Mark Steven Johnson (Director)
Ben Affleck (Matt Murdock)
Jennifer Garner (Elektra)
Michael Clarke Duncan (Kingpin)
Colin Farrell (Bullseye)
Jon Favreau (Foggy Nelson)
Joe Pantoliano (Urich)
Here is yet another addition to the
seemingly endless genre of cinema known as the 'comic book
adaptation'. On the heels of the unprecedented success of
studios are more eager than ever to shell out the millions on
characters derived from DC and Marvel illustrators and penmen.
"Daredevil" is the latest to be unleashed on the general
population, and it is actually not as bad as the trailers would
Affleck stars as Matt Murdock. Blinded at a young age,
Matt's senses became enhanced, allowing him to hear and feel
things most people cannot. Also, it gave him somewhat
superhuman abilities--he can leap tall buildings in a single bound
and can stay afloat in mid-air for a lot longer than most Caucasians.
So, he did the only thing reasonable to a person with those kinds
of abilities--he became a superhero.
this film, as Daredevil, Matt must go head-to-head with The
Kingpin (Micaael Clarke Duncan), and Kingpin's henchman Bullseye
(Colin Farrell). Why? Because every good superhero has
to have an evil supervillain. Jennifer Garner also stars as
Elektra, who is trying to avenge her father's death. There
are some pretty steamy scenes between Daredevil and Elektra, but
nothing too foreboding for the kiddies.
is, pretty much, your typical comic book adaptation. Though
it is not nearly as true to the story as some other recent
adaptations (i.e. "X-Men"), it does manage to fair well.
Ben Affleck does a decent job as the superhero, though he does
have a few too many corny lines ("Time to give the devil his
due!"). Michael Clarke Duncan is perfectly cast as
Kingpin, and Colin Farrell seems to really love being nasty as
Bullseye ("I want a costume!"). I am not a huge
Jennifer Garner fan, but she was somewhat enjoyable too.
Watch for a cameo from Kevin Smith,
is liable to do serious business at the box office, which will
only prolong the comic book adaptation craze. But, is that a
good thing or a bad thing? With "X2", "The
Hulk", and "The Extraordinary League of Gentleman"
soo to be released, we will see if the genre has enough talent and
steam to stick it out. "Daredevil" will help it
along, but I don't know how wise a sequel would be. It's not
that they couldn't pull it off--but it seems that this film might
be the 'one is enough' variety, unlike "Spiderman"
the kids should be tickled to death by this flick, and the adults
might like it too, depending on their taste and preference.
All female audience members, however, should be forewarned
that Colin Farrell is not nearly as attractive as he usually is.
I mean, no director could make him ugly, but he is not as hot as
usual. It's an adjustment, but one everyone can make, I am
Ray ( 3 out of 4 pops )
about this film with other Popkorn Junkies
Matt ( 3 out of 4 pops )
Superhero movies can be either really fun or really
boring. I myself have never opened a comic book a day in my life,
so I'm not familiar with these heroes' strengths, powers and alter egos
until I watch the movies. And if those movies don't give clear
backstories, then I'm totally lost and spend the rest of the film not
giving a damn what happens next and whether or not the hero strives in
his pursuit to eradicate evil. "X-Men" is a prime
example of a superhero movie in which I didn't give a damn, and unlike
many others I'm not doing cartwheels in anticipation of its sequel
(which was shown in the trailers for "DD").
"Daredevil," on the other hand," is a good, solid
superhero flick in which I had tons of fun! In this case, the
backstory is well-established and I had a great sense of Matt Murdock's
character in and out of the suit. That is helped by Ben Affleck's
effective, low-key performance. Jennifer Garner is, needless to
say, extremely hot, but it was also fun watching her kick ass. It
was nice watching the love interest play someone other than a damsel in
distress. Michael Clarke Duncan is superb as the villain, and his baritone
voice suits his character perfectly. Then again, Big Mike never
disappoints. Jon Favreau plays Murdock's best friend and
provides a little comic relief. One thing I must say about the
film, and this isn't a criticism, is it's a lot darker than I expected. And I
appreciated the dark, Tim Burton-esque tone. There's
even a tragic plot point, which I would never expect in a film of this
sort. So my only warning would be for the parents out there,
because this is an intensely violent film. I was going to keep
everyone in suspense and say there's a surprise cameo, but it has
already been given away by Billy Ray. I myself was both amused and
surprised when Kevin popped up. I have very few complaints
about "DD." It's not simply a guilty pleasure.
it's both entertaining and well-done. Comic book
die-hards might be able to pick the film apart, but I myself was very