By Aric Sweeny
Marvel Studios is best known for making a cohesive cinematic universe using many of its popular characters. This time, however, they took a stab at a Netflix exclusive television series, and it is glorious.
“Daredevil” follows the life of Matt Murdock/ Daredevil (Charlie Cox); a lawyer by day, but a crime fighting vigilante by night. Murdock was blinded as a young boy, giving him heightened senses. He uses these ‘powers’ to fight crime.
This first season is essentially the origin story of Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/ Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio)’s hatred for each other. Fisk is a crime lord of New York City, trying to shape the future of Hells Kitchen (a popular neighborhood in New York City). Some of the greatest moments from this season were the flashbacks of Fisk’s childhood. They helped show the audience how truly tragic Fisk’s backstory is. One wouldn’t expect Fisk to be this tormented by his childhood at first glance, but these scenes give a great representation of his abusive dad, overly empathetic mother, and his struggles with being overweight. These scenes along with D'Onofrio's performance gave us the best villain out of the MCU thus far.
Murdock and his best friend, Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), are co-lawyers trying to make a name for themselves. The chemistry between Nelson and Murdock was fantastic, and Nelson definitely provided much needed comic relief at key points within the show.
Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall) was also played a vital role in this show. He is an investigative journalist for the New York Bulletin. The intern of Murdock and Nelson’s business, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), worked with Urich to get the real story out on who Fisk really is.
One thing this show did better than any property I have ever seen before is the fight scenes. These sequences were choreographed perfectly, no shaky cameras or bad editing. Overall just beautifully shot, gritty fights. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, but the fight scenes in this show made Nolan’s look like something a fan made.
While Cox’s portrayal of Daredevil was damn near perfect, D’Onofrio stole the show. He has provided us fans with the definitive portrayal of Kingpin. Similar to Heath Ledger’s magnificent role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight”, when viewers think of Kingpin, they will think of this performance.
Overall, this show did everything right. Fleshed out characters, amazing fight scenes, and an interesting plot made it constantly entertaining for all 13 episodes, a huge improvement from the 2003 “Daredevil” movie. I’d highly recommend this show to anyone, comic book fan or not.
My rating: 5/5. This is the greatest thing Marvel Studios has ever done.
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