SPOILERS FOR SEASON ONE OF DAREDEVIL AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daredevil is quite possibly the greatest superhero show ever put to screen. It is not only incredibly written and acted, but also action packed and very fun to watch.
The first season follows the story of Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox (Theory of Everything, Stardust), as he becomes the thing that he believes he must be in order to “make [his] city a better place”. His main goal is take down Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black), a man who claims to have the same goal, but goes about it a very different way. The two men are almost complete opposites. While Matt is a struggling lawyer who barely makes enough to keep the lights on, Fisk is an extremely rich man who can do pretty much whatever he wants because he pays people, including the police. Matt’s goal is to stop Fisk because Fisk isn’t actually helping the city, he is destroying it, not that he sees it that way. He thinks that Hell’s Kitchen must die before it can reborn anew. Matt wants to save the city from people like Fisk.
Matt isn’t the only one who wants to stop Fisk though. He partner in law, Foggy Nelson, played by Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect, Deja Vu), and their friend/secretary Karen Page, played by Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Ruby Sparks), also try to their part. Karen tries to help by getting in touch with reporter Ben Urich, played by Vondie Curtis-Hall (Romeo + Juliet, Chicago Hope), who is also interested in finding out what kind of corruption and lying is going on in Hell’s Kitchen. This common goal gets them into a lot of trouble with Fisk and his allies. Matt also gets help from a nurse named Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Seven Pounds), who patches him whenever he gets badly hurt.
In the end, Murdock and his allies are able to take down Fisk, but it comes with a price. Matt might have missed the chance to be in a relationship with Claire (which greatly reminded me of Oliver and Felicity in Arrow and made me a little sad because I liked them together), Karen suffers mental trauma a few times, and Ben suffers the most when he loses his life at Fisk’s hands.
Now, moving on from plot, this show can not be talked about without addressing the acting. Cox, D’Onofrio, Woll, Henson, Curtis-Hall, and Dawson, along with the rest of the cast, do an amazing job bringing the comic book characters to life. The acting is incredible, and the chemistry between the cast is obvious. When Matt and Foggy joke about being the “greatest avocados” of all time, you can see it as any two best friends joking around while a little tipsy. The cast brings the characters to life in a way that fits the grittiness of the show, but also makes it somewhat light and fun to watch.
The fight scenes in Daredevil are beautifully done and the stunt choreography is amazing. The fights look real and most are very brutal to watch. The show isn’t afraid to be graphic when it comes to blood. I’ve mentioned in a previous review that the hallway fight at the end of episode 2 is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The scene was done in a single shot.
On the note of cinematography, the show looks like it is a comic book. There are shots that are extremely similar to panels in the comic books. An example would be the last shot in the last episode of the season when Daredevil jumps off the roof of a building.
Overall, I give the first season of Daredevil a 8.5/10 stars.
DAREDEVIL Season 1 Episodes:
Into the Ring
Rabbit in a Snowstorm
In The Blood
World on Fire
Shadows in the Glass
Speak of the Devil
Nelson v. Murdock
The Path of the Righteous
The Ones We Leave Behind