Who is stronger Batman or Daredevil
«Daredevil» on Netflix: Devilishly good?
A blind lawyer who hunts criminals. A district that sinks into chaos. A superhero series that doesn't feel like one. Our review of «Daredevil».
The best news first: Marvel's new "Daredevil" series is miles better than the 2003 movie, in which Ben Affleck did not honor the comic book character. With Netflix everything should now get better, the group ordered five Marvel formats that should work together. "Daredevil" is the first attempt at a new interpretation of the superhero genre, and it works.
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- April 10: «Daredevil»
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- May 21: «Between»
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- June 12: "Orange is the New Black" - Season 2
- July 17th: "Wet Hot American Summer"
- sometime in 2015: “BoJack Horseman” - Season 2, “Longmire” - Season 4, “Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones
- 2015/2016: “Club de Cuervos”, “The Crown”, “F is for Family”, “Flaked”, “Hemlock Grove”, “Love”, “Marco Polo” - Season 2, “Marseille”
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You start in the classic way, with the one Incident in the life of Matt Murdock, who is later to make him a fighter for justice: The first few minutes of "Daredevil" show young Matt, the child who loses his sight in a car accident. From there on, Matt is blind, but his other senses are developed even more strongly: He can hear, smell, taste, and feel better than any other person in the world. And recognize, for example, from the heartbeat of others whether they are lying or not. He hears gangsters footsteps tens of meters away.
Alone, “Daredevil” feels like more than “just” a superhero series. Apart from the “Batman” film trilogy, the genre is not considered to be the most demanding, and the formats often offer little more than popcorn action. One could also say: you use the cliché too often. «Daredevil» does it differently. It is true that you have the classic ingredients - battles, opponents, the representation of supernatural abilities. But the first episodes of the Netflix series give the impression that the authors want to show more than just the superhero Daredevil. You want to find out the character behind Daredevil, Matt Murdock. Just as Bruce Wayne played a more relevant role than his alter ego in the "Batman" trilogy. Likewise, «Daredevil» looks darker and more depressive than most modern superhero fabrics. Cold colors dominate, staccato sound sequences irritate. The format feels pulpy, also called “grim and gritty” in comics, dark and crude. The opposite of Marvel's other great superhero series, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.".
The pilot tells of Murdock's beginnings as a young lawyer. He and his colleague Foggy Nelson open a law firm, and since neither of them have a single client, they knock at the police station. Her first case: A young woman, Karen Page, is charged with murder. When she wakes up one morning in her apartment, the lifeless body of a work colleague lies next to her. It quickly turns out that Karen is innocent, but her life is wanted. Karen will soon be with the firm, the starting point of a larger story of power and money that Murdock will keep for a long time to come. The gang bosses of Hell's Kitchen, the New York neighborhood where “Daredevil” is at home, will soon recognize this. In episode two they want to take Murdock off, take a child prisoner to lure him into the trap.
From the basic plot, "Daredevil" reads like a more ordinary superhero series. But what sets them apart from others is their great interest in their own characters and their story. Action scenes alternate with slow scenes, with silent camera positions and sometimes almost chamber play-like discussions between characters. In general, you leave a lot of room for dialogue. The series wants you as a viewer to develop a relationship with its main characters. In episode two alone there are numerous flashbacks that tell of Matt's childhood, of his first experiences as a blind man, of his father, the lone fighter. These flashbacks not only serve to characterize Murdock, they also function as a parable of getting up again, in the traditional American sense: Matt's father was an underground boxer, one of the bad ones, but who kept getting into the ring. The title of episode two - "Cut Man" - says a lot: Matt stitched up his father's wounds as a matter of course, he learned never to give up.
“Daredevil” doesn't just focus on Matt Murdock, his lawyer partner Foggy Nelson and secretary Karen Page also take up a lot of space. The second episode wonderfully tells of a night of partying, in which Foggy and Karen get closer. Karen's actress Debobrah Ann Woll is the secret star of the first episodes, her refreshing and authentic acting is impressive. But Charlie Cox (as Murdock) and Elden Henson (as Nelson) also offer a high level and harmonize wonderfully. At the beginning of the series, the opponents with whom Murdock gets (or will get) to deal with are a little neglected: The big bosses stay in the background, for a long time you only have to deal with henchmen. But even this seems intentional: the viewer should only get a vague impression of what is going on in the Hell's Kitchen district of Manhattan. Drugs, people smuggling, kidnapping, money laundering. Murdock will have a long way to go.
The first season of "Daredevil" has been available on Netflix since April 10th.
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