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Friday, 10 April 2015

Daredevil: Into The Ring


Within three scenes - the pre-credit sequence - you know we're onto a winner with Marvel's latest adventure in television.

Daredevil's first episode opens with a flashback to an in media res telling of Matt Murdock's origin story (saving an old man from being run over, lorry crash, toxic chemical spill, blindness et al).

This is followed by adult Matt (Charlie Cox) going to confession as a good Catholic boy, but actually seeking forgiveness for what he is about to do, and then we switch to costumed Daredevil beating the snot out of a gang of people smugglers at the docks.

And boom! We know all we need to know to get a handle on the character, and the opening credits roll (very stark and reminiscent of Black Sails).

Allusions are made to The Battle Of New York (from The Avengers) and story revolves around the reconstruction of Hells Kitchen in the wake of "the incident"

Unlike anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, we immediately realise that Daredevil is dark, brutal and gritty - as befits a show about the exploits of a street-level superhero battling gangsters and organised crime.

Fresh out of law school, Matt and partner Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) have just opened their law firm and their first client is Karen Page (True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll), secretary at a construction firm who has been framed for the murder of a colleague after she stumbled upon proof of shady dealings.

Realising that Karen is being discredited rather than killed, Matt discovers that she has kept the information about the criminal transactions (on a flash drive) and decides to get hold of it before the bad guys come for it.

The show's treatment of its gangster class is superb, from the multi-national gang representatives meeting in a half-built tower block to the "we don't mention his name" approach to Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, who we don't even see in this episode, even though his presence is felt throughout.

The requisite fight scenes in Into The Ring are a delicious ballet of choreographed violence, while the montage of criminality that closes out the episode (and sets up Matt's sophomore outing as Daredevil) help cement this pilot episode as about as near perfect as you can get.

Daredevil is exciting television on its own merits, but also a brilliant adaptation of the comic books, that makes me grin like a teenager again, reading the Frank Miller Daredevil tales in black and white British reprint magazines.

I'm going to have to restrain myself from simply watching all 13 episodes in one massive binge session - as it's going to be a while before the next Marvel/Netflix team-up comes along (AKA Jessica Jones).

5 comments:

  1. Glad to hear it is well done. I can't wait to see this when I get home!

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  2. The second episode has a climatic fight scene, maybe one edit (close up of a black shirt). Probably inspired by "Old Boy".

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  3. We watched the first one online tonight.

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    1. Hope you're enjoying it as much as I am!

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