Daredevil Review

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marvel’s daredevil on netflix looks setto be the new superhero series to beat, giving arrow and the flash quite a run for theirvigilante money. forget 2003’s daredevil movie starring benaffleck, which mixed po-faced melodrama with cheesy cartoony elements.this new daredevil series is an entirely different beast and takes marvel into darker, grittierterritory than we’ve seen before while still firmly locating the world of our new small-screensuperhero within the marvel cinematic universe. with 13 episodes of about 50 minutes eachto play with, daredevil takes an enjoyably slow-build approach to introducing us to mattmurdock, a brilliant blind lawyer by day and a violent masked vigilante by night.through a series of flashbacks cleverly integrated

into murdock’s present-day story, we findout how he came to be a street-level hero with enhanced senses, a vigilante on a missionto save his city. the show has a feeling of realism that’sdue to many things: there’s the performances of the actors themselves, there’s the hell’skitchen setting and new york filming locations, there’s how the fight scenes are staged,and there’s the way the writers gradually build up the layers of these characters andtheir stories. and then there’s the show’s darkness,both in terms of its appearance and its attitude. even the series’ opening credits look likethey’re dripping blood. murdock lives in the deliberately murky-lookingneighbourhood of hell’s kitchen in a new

york city still dealing with the aftermathof the avengers’ first assembly. there’s a feeling of film noir in the playfuluse of shadows in the show, and a distinct air of 1970s american movies like taxi driverin the its grounded grittiness. and that edginess extends to the script andits unflinching commitment not to shy away from the intense and, at times, brutal natureof murdock’s story. from what i’ve seen of the series so far,murdock’s daredevil doesn’t shrink from violence or meting out justice as he feelsfit. imagine the oliver queen we met in season1 of arrow on steroids! among those who deserve credit for daredevil’squite daring tone are executive producer drew

goddard, who very much sets the mood withhis writing on the first two episodes, showrunner steven deknight, and the series’ cinematographermatthew lloyd. as for the cast, charlie cox puts in a pitch-perfectperformance as both super-smart and super-charming lawyer matt murdock, and his kick-ass, power-punchingalter-ego daredevil, whose initial black costume fits well with the show’s dark themes.elden henson brings a real likeability to foggy, who’s murdock’s friend and partner-in-law,and he also adds a nice line in humour, throwing some light among the show’s shadows.plus, there’s a lovely, natural chemistry between henson’s foggy and true blood stardeborah ann woll, who plays their first client, karen page.as nurse claire temple, rosario dawson’s

time on the show is certainly off to an interestingstart. and vincent d’onofrio’s turn as shadowybusinessman wilson fisk is nicely understated, with an ever-present hint of danger.while toby leonard moore hits all the right notes as fisk’s right-hand man, wesley.and vondie curtis-hall is totally convincing as old-fashioned newspaper journalist ben,who wants to unearth stories that make a difference. and if it’s action you’re after, you certainlywon’t be disappointed with daredevil. there are plenty of amazing fight scenes,which mix down-and-dirty brawling with martial arts influences to great effect.the show’s stunt team, including stunt and fight co-ordinator philip j silvera, reallyhave done a superb job.

oh, and listen out for the sound during thosefights – it’s bone-crunchingly intense! after watching the first five episodes ofdaredevil, i cannot wait to watch the rest! and i’m now even more excited to see theother street-level hero series that marvel’s got up its sleeve, including aka jessica jones,iron fist, and luke cage; all of whose main characters will team up with daredevil inthe defenders. lots to look forward to! so, to sum up: daredevil is a delectably darkdive into the world of marvel’s popular street-level hero.combining an incredible cast and awesome stunts with a smart slow-burn script, the seriesshows that justice can be both blind and bloody.

daredevil gets 4.5 out of 5 flicks. when you’ve seen daredevil, tell me whatyou think of the show. how excited are you for marvel’s upcomingtv shows aka jessica jones, luke cage and iron fist?and who’s your favourite superhero on the big or small screen & why?let me know in the comments below! if you like this video, hit the thumbs-upbutton & subscribe for my weekly reviews and interviews!thanks for watching and see ya next time. yippee-ki-yay, superhero lovers!

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