A dark and gritty comic book film that isn't for kids-just the way Daredevil should be
Daredevil does a great job of staying true to the comics and makes not such a well known superhero understandable to people who, well, don't know him. Even charcters in the movie are named after past Daredevil comic creators, such as Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada.
Daredevil is a frustrated, take-no-prisoners vigilante whose darkness and brand of justice rivals even Batman's-and that's the way it should be.
Daredevil follows the quest of a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock who defends the innocent by day and punishes the guilty by night as Daredevil. Matt is blinded by radioactive materials at a young age and when his boxing father is killed for not throwing a fight, he decides to pursuit a life of bringing justice to Hell's Kitchen. His quest quickly leads him into the path of the Kingpin, and ultimately Bullseye, when Bullseye kills Matt's love interest Elektra Natchios's father. Elektra decides to bring her father's killer to justice only to find out she has the wrong man.
Ben Affleck, who many thought was a wrong choice to play lead part, actually does a great job of portraying both Murdock and Daredevil. Jennifer Garner is also a good choice to play Elektra, and offers sexiness to the movie as well. The always great Michael Clark Duncan makes a great Kingpin, even though he's white in the comics. In fact, that's about the only thing that differs from the comics in a drastic way(except for the costumes, of course), but it works.
With all that said, the best person out of the entire cast that makes the most sense is Colin Farrell as the hitman Bullseye. He shines as the twisted villain and portrays him perfectly. The mentioned cosumes are different from the comics, but makes sense for the dark and gritty feel of the movie. Jon Favreu as Foggy Nelson is also a good cast choice, and offers some humor in a dark movie.
But the worst part of the movie is the playground fight scene between Murdock and Elektra. It came off as a bit cheesy, but is pretty much the only scene in the movie that isn't dark. In the end, Daredevil is a better movie than most people give it credit for.
AR's score: 4.0 stars(8/10)