Monday, May 11, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Ten

Movie: Daredevil (Directors Cut)
Release Date: 2003
Runtime: 133 minutes
Rating: R
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "In the contradictory comic-book-movie tradition of Tim Burton’s Batman, director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil is decidedly dark and dominated by a tragic, vengeful hero, effectively replicating the odd insouciance of its four-color inspiration. Daredevil, like Batman, is a relentless crime fighter who preys on evildoers to avenge the murder of his father. But that’s where the similarity ends, because Daredevil -- lawyer Matt Murdock by day -- is blind. Fortunately, a childhood accident has attuned his other four senses to an incredible degree, and he can "see" adversaries by the way sound waves register in his brain. Matt finds an unlikely comrade-in-arms in the exotic Elektra (played with leathery verve by Jennifer Garner), who’s also looking for revenge. Their common enemy is a veteran crime lord known as the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), who orders his psychopathic henchman, Bullseye (Colin Farrell), to remove these threats to his dominance of the underworld. Ben Affleck is appropriately stoic as the tormented Murdock and looks great in the form-fitting red rubber suit that is Daredevil’s trademark. He’s also very effective in expansively choreographed fight sequences that rely more on good, old-fashioned stunt work than computer-generated imagery. Performancewise, though, Affleck is nearly upstaged by both Garner and Farrell, whose intriguing characters are sufficiently colorful to warrant movies of their own. Broadly faithful to its Marvel Comics namesake and lavishly mounted, Daredevil is dazzling, dynamic, and delightful."

After seeing both the theatrical and director cut of Daredevil I have to say that I preferred the director's cut. It was just better and less vague. It's probably one of the only times that a director's cut is actually better than the one you see at the movies (that's just my opinion).
Another great thing about Marvel movies is playing spot Stan Lee, who happens to appear in a couple of their live action films.
The fights scenes were pretty awesome.
Colin Farrell was scary good as Bullseye. Michael Clarke Duncan made a really good Kingpin. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck did an excellent job as Elektra and Daredevil.

Dame Orchid

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