A couple of weekends ago I finally saw Logan. And while it was very well made, it freaked me the hell out. The fact that it’s the first X-Men movie to be rated R because of extreme violence was no secret, but being an avid Marvel fan, I wanted to see it anyway.
I’m glad I did. But I don’t think I’ll see it again. I rather like blinking and kind of miss doing it.
What made it well-made was a combination of cinematic effects, characters, and unlike some superhero movies, a cohesive story. One element that stood out in Logan brings us to today’s topic in our series: foreshadowing.
Foreshadowing sets up readers/viewers for things to come. It’s what the “Chekhov’s Gun” principle is about – if something appears in the story, it should matter to the story.
Readers will sense something is important just because it’s there. What can lead to surprising twists is how that something comes into play.
Consider the adamantium bullet in Logan (if you haven’t seen it, don’t worry. I’ll include enough info for you to get the point and avoid spoilers). Because of Logan’s healing factor, the only thing that can kill him is a bullet made from the same metal that laces his bones. He carries around such a bullet, “just in case.” In one scene, Laura has found it and is holding it, asking why he has it, though she already knows.
So all through the movie we’re thinking this bullet is important. It may be the thing that brings Logan to his end. Turns out the bullet was important, just not in the way we thought.
The bullet wasn’t the only example of foreshadowing (Professor X’s seizures were another), but it may have been the most significant. The movie obeyed Chekhov’s Bullet superbly.
What are some of the best examples of foreshadowing you’ve read/seen?