The only prior knowledge I had of Daredevil before watching this was the 2003 Ben Affleck film. I have never been into comic books and have never read anything from Marvel or DC or Stan Lee but have always liked the tv and film adaptations. The Flash and Arrow are the two currently on weekly that come the end of the series I will blog about but Daredevil was very different.
It was a lot more serious than The Flash and Arrow. I find them to be fun to watch but not particularly gripping like Daredevil was. With all 13 episodes being put on the Netflix at the same time I managed to get through all of them in 3 days which is a testament to how good it really is because the first 4 episodes of Game of Thrones series 5 were leaked and I haven’t watched any of them yet. The only downside to that is that I will have to wait a long time for season 2 now and I don’t really want to.
The casting is fantastic. I have never seen Charlie Cox in anything, don’t really know much about him and it took a few episodes for me to like him as Matt Murdock and Daredevil but he progressively grew on me and in the last 3 or 4 episodes in particularly he was amazing. The same goes for Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk. I gave him a bit of a hard time for his role in Mall in a previous review and similar to Cox when he first entered the show it seemed an odd choice and not a particularly great one but he also grew on me and really shone in the final few episodes. Elden Henson as Foggy is the most relatable character and one who gives the show the much needed bits of light-heartedness and comedy. I actually thought one of the best characters was James Wesley, played by Toby Leonard Moore. He reminded of King Joffrey in Game Of Thrones, I just hated him but then when he died I was actually kind of sad he wasn’t in the show anymore.
The only criticism I have of the show is that the story sometimes takes jumps from episode to episode rather than small steps. It does keep every episode original but also lacks coherence sometimes. Having said that after one episode finished I always struggled not to put the next one on straight away and that’s how I got through episodes 7-13 in the same day. It’s rating on IMDb currently is 9.2 which is uncommonly high but is very well deserved as it was an exceptional opening series. Despite nothing being confirmed for a second season I can imagine there will be more to come and I am already looking forward to it.