I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
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While it doesn't offer any answers, it both thrills and makes you think.
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Blinded as a child when a vat of radioactive goo hits his face, Matt Murdock discovers his other senses have been uber-heightened. As he grows, he trains as a fighter and learns to use his newly found powers to fight for good. That "good" includes bringing down Kingpin – the city's biggest crime lord and the man ultimately responsible for the death of his love, Elektra.This was a first time viewing for me. It may not be fair, but watching the 2003 Daredevil film in 2017, it's impossible not to compare it with the Netflix series. Let's see – they both, obviously, feature the blind titular hero. They both feature a ruthless criminal named Kingpin. They both feature a love interest / fighter named Electra. And they both feature a lot of fight scenes. But beyond these superficial similarities, the movie and the series couldn't be more different. Ben Affleck looks horribly stiff – especially in his fight scenes. His movements are unnatural. Michael Clark Duncan might have been a wonderful actor, but like Affleck, he's also stiff - too stiff to be an effective Kingpin. I don't think the weight he gained for the role did him any favors. As bad as Affleck looks in the fight scenes, Jennifer Garner as Elektra is even worse. She looks like someone in an aerobic kickboxing class, not someone who could actually hurt you in a fight. Finally, while both films feature a ton of fighting, the stuff in the movie is child's play in comparison with the brutality displayed in the series. The fight scenes from Netflix's Daredevil are miles better and way more convincing. If all that weren't bad enough, the 2003 movie also features an over- the-top Colin Farrell as Bullseye (and I don't mean over-the-top in a good way like I often do), a duller than dirt screenplay (boring), and a lot of bad CGI (the movie looks horrible). To put it bluntly, the movie stinks. I'm being terribly generous by giving it a 3/10.
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Growing up in Hell's Kitchen Matt Murdock was taught to avoid fights by his father, a washed up boxer who is working as an enforcer for a local mobster. When Matt learns the truth about what his father does he runs off and is involved in an accident; toxic watched is splashed in his eyes; he is instantly blinded but as a side effect his other senses are drastically improved; notably his hearing which is now so acute that he can use it like sonar! He uses these skills to train himself to fight for justice.Grown up he has become a lawyer who represents the innocent by day and takes vengeance against those who have escaped justice by night in the guise of Daredevil; a masked avenger. His ultimate goal is to discover the identity of 'King Pin' a notorious, almost legendary, crime lord who is behind most of the crime in the area. While doing this he meets and falls in love with Elektra Natchios, the daughter of a businessman who has dealings with King Pin, who is trained in martial arts to a level that matches his own skills. King Pin brings assassin 'Bullseye' into the country to eliminate Elektra's father when he tries to end their dealings. The events that follow will turn Elektra against Daredevil before he can finally confront King Pin.While this isn't one of the best superhero movies it is rather fun. Ben Affleck does a solid enough job in the lead role; especially when in the 'Matt Murdock' persona when he is in the Daredevil costume he is still entertaining but is mostly involved in action rather than things that show his character's development. Jenifer Garner is equally impressive as Elektra; it helps that her character gets stuck into the action rather than being a stereotypical damsel in distress. Michael Clarke Duncan is suitably imposing as King Pin and I liked Joe Pantoliano's performance as a journalist obsessed with the Daredevil; it was fun seeing him play somebody good for a change. I was less convinced by Colin Farrell as Bullseye; this was largely down to his ridiculous appearance a shaved head with a target on his forehead; something that probably looked cool in the original comic but here looked a bit too silly rather than scary. The overall story is entertaining and the action is plentiful and exciting. Overall I wouldn't say this is a must see film but it is worth checking out if you are a fan of the superhero genre.
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This surprisingly dark and moody superhero yarn is a great and unexpected surprise – probably the most genuinely entertaining comic-book film to come out of Hollywood in the early surge of such movies. It certainly walks all over the likes of HULK and SPIDER-MAN. The fun aspect of the movie comes from a pleasingly witty script, which serves up crisp dialogue throughout; some surprising plot developments (coming from somebody who never reads any comics); memorable acting performances and a freshness which is more than worthwhile. The backstory of the main character is run through pleasingly fast, in about fifteen minutes (compared to HULK's forty-five). I don't want to spoil any of the plot, other than to say that this film takes a more adult, mature approach to the material – both in the depth of emotion of the characters, in the handling of death, and in the rather violent action sequences.Said action – invariably incorporating martial arts, which is of course currently in vogue in Hollywood – is highly entertaining and the film as a whole is packed with special effects, which add to the impact rather than being really noticeable. The entire cast put in good performances, from Ben Affleck's subdued turn as the lead to the solid support of Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano and Leland Orser. Yet the most noticeable characters are Jennifer Garner as the truly electrifying Elektra, Michael Clarke Duncan as the impossibly imposing Kingpin, and best of all, Colin Farrell as mad henchman Bullseye. Farrell bags the best role in the film and really makes a meal of it, bringing humour to his psycho-schtick and enlivening the proceedings no end. The combination of the above factors serve to highlight DAREDEVIL as one of the triumphs of the Hollywood year!
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This movie was not the ordinary super hero. Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is an attorney who will only defend those who are innocent. He is also blind after a hazardous chemical accident happened when he was a young teen. Murdock is an advocate for serving justice and protecting those who need it most. Murdock was an attorney by day, and Daredevil by night.The fighting choreography in this was innovative and unlike any other. It was cool how the fact that Murdock is blind was significantly considered when developing each of the sequences to reflect how he has adapted with his other senses in order to perfect his reflexes.It would have been better if there was more of both Bullseye (Colin Farrell) and Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) in this movie. It would have added to a much stronger and interesting story.