If you have Netflix and are even vaguely interested in superheroes, then you have probably already seen Daredevil and are probably a huge fan. I could cut this review short and just say ‘Daredevil is awesome!’ but it is one of my charming personality traits that I like to waffle on a bit.
In case you are unlucky enough to have not read any of the comics – or lucky enough to have missed the Ben Affleck movie – a quick origin story is necessary. When Matt Murdock (Daredevil) was a kid he unfortunately got radioactive waste spilled onto his eyes. As all comic book fans know, radioactive anything is great and always gives you superpowers of some kind. In Matt Murdock’s case, all his other senses get massively enhanced. Having a crap is presumably an horrendous experience, but generally speaking his new powers make him pretty amazing.
Matt also becomes a lawyer. He deals righteous justice as the Daredevil and as a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
One of the great things about the Netflix Daredevil show is that they take their time introducing the backstory, spreading it over several episodes. Frankly, I am bored of origin stories and the advantage of a TV series is that nothing is hurried. You don’t even meet the main bad guy – Kingpin (aka Wilson Fisk) until around episode three. Which is a shame because he is superbly portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio, but this is made up for with a ton of screen time later. Actually, all the actors are great, as is the script.
The fight scenes are well done too and there are moments when I found myself wincing in sympathy as Daredevil gets the shit kicked out him at various points. He really takes a beating. A very well choreographed beating.
Anyway, no need to labour my point. I loved Daredevil, but it took me a couple of episodes to get into it. Basically, from when Kingpin entered the series. Then I was hooked and pretty much binge-watched the rest. Here is a lovely trailer.