“Daredevil” Dares to Defy Expectations

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The title card for Netflix’s “Daredevil.” Graphic Credit, Marvel

“Daredevil” has the best writing out of any show I have ever seen.

In 2015, Netflix released the first season of the show “Daredevil,” the series now has 3 seasons, with 13 episodes each.

Based on the Marvel Comic by the same name, the show follows a man named Matt Murdock played by Charlie Cox, a blind lawyer who moonlights as the vigilante named Daredevil.

Season 1 is about Daredevil’s origin and his fight with a mob boss in Hell’s Kitchen named Wilson Fisk also known as Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. Season 2 is about Frank Castle, or The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal. Season 3, which came out this year, is about Fisk’s return.

The best part of the show is the characters. The casting choices and the acting are on point. The actors all portray their characters so well. One character in particular stands out, Ray Nadeem, played by Jay Ali. Ali’s performance is outstanding and I would say his acting produces one of the best supporting characters in a few years. His performance as a good guy in a bad situation is perfect.

A problem that often plagues comic book movies is that they are unrelatable. The characters are basically unbeatable, you know they’re always going to win, and there is little suspense. “Daredevil” doesn’t have this problem. The show always keeps you on your toes and you never really know what’s gonna happen.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see a show that isn’t completely predictable. The directors also do a good job at grounding the protagonist. They show that he is human, that he isn’t an over-powered, unbeatable hero, while simultaneously showing how awesome he is.

Another great thing about the show are the villains. They aren’t one dimensionsional “evil man is evil” villains with no depth or developement. They are fully fleshed-out characters that have motives and feelings.

You know a villain is good if you find it hard to disagree with them. Vincent D’Onofrio’s performance as Fisk is fantastic. On top of looking the part, he plays the character well. Not many people can fit the role of someone as cartoonishly large as Kingpin.

Another great part of the show is the writing. It is absolutely fantastic, and it only gets better with every season. The story is full of twists and turns and you never know exactly where it will go. It is some of the best writing of any show I have ever seen.

Season 3 is easily the best. The villains get the most depth, the cinematography is the most impressive, the characters are more likable, and you relate to everything so much better than in any of the other seasons. The show is the most grounded in season 3.

You can’t really fully praise this show without talking about the cinematography and choreography. The way the scenes are framed or set up is excellent. Some shows choose style over substance, but “Daredevil” goes above and beyond for both. The show also frequently has long takes where they go impressively long periods without a single cut.

The most impressive example was in season 3, with a 12 minute uncut scene with action, dialogue and visuals. Additionally, the choreography is great. The action and fighting is realistic, but not so much that it’s boring. I’m sure that anyone who has seen any modern action movie is no stranger to cuts so rapid you can’t tell what is happening. For example, the 2014 Liam Neeson movie, “Taken 3.” It’s refreshing to be able to see what’s happening in a fight scene without having a seizure.

I recommend this show to anyone who even moderately enjoys movies or TV shows. Although the show is dark and graphic at times, it isn’t over-the-top. Anyone who can handle seeing some blood or dark themes will enjoy this show. I think the only people that won’t enjoy this are DC elitists.

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