By Aric Sweeny
Jessica Jones (Review)
The potential for Marvel to go completely mature and dark opened with last April’s amazing Netflix series “Daredevil,” and “Jessica Jones” doesn’t disappoint.
Story: Jessica Jones is a short tempered, drunken, private detective striving to make a living in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. She attempts to restore her personal life, but is faced with a vindictive foe from her past that must be defeated.
Review: Now let me just get this out of the way first: while I love the show, it isn’t nearly as good as “Daredevil”. (You can check out my review for that right here).
Now, on with my thoughts…
“Jessica Jones” is not a superhero show, just as “Daredevil” wasn’t either. Although some might classify it as a crime show, it is a creepy and twisted psychological thriller more than anything.
The cast, specifically Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and David Tennant, are nearly perfect in their roles. The first 15 minutes of the first episode had me worried because of Ritter’s apparent overacting, but she seemingly gets into character right after that and sticks with it to the very end.
Tennant’s portrayal as Kilgrave wasn’t your average villainous role. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a bad guy that is physically menacing, but it can so easily get tedious and flat out boring. Kilgrave, although extremely powerful, was more of a psychological threat to Jessica. Rather than putting her at risk, he would rather just spend his life with her and cater to essentially her every need. Him doing this was making her life a living hell.
The show is dark, really, really dark. With that said, however, it does have some humor that gets thrown at you at the strangest times, and can make the tone flip-flop just like that. That would be a good thing in a more lighthearted show, but it usually doesn’t work in this one and can leave you not knowing whether to feel cheerful or gloomy.
We get an unexpected amount of Luke Cage in this first season, and I can already tell that the character is going to become a fan favorite when his show hits next year. I knew he was going to show up, but didn’t realize he’d have a recurring role.
A major complaint I have with the show so far is the lack of quality fight scenes. The first true fight we see involves Jessica, Luke, and a few thugs at the bar. Sounds great, right? Wrong. What a terribly filmed and choreographed scene; it just felt...off. Luckily the fights improve as the show progresses, but they never really get good enough to stand out.
Although the story is about Jessica, it is also about the lives of every single person she meets and sees on a regular basis. Every character, even the most uninteresting and ‘normal’ ones, have a place in this show that leads to Jessica suffering or benefiting in some way. It’s something I’ve never seen a show do before, and it does it extremely well.
I won’t give spoilers, but the ending could’ve been handled much better. It leaves you feeling somewhat unsatisfied, and will probably be looked at as anticlimactic once the majority of fans watch the entire season.
Although it isn’t perfect, “Jessica Jones” is a great installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and gets me even more excited to see what the future holds for the company’s Netflix TV shows.
Rating: 4/5 STARS
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