When you think Marvel you don’t think dark and gritty, am I right? You think fun and adventurous, like “Avengers” or “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Sure, Marvel got a few R-rated movies such as “Blade” and “Punisher”, but they are never really referred to as the main players when it comes to Marvel properties. So we really never get the grit from Marvel that we might want. But now it seems like we have finally gotten it… in TV form. It looks like there are many curve-balls being thrown here. So let’s have a look at it and see if it is any good.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… “Daredevil”!
“Daredevil” is about Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who as a kid suffered a terrible accident involving a truck and some chemicals that made him blind. But this also enhanced his other senses like hearing and such. Skip ahead to about 20 years later and he has become a lawyer and have just started a law firm with his best friend Foggy (Elden Henson). What Foggy doesn’t know however is that Matt goes around at night as a costumed vigilante, beating up bad guys. And so the show is about Matt taking on the role of this vigilante to try to stop all the bad guys and to finally get to the ultimate boss of it all, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). We also get to know a lot from his childhood and how he comes to terms with his blindness and enhanced senses. And from that we get one of the most intriguing and interesting stories of any TV-show in recent years. Especially among the superhero TV-shows. This is a gritty show with all episodes containing some really great material. And I absolutely loved the story aspects of the show.
The characters are all interesting, compelling, well-written and greatly acted. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock is perfect, really bringing the whole “damaged, yet strong” aspect to life. Elden Henson plays Foggy with determination and brings the humor that the show needs. I am not saying that this show should be “Guardians of the Galaxy” in tone, I am just saying that the humor coming from the guy really helps the show. Deborah Ann Woll who plays their secretary and friend Karen Page is also really good. But by far, the best in this show has to be Vincent D’Onofrio. I mean, holy shit, his performance in the show is drop dead amazing. He plays the role of Wilson Fisk (Sidenote: Also known as “The Kingpin” in other things) so perfectly with all the ruthlessness the character is known for but also adding some humanity to really sell it perfectly. And I can thankfully say that there are no weak performances in this show. They are all great.
The score for the show was done by John Paesano (Must… resist… making… Italian… Joke). And the score for the show to me is fucking fantastic. There is intense music, there is thoughtful music, there is sad music, there is all kind of music in this show and it is all great. Going by regular orchestra (as most composers do), Paesano (Hnnnngggg…) makes a perfect score for the show that fits in every instance.
This show got a fair amount of action in it and it is all spectacular. You notice that Matt got some training in martial arts but that he is no Bruce Lee or even Bruce Wayne. He can handle his own in a fight but he still gets his ass kicked a fair amount. I can also mention that the fights in this show are brutal. There is blood, bruises and broken bones and you see it all… and I love it. The grittyness of it all really helps make the show hold it’s own. And the show overall is really well-directed/shot. It is all visually great. I also love all the constant nods and easter eggs to other Marvel things. If you keep close attention, you will notice them. And for those of you who are a little confused, yes this show ties in to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). It is set some time after “The Avengers”. It’s interesting to see if it ties into the movies one day.
This show has gotten some pretty great reviews so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic the show has a score of 75/100. and on imdb.com it has a score of 9,3/10.
“Daredevil” is a dark, serious and gritty Marvel show with an intriguing plot, terrific performances, a great score, great writing, excellent direction/camera work, great action and a great feel. Time for the final score. Where is that damn guy, Jeff? *bang on door*. Jeff, where the hell have you been? What? Since when are you blind? Whatever, envelope! Thank you! My final score for “Daredevil” is a 9,97/10. This of course means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
My review of season 1 of “Daredevil” is done.
Dear Netflix, give us a second season.