TV show lands hit where movie fails

Kyra Smith-Cullen

When people think of Daredevil cinematically, they tend to think of the 2003 flop. However, Netflix and Marvel are hoping to redeem themselves with “Marvel’s Daredevil,” and are succeeding.

The entire season was released on April 10 and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Since my curiosity was piqued, I decided to procrastinate and watch the first episode.

And I was immediately sucked in.

The show is about Matt Murdock, who lost his vision after a car accident that involved chemicals when he was 9. The focus is on adult Murdock who is trying to start a law firm and become a vigilante. Plotwise, the episodes flow very well together and I had to stop myself from watching the next one because it is such a flawless transition.

Murdock is played by Charlie Cox, who is superior to Affleck in the role because he doesn’t try to stand out. He blends into the cast and shadows effortlessly, but is still able to take control of a situation, like when facing legal opponents.

The one flaw of the episode was that they introduced a lot of people, who may or may not play important roles later on, and it’s slightly difficult to keep track. Murdock is the only character we’ve actually got a feel for, but I’m sure that later episodes will explore the complexities of the characters while weeding out the necessary ones.

The show mixes the drama of a law show with the fast paced thrill of an action show. Murdock spends part of his time trying to figure out how to defend his client and another part disabling henchmen with quick fights. Even the fighting is superior to the movie, where showy moves were a priority, because this Daredevil just wants to incapacitate his opponents.

Another thing that the show is (thankfully) lacking is the over exaggerated portrayal of Murdock’s abilities. He has incredible hearing, speed and hints that he uses touch to create an image, but there are no cheesy effects. Instead, the director chose to subtly shift the levels to subtly alert the audience that there is a difference.

The director made a lot of interesting and creative choices when it came to cinematography by playing with shadows and darkness. Many of the scenes with Murdock alone or fighting occur in places with minimal lighting and the director uses that to create beautiful contrasts.

If you’ve got time and love Marvel, drama or action, you should definitely watch “Daredevil”, but try to do it when you’ve got time to be sucked into the thrilling world.


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