Released to Netflix on April 10th 2015, in cooperation with Marvel Studios, Daredevil is a shining light in a world of television darkness – Marvel’s finest hour, and it’s most gritty and raw experience ever put to the screen.
Following the life and struggles of Matthew Murdock, Daredevil is an all-new Netflix original series in the world’s finest hands. Not constricted by the standard limitations of television providers, Marvel has let the blood which flows through the heart of the Daredevil comics come through in its true nature on the screen and across 13 emotional episodes will captivate you and never let you go. With true to canon writing monitored closely by actual Marvel writers, every essential point to perfect production has been met and Daredevil is nothing short of a masterpiece in plot, attention to detail, emotion and production.
From the first roll of credits, it is clear that Daredevil is looking to separate itself from the massacre that was the movie. Reaching head first into pristine production value, the entry sequence itself reaches straight into something that feels like it came from Game of Thrones, but with its own original feel. Mastered by a unique and fantastic score, audio throughout the series is as fantastic as it is effective at conveying what Matt Murdock can see. As Murdoch is in truth a blind man, exemplary audio on the part of Marvel Studios helps you connect with the heart of Daredevil. Layering depth in audio as much as visual production, master work between the two changes how we feel about a picture and will drive you into love of the series. Audio, as in other parts, would be nothing without high quality visual production, and with real and physical stunt work and some of the highest quality camera work in the history of the business, Daredevil will speak to you as an art as much as a story. It wasn’t until many episodes in that I could appreciate this work on the camera, when I realized that a 3-4 minute action sequence took place in a single camera shot. There were no cuts, and there were no retakes. The series’ directing crew is every bit as serious as the plot.
Featuring a profound, intense and morally ambiguous story, Daredevil shows the true nature of vigilante justice which operates on a blurred moral line. Matt Murdoch works his daily life as a defense lawyer, upholding the law as a young practitioner along side his years-old friend Foggy. Working out the entire first season as a prequel to a deeper series, Daredevil reaches back into the past and present in both the life of Matt Murdoch and the series’ “big bad”, known in the series as Wilson Fisk. With this reach, Daredevil does something that few series can claim to do by allowing a deep emotional connection with both the hero and the villains of the series. The first season of any series is largely a catch-up run with characters and their back story, but Daredevil doesn’t do so in a contrived way.
Flashbacks in Daredevil deserve a mention all their own. As an integral part of the first season, Marvel Studios allows us to step back in time in creative fashion, and as a series rather than a movie the past of both Murdoch and William Fisk are not drawn out. By allowing us to step back across each of the first 13 episodes of the series, Marvel works mastery over the story and each flashback. Paying attention to detail in the highest degree, Marvel not only plays with the camera to bring a true “feel” the any era, but also drives the narrative through implied details and heartbreaking realities that might not otherwise make the screen – similar to what HBO can do.
As a self-proclaimed nerd, I expect only the finest. Marvel and the Daredevil series delivers in the most intricate detail and finite attention. In flashbacks you can derive backstory to a scene based on the environment or condition of a person speaking, but it is the often overlooked information that draws Daredevil up to the highest quality. We live in a modern era, far and away from the inception of Daredevil comics in 1964, and in that era we use PCs and mobile devices as part of our every day life. In order for Matt Murdoch to succeed in his life he must be able to use this technology just as well as anyone else, and that drew a line in my mind within a few episodes. “How does Murdoch use a laptop,” I asked. He does plainly do so, despite his “disability” of being blinded. This should be a major disconnecting piece for fans, but Marvel did research well ahead into the “ease of access” tools within Windows and accessibility tools available for the blind to use computers today. My disconnection fell away within a scene as Murdoch will wear an earpiece with every interaction with the PC, as well as using a very real Braille note taking device in cooperation with his keyboard. This completion and highest quality of work by Marvel Studios anchors the most fantastic series I have ever seen on Netflix.
With the distinct lack of failure in production, Marvel doesn’t allow you to disconnect from the plot. Marvel allows you to melt into the world of Daredevil and become ingrained with its characters. Daredevil delivers as a TV-MA rated title with shocking plot twists, realistic and shocking violence that is to-the-point, and a touching connection by some of the finest actors to hit the screen. Take the time to watch Daredevil, exclusively on Netflix, and you will find your heart dropping in an action-packed and driven narrative that shows the other side of Marvel Comics. This is not Iron Man, and it is not a comedy. Daredevil takes itself seriously and it’s the best thing to hit television since Game of Thrones.