Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) was blinded as a child in a freak chemical spill accident. But instead of handicapping him, the loss of sight enhanced his other senses, most notably, his hearing, which allows him to see the world that mere humans could only ever dream of seeing with their own eyes. As a lawyer by day, he helps the downtrodden find justice through the law, and when justice can’t be served, he prowls the streets of Hell’s Kitchen at night as the Daredevil and delivers justice to evildoers.
You can’t really go wrong with any story that Marvel puts out these days, especially with Disney’s recent purchase. Daredevil is an inspiring underdog story that shows the trials and tribulations a person can face, even though he can’t feel fear.
But unlike Marvel’s earlier 2003 movie version of the same name, Daredevil carries the darker and bleaker tone of becoming a vigilante superhero because of the failing corrupt justice system, which most viewers will definitely be able relate to.
But even though it may be just an excuse to add more violence into the story, Daredevil never forgets to focus on the themes that matter, such as family, friends, and the essence of what makes an action just and right. It’s quite heartwarming, actually, despite all the blood and gore.
But the best part about watching this series is how it interconnects to the small Marvel Netflix Universe that has other notable heroes such as Jessica Jones, Ironfist, and many others into a miniseries entitled “The Defenders” and is another show that we definitely recommend if you want a deeper dive into the Marvel Netflix universe.
Nothing else can be said about Daredevil’s writing other than spectacular. It borrows many storylines and plot beats from the comic books that will make you understand how this character has become one of Marvel’s flagship heroes.
We appreciate most of all in this series because they carefully crafted the backstory for all of the main characters, which is hard to do when you have a universe with hundreds of heroes and thousands of side characters. The showrunners have truly prioritized the story arcs needed to develop these characters and are more than enough reason to
Characters and acting
Charlie Cox is a delight to watch in this series with his humble portrayal of Matt Murdock. He expertly carries every scene that he’s involved him, either as a dramatic actor or as the primary driver of the action scenes.
But what was surprising is Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk, Daredevil’s primary antagonist in the whole series. People say that it’s the villain that makes the heroes look good; well, Vincent really made Daredevil shine here with an incredibly easy character to hate. And with the brilliant character development in the script, we were able to appreciate the villain more and his reasons for living a life of crime.
Daredevil season 2 also features a fan favourite comic book character; Punisher played by Jon Bernthal. Although not there for a long time; Bernthal’s adaptation of the comic book character is spot on; even earning his own spin-off show on Netflix.
Music and cinematography
The music in Daredevil serves each of the scenes well. It adds the necessary aural color for the dark scenes in the show, mostly harboring a darker tone.
The cinematography is elegant in design and heavily useful in practice. The darker unsaturated tones show how bleak the situation is for Matt Murdock every time he has to don the Daredevil outfit and fight crime.
The action scenes were gripping and adrenaline-inducing, especially when seeing Daredevil’s early episodes where the hero is still trying to gain some experience fighting thugs in the middle of a dark alley. It is unapologetically brutal as the show displays how dangerous and risky it was for Daredevil to be a vigilante as he struggled to enact justice with his fist and superpowers.
But the showrunners also knew when to lighten the mood when the scenes called for it, showing bright and neat set-pieces, usually during the day scenes when Matt Murdock is just an ordinary lawyer and is a much-needed break from the intense action scenes every once in a while.
That being said, even though this is a Marvel superhero show, we highly stress watching this show with children at your own risk as the violence in this show might relay a different message about justice.
Daredevil is a true tragedy of the Netflix list of acclaimed TV shows. With having one of its highest-rated seasons ever, it was cancelled despite its loyal fans’ protest. It is absolutely an epic retelling of one of the lesser-known heroes of the Marvel Universe and deserves to be watched at least once for every action-genre-loving viewer. You may not love the empty longing the series leaves you with when it’s all said and done, but the three seasons of high-quality episodes are definitely worth the trouble.