This weekend’s recommended NETFLIX hit is THE DEVIL OF HELL’S KITCHEN — DAREDEVIL!
I’m almost done with season 1 of DAREDEVIL, up to episode 9, and I am LOVING IT! Some fantastic acting and drama and the cast is stellar across the board.
I mean from Charlie Cox as the titular protagonist, to Vincent D’Onofrio giving a nuanced, and rounded, and haunted, and charismatic, and even sympathetic performance as the heavy, to Toby Leonard Moore as the Kingpin’s frontman and sole friend Wesley, to Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa to director/actor Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich; the casting, and the quality of writing is simply stunning.
All the actors rising to the level of the writing, which is surprisingly smart and riveting and nuanced, and I think award worthy.
And I can see it being offputting to some who expect something sillier or safer or more routine. The writing here isn’t that, it is dark and dire, and in many ways it is a story without a hero, Charlie Cox playing a damaged character, in many ways a sociopath perhaps more dangerous and delusional than those he pursues. And that tension, you’re watching a man trying to hold that line within himself, that tension runs the risk of making the title character unlikeable, but I find it perfectly counterpointed with the other stories and character arcs.
I find the story, the struggling for equilibrium and redemption, for many characters, in a dangerous world; something I would argue most among us can relate to that.
And the action in this series…. WoW! Some jaw-dropping sequences, kudos to fight cheoreographer Philip Silvera, all the stunt-men, and Charle Cox for doing a large portion of his own stunts, and of course show-runner Steven S. DeKnight (of SPARTACUS fame, who did episodes 3 through 12) and Drew Goddard (who did episodes 1 & 2).
NETFLIX continues to back home-runs. How good is DAREDEVIL? I can see it on Netflix all I want, but I can’t wait to own a Bluray full of special features and cast and director’s commentaries.