Saturday, April 11, 2015

Marvel's Daredevil Hits Netflix - First Impressions

Netflix's Daredevil is NOT for kids, did we need that distinction? I mean the pilot is based around human trafficking, slavery and drug trafficking and that's putting it lightly. Not only that, but Daredevil is mental, he actually stabs people in the eyeball to get information, several times - this is the adult Marvel people have been waiting for.

Charlie Cox is brilliant as Matt Murdock, he's quiet but always looks like he's listening for heartbeats - which is one of the best things about the show. There is no blue matrix vision like in Ben Affleck's version, but you can hear what he hears and it's really, really interesting. One massive letdown for the show is Matt's co-partner in lawyering Foggy. The most accurate description of him I've read was he is Jar Jar Binks; he's cheesy and seems badly acted, and just doesn't fit in with the show, even as comic relief.

The best part of the show for me is the Daredevil fight scenes, it's shot in the more Asian style of fight scenes - in American they swing a punch and the camera cuts to the fist in their face, but in this there's no cuts from the action. One scene in the second episode Daredevil fights a corridor full of Russians, it's obviously an homage to the original Oldboy hallway fight scene, just this was done in ONE TAKE. Think The Raid levels of fight quality. 

Daredevil Season 1 is on Irish Netflix now - will you be binge watching too - let us know your thoughts!

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