I saw Daredevil over the week-end and really enjoyed it. I'm been a
DD fan for a while and have read most of the major story arcs,
including the DD/Elektra saga which was presented in the movie.
I've read some of the criticisms of the film, and I agree with a
few. However, I think that some of them are off base and are coming
from viewers that must not be very familiar with the character and
the comic book.
I was skeptical about Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/DD before I saw the
film. After seeing it, I feel that Affleck became the character.
IMHO, he nailed it. The other main characters were also portrayed
very well. Kingpin, Bullseye, Elektra, Ben Urick, Foggy Nelson -
none of them rubbed me the wrong way.
As for some of the criticisms of the film - I agree with two and a
half of them. First, DD doesn't kill. The scene in the subway just
didn't sit well with me. I don't know why the filmakers did it that
The playground fight was a little ridiculous. However, (and here's
where the half comes from), this scene was a variation on a scene
from a DD comic featuring DD and a female character called Echo
(Elektra as a Native American/Hispanic). They fought in a playground
at night with an audience of 3 kids. So I can see where the
filmakers got the idea from.
Elektra was necessary in the film. The DD/Elektra/Kingpin/Bullseye
story is classic Frank Miller DD. The problem was trying to condense
that into a 2 hour movie.
Matt - I too did not like the way that that the Kingpin found out who
DD was (this is item #2 on the dislike list). I'm guessing that
the "Born Again" storyline will be the basis for DD 2 since the
Kingpin was laughing and saying "This isn't over" or something like
that near the end.
DD was also ultra sensitive to sound in the comics. He just learned
to tune things out. I think that the use of sound to disorient DD in
the film was a way for the audience to see that he wasn't too
Another reviewer mentioned the line - "A man without fear is a man
without hope," and how dumb it was. It actually came directly from
the comics. However, the order was reversed in the film. It should
have been "A man without hope is a man without fear." Why they
reversed it, I don't know. Incidentally, the answering machine
message from "Heather" was also straight out of the comics, but it
was a different woman leaving the message.
Last but not least, two other DD writers are mentioned in the film -
Falcone tells Jack Murdock that three fighters that he has beaten -
Miller, Bendis and Mack - were all working for him. Brian Michael
Bendis is the current writer of Daredevil and David Mack has also
written and drawn the comic recently.
As a comic book fan, and fan of Daredevil, I was very pleased with
the movie. I thought that it was a very faithful adaptation of the
source material and that the performances were all solid. I'm glad
that it was darker in tone that Spider-Man, because that's the way
the comic is. And if they do make sequels, (which I'm sure they
will), two other storylines that they could use are even darker -
Frank Miller's "Born Again" and Kevin Smith's "Guardian Devil."
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing DD again on DVD.
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