Daredevil thrills & entertains from the shadows.

Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.

After showcasing on our TV screens with the middling Agentís Of Shield, Marvel have now opted to try the On Demand route, in partnership with Netflix. The first of which being Daredevil, a reboot of the ill-fated movie, only this time itís actually surprisingly good.

Our main protagonist is introduced to the audience in the same way many other modern day superheroes are; a young child is involved in a tragic yet defining moment in his life - saving the life of a stranger and at the same time losing his vision.

But in a strange twist of fate or karma depending on your belief, the boy is gifted other abilities in exchange for his loss of sight.

The show then skips to the future, with the story being centered around the neighbourhood of ďHellís KitchenĒ in Manhattan - no, not the cooking show Iím afraid, though an angry Gordon Ramsay would indeed be a delightful addition - Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who moonlights as the vigilante Daredevil and his best friend from law school Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) are both aspiring lawyers - brimming with the ideology of turning around the city they love and grew up in, one case at a time.

Whilst on a particular case for their newly established firm (Nelson & Murdock Attorneys At Law) they meet the beautiful yet flawed secretary Karen (Deborah Ann Woll), who agrees to work for their business in exchange for the services it provides. The story of Daredevil revolves around these three characters and their quest to improve the city for everyone around them.

On the flipside we have Wilson Fisk, brilliantly portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio who encapsulates the iconic crime boss to a tee in both looks and mannerisms - forever accompanied by his trusted aide and confidant James Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore). The relationship the two have is very important in the choices and direction of what fate ultimately has in store for Wilson. Although Wilson and Daredevil may indeed by polar opposites in terms of actions, they both hold the same belief of changing Hellís Kitchen into something better.

Wilson unfortunately, has a very different concept of how to make this reality come to fruition. And this is brilliantly backed up by the history they both share; having been raised in the neighbourhood, with only a fork in the road diverging their past causing the distinct people they have now become. Building Wilson through the backstory with his father, in direct comparison to Matt's is fantastic - the best villains are those you come to understand and actually feel for their plight.

The writing within Daredevil is extremely strong, with all of the characters staying within their defined ideology - every character in this show can be understood and liked. This is very rare for a TV show, allowing Daredevil to remain consistent throughout its 13 episode run - youíll always be wondering and wanting to find out what happens next, along with the life and growth of so many of the characters all at the same time - resulting in a very entertaining and exciting ride. You never have that horrible feeling you get in many shows, when you ask Ďwhy is he or she doing this?í.

Matt especially has a down-to-earth feeling, and you never really think of him as having superhuman powers - this allows you to connect and understand his journey, with each episode adding to that story of growth and learning.

Thereís one particular fight scene early on in the series involving Daredevil and a Russian gang that really is quite special. Itís all filmed in a single take, with the camera weaving in and out of the hectic action. Taking place within a single corridor of the gangís hideout wherein Daredevil is searching for kidnapped young child.

You really have this feeling of being part of the action. The constant flow of the scene accompanied with the movement from one room to another, creates an aura of not only excitement but unpredictability. I just wish there were more of them, as it was a stylish shot not replicated down the line.

Ultimately the linchpin that holds Daredevil together, is the rivalry between the aforementioned and Wilson Fisk. Both men filled with the same strength and determination, based on the ideology of changing the city they love. Their constant battle through the series plays out both internally and externally and it really is quite riveting. The ghost of each of their fathers lingering in the dark recesses of their minds reminding them of what they once were, whilst the other part of them is transforming them into who they must eventually now become.

That battle internally is a mirror image of the on-screen struggle and it soon becomes self-evident that only one part of this persona can survive. Who will win the race to become the person capable of doing what is necessary, and will they be able to live with whom they have now become?

Daredevil is quite an amazing journey of constant transformation between both characters and storyline - culminating in the inevitable self fulfilling prophecy of the final battle.

If you have Netflix and are at all a fan of Marvel or heck even a good story - Iíd highly recommend Daredevil. With its slick action and dark narrative itís sure to please. Now we just have to wait on tenterhooks for season two!

  • Review by
    Michael Robinson

    Posted on
    29th May 2015

  • 4 Out of 5 Stars
  • Strong characters

    Incredible fight scenes

    Interesting and rich backstory

Film Info

Daredevil - Netflix Daredevil (Series 1)
Rating: 15
Medium: Netflix
Episode/s: 13
Creator: Drew Goddard
Starring: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Leonard Moore & Rosario Dawson

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Although the content is about superheroes and the Marvel universe, it's far more mature. Involving scenes of brutal murder, drug use and more scenes unsuitable for children.

The first of 4 new TV series planned in partnership with Netflix, culminating in them all appearing in 'The Defenders' mini-series at their conclusion. The series takes great inspiration from comic author Frank Millers' run with the Daredevil comic.