MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL Review

The Man Without Fear arrives on worldwide television (or should I say streaming medium)! But has the wait for Marvel to regain the character rights been worth it? And will this help dull the sour taste of the disappointing Ben Affleck film? Read on to find out.

The official description from Netflix:

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.

The moment that comic fans have been eagerly awaiting (maybe slightly less than Avengers: Age of Ultron) is finally here, as Marvel’s Daredevil hits Netflix worldwide. Having had my reservations on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and having yet to watch Marvel’s Agent Carter (due to a lack of UK release), I was curious to see what they’d do with The Man Without Fear, as though I had high hopes given the more mature content that Netflix allows, I also had my worries. Having now finished my binge viewing of the entire season (though probably not quite as fast as some), I can say that these fears were unfounded, with the vigilante being more entertaining than ever before.

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Telling the story of a blind lawyer, who fights crime at night, Marvel’s Daredevil is a story that comic fans will know very well. It is however handled in a more in-depth manner, that will have non-comic fans hooked as well. For me personally, it’s the way that Matt Murdock’s portrayed that truly captivates. Where the 2003 film showed him as a brash, confident man, this show shows a more refined lawyer, looking for a break. Yes, there’s still a certain swagger to this charming character, but it never feels over the top, or in your face. The way that the show balances drama and action also is a testament to the creative genius’ behind this show, having enough excitement to keep viewers enticed, whilst also sporting a sophisticated story. We’re also taken into the word of crime in a more intense fashion than ever before, as though Daredevil is a little more aggressive than his comic counterpart, it’s not to an extent that tarnishes the character’s morals.

The main basis to a successful show may be it’s plot, but the acting ability behind it’s characters is just as crucial to it’s overall success. Marvel’s Daredevil captures this element perfectly, as though I was a little sceptical over certain casting choices, these were quickly proven irrelevant. The main star of the show is naturally Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), with the Stardust star owning the role. Giving a rich depth to the character, Cox had this viewer on the edge of his seat, with the cool, calm moments as Matt Murdock, and dark, crime fighting scenes as Daredevil balancing each other perfectly.

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The supporting cast also do a marvellous job of bringing this world to life, with True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), and Hunger Games: Mockingjay’s Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) being perfectly suited next to Cox, with the latter giving comic relief, and the former helping to form a continuous sub-plot. Vincent D’Onofrio also does a wonderful job as Wilson Fisk (better known as The Kingpin), and though he’s not quite as imposing as the late Michael Clarke Duncan, he shows that Fisk’s a man you don’t want to cross. Rounding things off, we get a terrific performance from Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), with this insight into the Night Nurse’s origins being rather intriguing. Helped greatly by Dawson’s performance.

Marvel’s Daredevil is a revolutionary show, for a company that’s already been taking the movie world by storm. Being gritty, exciting, and above all, character driven, this is a show that any comic fan will love. It also proves that DC aren’t the only ones that can make good comic TV shows, with the character likeness and freshness working in perfect harmony. So if you’ve got Netfilx, what are you waiting for? Go start this series. Whether you pace it out, or binge watch, you’re sure to enjoy. If you don’t have Netflix, this is the best time to give it a try. You also don’t need to worry about being lumbered with it following Marvel’s Daredevil, as if you watch within a month, you can do so on their free trial (though I’m sure their package will keep you as a subscriber beyond this).

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  • Kondorr

    Shit-talk incoming:

    I cannot wrap my head around the fame of DC’s shows.
    Arrow is totally unbelievable, the characters motivations are way underdeveloped and shows like The Bold and The Beautiful have dialogue on the same level as this.
    The Flash, although started out quite nice, seems to force itself into bad TV territory with pathetic villains like the Prison Break Brothers. And how in the world are they gonna be part of this third spin-off show… I do not get it. After Olivers resurrection, and after the return of Dumb and Dumber… I mean Fire and Ice idiots… i give up on both shows….

    And don’t get me started on Gotham… until the mid season break it was kinda alright… but the heat it got was still deserved, but what happened after… The Fish Mooney arc was just laughable and the Joker stuff although good acted, totally ruined by the writing. And Mooneys eye… that was uber lameness…

    I am watching Agents of Shield only, because it adds to the MCU, but besides that, it never was as bad as they say, but seems to not get good any time soon (just finished episode 10 of season 1). The acting is wooden, the music is like a cheep A-Team rip off, the writing is totally forced.

    Peggy Carter… also… great but only after half a season…

    Honestly… I hope DD is REALLY good… not like: “It is on television, so considering this, it is even kinda good”.
    Come on, there can not be double standards for network TV or cable or for cinema! At least DD is the only show that looks like some quality people were responsible for the cameras… the first show that actually looks legit and not like cheap TV.

    For years Cinema, cable and network are equal and we need to treat them like equals.
    Arrow at this point is just pathetic.
    Flash is just as lame as Barry trying to get that girl.
    Gotham is a bad joke.
    Shield is as wooden as can be, they even put the Star Wars prequels to shame at times.
    Carter is strongly overrated but the second half was really fun.

    The bar is set pretty low for superhero TV…I hope DD is good on a universal level… not in comparison to popular failures.

    • VirgilHawkins

      Considering, you admitted to not having seen any of Season 2 of AoS, I’m pretty confident your opinion of the show will change at least a little, since the writing gets a bit better and the plot becomes way more interesting, and important to the future of the MCU.

      While I agree that Arrow has devolved into little more than a action-soap, I still stand with the opinion that the Flash is the best superhero show on broadcast tv.

      That being said, I believe Daredevil is MILES better than any superhero show to come out of late, due in part to the cast, the direction, and its ability to go all out without fear of tv censors.

      • Kondorr

        Well I really hope AoS gets as good as “they” say. Because even with the rather wooden acting and some uninspired plots up to episode 10 I got to like those characters. And I do crave all MCU bits they are ready to give us 🙂

        But I also liked Gordon, Oliver and Barry before they totally and inexcusable jumped the shark this year.

        • John McCubbin

          The main problem I have with AOS is it’s direction more than it’s acting. When it looks as if they’ve sorted the plot out, they just bog it down with irrelevant drivel. I understand that they’re trying to appeal to a wider audience by giving varied styles, but I’d rather something a bit more focused. It also tries a little too hard at times, and is overall rather dull. Would suck without Coulson.

          As for Arrow and Flash, I see where you’re coming from. I’m still enjoying both, but I have to admit Arrow has been a let down, and Flash has been rather average following the mid season interval. Gotham is just something I could never get into, as though there were some elements I liked, it overall wasn’t the Batman series I was hoping for (and I’ve read Gotham Central).

          Agent Carter I’ve yet to see (as it’s not aired in the UK).

          Where DD beats them all is in it’s style. It manages to be a superhero story, that is true to the comics, but ultimately it is a TV series. Which I sometimes feel the others forget. It also manages to be fresh between episodes, whilst also giving an overarching plot. In addition to this, it balances everything that a great DD story needs, never feeling closer to one or another.