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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 · 105 minutes

Directed by Mark Steven Johnson
Written by Mark Steven Johnson

 · Ben Affleck
 · Jennifer Garner
 · Michael Clarke Duncan
 · Colin Farrell

Review by Dante

Daredevil was a movie I had looked forward to for some time now. Not because I am a comic book fan or even an Affleck fan, necessarily, but because I thought it had potential to be a great movie.

When Thom told me we'd be getting advanced screening the hype only grew. The fact that we had to wait in line for a "billion kajillion" years and got some free Daredevil posters also helped.

So, the buildup finally ceased and the movie began. I knew that, as with any hyped film, while it had potential to be great, it would have just as much of a potential to disappoint.




To those not "in the know", Daredevil is about Matt Murdock (Affleck), a man who loses his vision, gains acuteness in each of his other senses, etc., etc., etc. While Daredevil may not seem like all that new of an innovation it is, at least, not a complete ripoff of each of the different superhero movies that have come out lately.

I felt that the story was quite good considering the context and a genre that has been done over and again. However, the dialogue was very poor. I couldn't help but laugh at some of the "superhero" type cliché's that the characters spouted out.

I had worried beforehand that, if anything kept this movie down it would be the acting. In fact, this was not the case at all. I really think Affleck did a stellar job as Daredevil and seemed to be the perfect fit. Granted, I'm sure many people who are comic book fanatics will argue. But, in my eyes, Affleck probably could not have been ousted by Matt Damon himself, this time around.

I was also quite impressed with the cinematography what really helped was the score. Most of the score worked out quite well, especially during the action scenes. However, I am not so enamored by the soundtrack. There were a few songs that I thought seemed inappropriate or just lackluster for the particular scene they were placed.




The thing that really caught my eye in Daredevil was the action sequences. Filled with brilliant camera tricks and terrific movements, they were some of the best fight sequences I have ever seen in a movie. But, the wonderful camera work did not stop there. Throughout the entire film there were brilliant shots. It seems that they may have been trying to be reminiscent of the comic book in the way they made certain cuts or angled close-ups.

Though I was pleased with the action sequences, they were too much like those of Spiderman. This was my major problem with this movie: There was not much I hadn't seen before. Most of the same great camera tricks were those I had already seen in Spiderman, or the Matrix for that matter. In this manner, Daredevil did little in the way of pushing the bar.

It concerns me that this movie is too much like Spiderman. They, both, were comic books with similar superhuman stories adapted to the big screen. While the theme may be a little darker, it has some action scenes that seem cut-and-paste from Spiderman and I was hoping there could have been a little more originality. Of course, there were some scenes that stood on their own, but these were too few.



Did it live up to the "hype?" Well, sorta...I will say that it never seemed all that dull or drawn-out and it kept my attention throughout. I really enjoyed it: I loved all the characterization and the screen shots. I can appreciate the entertainment value of it, but I think there are some things that could be worked out better.

Regardless of whether or not you're a comic book fan you will like Daredevil. But, if you have yet to overanalyze Spiderman you'll probably like Daredevil even more so. Plus, Affleck was the bomb in Daredevil!

653 Words · Published: 14 February 2003

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