seem unfinishable. If this isn’t special, I don’t know what is. It’s precisely because of this that Logan is a movie to remember.”

But he then went on to compare that to MGS4, which was released in 2008.

“Back in 2008, I did something similar when I put an old Solid Snake into Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots…What place is there in the world for those whose very being has been wrested from them? All that remains is the end of their story – a story of their departure. I attempted to pull the same trick you see in Logan – of simultaneously writing an “end” for MGS4 while trying not to actually end the whole saga.”

The “Wolverine” name for Logan serves the same purpose. Wolverine is a codename, but as fans of the series know, Logan isn’t his real name, either – he was actually born James Howlett… It’s his name when he is living an ordinary life. My take is that this film is called “Logan” rather than “Wolverine” because the baton that he is trying to pass to the next generation is that of his more human persona.”

It’s a very interesting read, and I can certainly see the similarities. Logan was a brilliant send off for the character. I don’t think any film has really captured the weight of being a hero out of time.

If you want, check out our review for Logan here!