Blinded by toxic waster when he was a young boy, Matt Murdock has gained enhancements in the remaining senses. With his father murdered, he sees this as a perfect opportunity to fight crime and help New York City.
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This doesn't even deserve a click on my mouse, but watching it got me laid so I have to give it at least one star. I think I'd still be a virgin if I only watched Tarkovsky and Ozu films. Take that, Andrei and Yasujiro.
Pathetic superhero. Not quite Batman, not quite Spiderman. Disabled, his kingdom doesn't exceed the limits of his neighborhood and he brings to justice only the bad guys who won their trial. Rather cheap, no? Luckily the bad guys, Farrell and Duncan, are more interesting than he is. Already forgotten.
Whilst a fairly mediocre imagining of the really good comics (especially the Alan Moore ones), it is a very enjoyable movie... Every single scene is an action scene. This is one of my guilty pleasures and therefore is a 3 star movie.
To be completely fair, I think everyone should check out the director's cut of this film, which is much, MUCH better. It saddens me to know that people who hate the original probably won't take the time to see something that I think is incredibly worth watching.
(Generous) 3 - The fact that the much-touted director's cut is this fucking pedestrian almost makes me want to see the theatrical cut out of morbid curiosity. Duncan (and Farrell, somewhat) is a blast to watch, and the whole thing is mostly coherent, but it's peppered with nonsense and what seems like a laundry list of the most cringeworthy scenes in the genre. Do watch the pretty good 2015 Netflix TV series, though.
It just wants too much and want to cram 300 issues of comics into one film. I actually liked Ben Affleck as Matt Murdoch but the problem is that no characters are really that developed and everything looks half-finished. While the director's cut is marginally better and I like that the film at least represent some of the best moments from Frank Miller's comic run, it never really clicked to place. A failed pleasure.
I saw the Director's Cut and it's not great but, ignoring the fact that Marvel's realms fascinate me (for some odd reason), I relished the darker tone of this one - and, of course, the inclusion of Elektra's storyline promoted to keep it sustained.