Daredevil

I love our modern age where I can call up Netflix on my XBox 360 and start streaming their new original television series DAREDEVIL.  I adore the fact they shoot the entire season then put it up so I can gulp it down or pace myself with an episode at a time.  (I’m a gulper – 2 to 3 episodes at a sitting).

Let me count the ways I think this show is great.  The star Charlie Cox.  He caught my eye in the movie based on a Neil Gaiman novel Stardust.  He is pitch perfect as Matt Murdock.  Elden Henson is the kind, funny, befuddled best friend and law partner, Foggy Nelson.  Vondie Curtis-Hall is the voice of wisdom and age as the reporter Ben Urich.  And then there is Vincent D’Onofrio who is just killer as Wilson Fisk.  The portrayal of nobility and savagery is astounding.  One moment you find him compelling, fascinating and the next he is repellant.

The women — Rosario Dawson brings grace and courage to the role of Claire.  I was loving Karen, but that has changed.  More on that in my next post.  Wai Ching Ho is fascinating as Madam Gao and Judith Delgado as Elena show that older women can have power and strength and be interesting in their own right.  Compared to the men there are fewer women, but they are all complex, strong and interesting.

The look — it’s great.  It’s the mean streets.  It’s also visceral in its portrayal of violence, and the effects of violence.  Matt can’t just shake off a beating.  It takes time for him to heal, Claire is constantly stitching him up and he hurts.  It’s such a pleasant change from action and violence without consequences.  This is what Wild Cards should and could be with the right backers.

6 Responses to Daredevil

  • Georgino Ludwig says:

    Stardust wasn’t a comic. I mean I’m sure it was adapted into a comic format but it was a novel. and a wonderful movie. I’ll never look at Robert DeNiro the same way again after having seen that movie.

    I love Rosario as the Night Nurse. I’m hoping that they use her character as intended in the comics. She’s the person who patches the “street level” hero characters up. such as Daredevil and the Punisher

    • Melinda Snodgrass says:

      Thanks for letting me know. I thought Stardust was a graphic novel. Like you, I just adored the movie.

  • Shelley Adrienne Mimi Belsky says:

    “This is what Wild Cards should and could be with the right backers.”

    Uh-oh.
    This sounds ominous.

    • Melinda Snodgrass says:

      Nothing worse then the usual development hell. Things are a bit up in the air right now, but things haven’t gotten worse. I’m actually worried that all these superhero shows on Tv will make Wild Cards seem redundant and we so much of this first. Ah well. We’ll see what happens.

  • John Tighe says:

    There have been zillions of Cop shows, Doctor shows, and Lawyer shows. That hasn’t stopped them from making more.

    • Melinda Snodgrass says:

      I hope you’re right, John. I’d love to do Wild Cards, and I think it’s best suited for television rather than a feature film.

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