Marketing aside, word of mouth is what pushes new books, movies, and TV shows. It’s why I took a chance on Hugh Howey‘s dystopian novel, Wool. And why I finally streamed Babadook on Netflix the other night. Word of mouth (in this case, social media) prompted me to check out Daredevil. So I started watching the first episode, thinking it would most likely be weak and cheesy. But I should have known better.
It totally kicked ass.
I should have known better for a couple of reasons: One, because Stan Lee is involved, and Stan knows a thing or two about how to tell a story. Two, because Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock, the blind defense attorney and true identity of Daredevil. Cox also portrayed Owen Sleater, “Nucky” Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) right-hand man on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Cox was compelling and convincing in that role, so it stands to reason he’d do a good job as the sightless superhero as well. Of course, the acting can only be as strong as the writing. But, as I said…Stan Lee.
Another reason why Daredevil is such a good show, is that it’s based in reality, for the most part. That’s one of the tools for the suspension of disbelief. They start off in the real world of homelessness, urban blight, bigotry and hate. All the elements that make up the wonderful world of Homo sapiens. It’s dark and gritty. It’s authentic. So, when they introduce a crime fighter who got his super powers from a radioactive spill, you buy it.
And when it comes to villains, you can’t do much better than Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio brings a deep, almost childlike sadness to the role, which, in the episode that introduces him, makes Fisk’s violent attack on a Russian hoodlum all the more frightening.
Oh. And the fight scenes. Epic. One is six minutes long and takes place in a cramped hallway.
So. Go watch the show. Do a Netflix binge, even. You can thank me later.
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