Thursday, July 9, 2015

Daredevil - Late Thoughts

I suppose you're wondering about the title of this post. Well, due to it's nature, I refused to watch the Netflix Daredevil show if my daughter was in the house. It wasn't even something I was willing to pause if she came by, I didn't want her exposed to it at all. So, it wasn't until recently that I was able to finish watching it.

I'm not a huge Daredevil fan. Oh, I had some comics when I was growing up, and I enjoyed his appearances in other titles, but I just never "got" the character. I have come to appreciate Daredevil in no small part thanks to Dave's Daredevil Podcast, but it wasn't until I sat and watched this show that I felt like I knew the character.

Putting aside the fact that I haven't seen a performance by Scott Glenn or Vincent D'Onofrio that I didn't like, I thought everyone in this show did a great job. All of the characters are fully fleshed out with backstories that inform their actions. No, we don't get to see all of these, but it's obvious that they are there, and that's just darn good writing. Each actor seems to relish sinking their teeth into the roles and enjoy being in a street level superhero show, which gives me hope for the rest of the Marvel/Netflix shows due to come out.

One problem I had was with the cinematography, mainly the lighting. OK, I get that the main character is a blind guy that fights crime at night, mainly in a black suit. However, I would still like to actually see what's going on. It seemed like this got better as the series progressed, but it was never good enough, in my mind. When you have the camera focusing on a sign, but that sign isn't lit enough to where I could actually read it, then you have failed as a visual storyteller.

That being said, and as annoying as it was, this show was really well done and I'm looking forward to the next season. Hopefully we'll see some crossover of events, other than just an occasional line of dialog, with the Marvel movies and Agents of SHIELD. I don't see it being high on their priority list, but I can dream, can't I?

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