Published on September 24th, 2015 | by Nancy Basile
‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ Review
How in the hell did I not write a Daredevil review? I loved Daredevil, but once again, watched it way after it came onto Netflix.
The cast is amazing: Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood, bringing a lot of heart and appeal; Vondie Curtis-Hall aging nicely into an avuncular world-weary reporter who has seen his world fall apart from doing the right thing; Rosario Dawson as a normal person doing the right thing; Bob Gunton having a hell of a good time as a criminal accountant who is surprisingly fearless; and even the truly charismatic Charlie Cox, who makes the blind superhero of Hell’s Kitchen a lot of fun without being silly at all.
And holy crap, what about Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk? What an amazing “get” that is. D’Onofrio is an actor’s actor, bringing an insane amount of heft to a comic book character who had a cane that fired “blasts” in the ’70s.
Daredevil is a “street level” super hero, meaning he stops actual crimes, robberies, abductions, rather than dealing with alien invasions and the like. Daredevil (I don’t think anyone actually says that word on the show) is trying to clean up Hell’s Kitchen by beating up criminals while D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk is trying to clean up Hell’s Kitchen with a Stalinesque take-over. There’s a lot of hard boiled tropes, interesting camera work in the form of a couple one-shot fights, and all kinds of love story. The Marvel characters really work when they get a chance to be fleshed out a little and this show is great.
Netflix premiered its original series, Marvel’s Daredevil, on April 10, 2015. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the superhero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Other cast members include Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple; Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk; Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page; Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson; Scott Glenn as Stick; Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley; Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley; Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Urich; and Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna.