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The Masked Reviewer

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 Daredevil.

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 nice. 

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 know. 

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 even close,

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. 


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