Happy Days and all that goodness, a brand new Marvel television series is back into our midst and we are so excited to see Stardust’s Charlie Cox don the suit of Matt Murdock - a blind superhero who dresses up in spandex and romps around New York solving crimes. Nevertheless, the series has already been met with some contention seeing as the only incarnation on the big screen was Ben Affleck’s romp in latex. Whilst it makes for an impressive stepping stone on the road to becoming Batman, the film was met with critical and commercial failure. Now Netflix is attempting to bring the hero back so it’s adequate time to look back at the film.
Daredevil is one of those movies that tried to monopolise on the new superhero movie hype. Unfortunately, it missed all of the targets it was trying to hit. Daredevil was extremely stale, bringing nothing new to the superhero table. Certainly, it promised a much darker superhero than the spandex wearing Spiderman, but failed to deliver. It was marred by executives decisions of cutting too far from the bloodier action and focusing on the romance angle of the movie. And Colin Farrell as the deadly assassin Bullseye is just a little too over the top teetering the film into the ridiculousness. There is something truly missing from Daredevil, feeling like there was a great movie that was cut up into a bad one, shifting between moments quickly and not really building on the action or characters. It all feels a little bit awkward really.
Affleck brings his best game as Murdock, layering complexity. As well as this he has heaps of chemistry with Jennifer Garner, his now wife, in battle and in bed that brings her brilliant talent to the foreground too. The late great Michael Clarke Duncan towers terrifyingly in the film as Kingpin who wields these amazing, shockingly intense moments.
OH! And Daredevil also has a wickedly good soundtrack.
The director’s cut is proof that more people should have faith in the man at the helm of a film. Daredevil isn’t as bad as people make out and although many still feel that Affleck didn’t fit the mask as well as another actor would, there is still a surprisingly turn from him. This may restore your faith in his casting, it may not but you certainly should see a better tailored Daredevil . Before you head to the Netflix series, maybe you should revisit the film the way it should be!
Or you’ll be making blind decisions.
What Do You Think?
Is Daredevil actually good?
Or is it terrible as everyone claims?
Let us know in the comments below.
Daredevil is on Netflix now!