Review: Daredevil (TV Series)

DaredevilThe Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on full swing since it released Iron Man in 2008.  We've seen two Iron Man sequels, two Captain America movies, two Thor movies, an Avengers movie with more to come, Guardians of the Galaxy and two televisions shows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter).  Now, Netflix has taken up the mantle of producing new shows. The first one is Daredevil, and right off the bat, it is great. 

This series starts with an origin story of the main character, Daredevil, beginning with how he became blind. If you don't know the character, this show will give you a great idea of the character, along with many other characters of the Marvel Universe. The overall stories are for Matt Murdock to truly establish himself as Daredevil and the take over of NYC by Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. It gives a good balance between the two main stories, particularly watching how they overlap with their morals. This show could easily lose itself in being too serious, too gritty, but it breaks it up with the occasional joke and the bright scenes, something Marvel does truly excel at with their movies.

The actors do wonderful with this show. I haven't seen most of them in other works. Charlie Cox plays the main character of Matt Murdock/Daredevil. I will say he has done so much better with this role than what Ben Affleck did in the movie version. He's actually qutie adorable as Matt Murdock and quite intimidating as Daredevil. Sometimes, it is hard to believe he is the same character. Vincent D'Onofrio plays Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. This is a legendary character in the Marvel Universe, a villian of both Daredevil and Spider-Man, and I don't think they could have found a better actor for the role. He brings a true terrifying presence of a villian with a tortured past. These are the two main characters, but the supporting cast is also great with Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich, Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, and Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley.

It doesn't hold back with the violence. The action sequences are simply brilliant, especially for a television show.  This is perhaps some of the best coreographed action sequences I have seen. When compared to a big rival such as The Arrow, another vigilante seeking justice for his city, Daredevil exceeds any and all expectations. At first, he deals with Russians and other thugs for Fisk, then the Hand makes an appearance. The Hand are a ninja clan, also reaching far back into Marvel Universe. Check out this scene for the fight choreography:

The set designs are also spectacular, as it truly does feel like you're in New York City. The archeticture, the construction, it really does look like New York City. I haven't been in the Hell's Kitchen area of NYC, though the areas I have been to matches what they display on this show. Though, that's how it should be, as it was shot on location in NYC. I'm just appreciative of the fact that it isn't shown as a dark, gritty city, but as what it can be, a beautiful and bright city.

Is it necessary to watch this show to stay up to date with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe currently? No. You don't have to watch this, though it will add in to future events such as The Defenders. Marvel has been attempting something so spectacular with their movies and television shows. Everything ties in together in some way, shape, or form; and so far they really haven't failed. There may have been a couple of missteps here or there, but overall, they find a way to make everything work so well.  Also, keep an eye out for all of the easter eggs throughout the show, particularly if you know your Marvel.

Daredevil is certainly a show you should check out if you can on Netflix. All thirteen episodes are available, perfect for a binge-watching weekend.

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