Marvel’s Daredevil, 2015
Directed by: Drew Goddard
Cast: Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Elodie Yung
Reviewed by: Hailey Dolan
If you were scarred from the atrocious 2003 Daredevil movie adaptation, lick those wounds, cancel your plans and log in because you are about to become addicted.
Netflix original series Marvel’s Daredevil centers around Matt Murdock (Cox), a man chemically blinded as a child leaving him to see “a world on fire”. With best friend Franklin “Foggy” Nelson (Henson), they set off as green attorneys trying to get their business on its feet in the town of Hell’s Kitchen. Not yet exposed to the crime-infested New York City, Matt and Foggy still have moral compasses that remain untarnished.
Until Matt decides to put on a horned crimson mask and beat the crap out of bad guys.
Fight choreographer Philip Silvera says Daredevil’s fighting style is that of a “seasoned MMA fighter, mixing Matt’s lineage as the son of [boxer] Battlin’ Jack Murdock, along with his martial arts training by his mentor, Stick.” Though Matt can’t tell the police what a suspect is wearing, he sure knows where to make his blow land.
Charlie Cox’s portrayal of said vigilante is so convincing it’s hard to believe the actor isn’t a blind badass by night. Cox demonstrates his acting chops as Daredevil struggles to keep his two worlds separate, connecting with the others without even looking them in the eye.
Villain Kingpin (D’Onofrio) is a ticking bomb. Though he has paid assassins to do his killing, don’t be fooled by his alluring sophistication and calm demeanor. He can smash a car door on someone’s head till it looks like a deflated basketball with the best of them.
The Punisher (Bernthal), however, only kills for revenge. After seeing his entire family murdered at a recent reunion, Punisher’s kills for those responsible are strategic, precise and ruthless. All signs point to serial killer on the surface, but Punisher is only out for people he deems deserving. Karen Page (Woll), secretary and love interest to Matt, as well as Daredevil himself owe Punisher a few thank yous in that department.
College sweetheart Elektra (Yung) returns to Matt after ten years, poking holes in his romantic life. Overall, writers Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez – who replaced season one’s writer Steven S. DeKnight – keep the diehard comic fans happy. But with the introduction of this psychotic and unfamiliar version of Elektra, they took what could have been a dynamic character and turned her into a plot convenience whenever things get slow and need a killing kick.
With not one episode lacking in bloodshed, this show is definitely not for children. Whether someone’s face is getting beaten in, a bullet is going through their head or their throat is being slit, some unofficial quota of gore is met and shown with tight camera angles from director Drew Goddard. Even with all of the grime and grit, the characters and plot lines are so compelling it leaves even the weak-stomached wanting more.
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