The Masked Reviewer has a warm spot in his
heart for movies dealing with the plights and perils of his masked
brethren. While Daredevil's mask isn't as nice as the Masked
Reviewer, he does have his own appeal.
For those of you that have been
waiting with breathless anticipation for Ben Affleck to play the role of
a superhero after being in such megahits as Armageddon, The Sum of
All Fears, and Good Will Hunting, fear not, faithful viewer!
Affleck plays Marvel Comics's' blind lawyer vigilante -- Daredevil.
But you probably already knew that.
Rounding out the cast are Michael Clarke Duncan as the Kingpin, Colin
Farrell as Bullseye, and "Alias" star Jennifer Garner as Elektra.
Jon Favreau is in it, too. There must be someone out there who
makes their movie going decisions based on whether Jon Favreau is in a
film. I mean, there are billions of people in the world, so it
goes to figure that there's at least one person (not including Jon
Favreau himself) who will go see a movie, no matter what, if Jon Favreau
is in it. It doesn't matter how prominently he's featured, just so
long as he's on screen. Maybe not even on screen, maybe they can
cut him out completely, but there's probably someone, somewhere, who
will go plunk down their ten bucks to see a movie even if Jon Favreau is
mentioned in the credits. I'm not saying this is someone in
America, necessarily. It could be some remote region of the world,
like Greenland or France. It might be Jon Favreau's mother.
But if that person is reading this, they'll want to check out Daredevil.
As for those of us who don't make our decisions based solely on the
Favreau Quotient, here's what you should know. It's a superhero
movie. If you loved Spiderman, you might like Daredevil.
He's more like Batman than Spiderman. If you loved X-Men,
you'll probably like Daredevil. It stays fairly true to the
comic, so if you enjoy the comic, you'll more than likely enjoy
If you don't care for superhero movies, you probably won't care for
this one. It's not top-rung comic movie, but it is enjoyable.
It is a bit darker than most comic movies, both literally and
figuratively...some of the scenes were too poorly lit to see the fights.
Nothing new or especially well done in the special effects department
here either, although the "Daredevil Special Power Vision" effect was
Some people might be offended that the white lawyer (Affleck) beats
the successful black businessman (Duncan) in the end, both literally and
figuratively. The filmmakers could have been trying to show yet
another example of the white man keeping the black man down, but then
again, maybe they were celebrating the heroic efforts of the visually
impaired to overcome their handicap. Or maybe they were trying to
say that just because you're blind doesn't mean you're colorblind, and
that all blind people are racists. The Masked Reviewer doesn't
All in all, it's not a bad diversion; Affleck is unlikely to win best
actor for this one, as he's not the epitome of tortured vigilante, but
he's okay. But if you love Jon Favreau, you won't want to
miss this one, because he's in it.
Expectation from the Title: The Evil Kinevil biopic. Not
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Nice): The costume brings out Ben Affleck's eyes. Too bad he's blind.
The Pros: Jon Favreau lovers rejoice! For the rest of
us, it's a nostalgic ride for comics lovers, and a light action flick
with a happy ending. Jennifer Garner is in it, and she's a babe.
Very sensitive to sightless people's issues, so if you're blind, you
should definitely go see this.
The Cons: It lacks some of the humor that other superhero
films offer. It's rather formulaic. Jon Favreau isn't
featured enough for his biggest fans.