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Moriarty Manges To See DAREDEVIL!

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

There are a number of clips from this film online now (SUPERHEROHYPE.COM has done a great job of assembling them all for you right here), but I’ve been trying to wait and be patient. I knew this was right around the corner, and so often, clips are cut differently than the footage in the actual film. Context is key, especially for character moments, and so I did my best to hold off. And tonight, my patience was rewarded.

I’ll do a short, non-spoiler version of this first, then a more detailed reaction, so it’s up to you which one you read. I loved the film. I thought it was smart, well-written, well-directed, and struck just the right tone for the material. Ben Affleck manages to make you believe in Matt Murdock, Jennifer Garner is quite affecting as Elektra, and both Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan do solid supporting work as the villains of the piece.

What makes DAREDEVIL stand out for me is the way the film focuses on the lead character and pushes almost everything else to the background. So often, these films are spectacle, giant scaled stories that feature colorful characters clashing against giant backdrops. I think that X-MEN and SPIDER-MAN both did a nice job at giving us character touches that humanized the people in them, but they are still essentially large canvass movies. DAREDEVIL is intimate, and for the first time, this movie seems to be about what it would feel like to be that person who goes out at night and faces death with little or no thought for your own safety. This is a film that plays largely from Matt Murdock’s point of view, so to speak, and as a result, it feels more personal. Another thing that distinguishes the film is how special effects are used. There are no real show-stoppers here. We see how he gets around the city, but only in a few scenes, and it always cuts back to Ben as quickly as possible. Everything is in service of the story or the characters or creating a persuasive reality. After a while, you don’t really think about effects, and that’s a good thing. Instead, you’re pulled into a story about people. And that’s a great thing.

Writer/director Mark Steven Johnson deserves much fanboy love and mainstream crossover success for what he’s accomplished here. Ericsson Core, his cinematographer, helps him create a look and feel that is essentially comic book, yet grounded in a real world we recognize. Most of this film takes place on rooftops or in back alleys, in a sort of shadow world just above or beside or behind the one where most people live. Special credit must also be given to the designers of Daredevil’s enhanced sonar vision, which is both logically functional and incredibly beautiful. We never just cut to Daredevil vision because it’s “cool,” either. It’s always meant to draw us into Matt’s world, to make us experience things the way he does. There is some bold sound design in an early fight scene at Josie’s Bar, where certain sounds rush up at us and others recede to near-silence, that gives you an idea of how Murdock might be able to handle himself amidst such complete chaos.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the relationship between Matt and Elektra. It is the heart of the film, literally. For the first time, a love story isn’t marginalized in one of these films. It’s not the excuse to shoehorn in some hottie of the moment. Instead, it is central to the idea that Matt is finding his place in the world. When he meets Elektra, it’s as if he finally finds something besides revenge to make his life worth living, and both Garner and Affleck make this work. There is genuine chemistry between them. Releasing this on Valentine’s Day is smarter than you’d think, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see an ad campaign directed entirely at the date audience, playing up these two and the heat they generate.

Overall, DAREDEVIL is one of those litmus tests for fandom. We all say we want character-oriented superhero films, movies that manage to bend and break formula and that take the material seriously, and we claim that it’s not about empty spectacle, that we want good stories first and foremost and that we would reward those films. Here’s your chance to put up or shut up. If it’s giant scale destruction and mayhem you want, HULK and X-MEN 2 are both looking like sure things for later in the year. If it’s non-stop action and physics-bending reality, then hold out for the MATRIX.

But if it’s a human hero you want, one we recognize in ourselves, one who bleeds and who hurts and who loves and who dares to face a dark world without fear, then DAREDEVIL delivers, and it promises a different kind of franchise, one I would welcome with open arms.

So... having said that... I have a few other things I’d like to say, and I’ll let you non-spoiler types take off before I do so.

Just dipping a toe into our chat room post screening, I was innundated with questions about the film, about specific characters, and about the way the film works overall, and I want to assuage some of your fears, confirm that there are things Johnson hasn’t included at all, and give you some idea of why I think the adaptation works and pays great respect to the source material.

First of all, there’s no Stick in the film. On the other hand, there’s nothing in the film that says explicitly that Matt Murdock didn’t take some time to learn from him. It just isn’t mentioned at all in this particular story. The first part of the film deals with young Matt and his relationship with his father, and then the movie jumps forward to Matt today, working as a lawyer and crusading at night as Daredevil. There’s a lot of years that aren’t covered at all, so before you go on a rant about how Johnson’s gutted the character or dropped something you loved, take a moment to consider that there’s always room in another film for him to fill in some of this detail, and he hasn’t closed any doors on that possibility.

The way the origin is handled in this film is particularly graceful. Matt’s relationship with his dad, Jack “The Devil” Murdock (played with lumpen, craggy charm by David Keith) is etched in a few scenes, but they’re precise and they show that Matt’s moral sense was the first one he honed in life. His disappointment at learning that his father is hired muscle for a mobster is what leads to his accident that blinds him, and it forces his father to step back and re-examine his own choices. His father’s eventual end isn’t played as the random act of violence that transformed Bruce Wayne into Batman. Instead, it’s the inevitable, if tragic, cost of stepping into a corrupt world.

When Matt wakes up in the hospital, blind, and has his first encounter with his new sense that’s replaced the one he lost, it’s overwhelming and disturbing, like being underwater and being surrounded at the same time. It takes Matt some time to get his bearings again and figure out how to interact with the world, and even as an adult, we see how hard it is sometimes to shut the world out. Like I said, this film puts you in Murdock’s place as much as possible, and when we see how he has to sleep in order to find some respite, it drives home how alone he really is. He doesn’t keep people at arm’s length because he wants to... he literally couldn’t bring anyone to his home because of how it’s set up. There is no secret identity or dual personality here. By day, Matt tries to put scumbags away in the courts, and when that fails, he does what he has to.

What that is, exactly, is the question that Matt has to face in this film. Early on, he allows a rapist to die in a particularly grisly manner, and there’s even a hint that he enjoys it. He claims the death as his own by leaving his “signature” at the scene (yeah, it’s a nod to THE CROW, but it’s also an effective warning and a sign that he knows the value of creating a legend around Daredevil, something street crooks might fear), so he’s not afraid to push as hard as he has to. In another scene, he beats a man mercilessly, pausing only when he realizes that the man’s son is there, witnessing it. The boy is terrified, afraid Daredevil is going to attack him, and it rocks Matt. He is forced to question his tactics and his purpose, and it makes sense that while he’s off-balance like this, he meets Elektra.

There’s a real sense of play in their introduction to each other, a scuffle that’s more about testing each other than it is about actually hurting one another. It’s one of the few moments where Affleck actually smiles and some of his trademark self-assuredness comes through, but it doesn’t come across as cocky or arrogant here. Instead, Matt comes across as someone who can handle himself in any situation, and it gives him poise. Elektra is intrigued in spite of herself, and if there’s a single classic image in the film, it doesn’t come from any of the fight scenes or any of the superhero bravado. It happens on a rooftop, Matt’s favorite “view” of New York, where he takes Elektra for a private moment on their second encounter. He tells her it’s about to rain. She laughs at first and says he’s wrong, but he explains. He smells it in the air. He feels the change in temperature. He tells her that when it rains, the sound of the water hitting things gives him a “picture” of the world... almost like he can see again. He asks her to wait with him for the rain so he can see her face. And when the rain comes and Matt “looks” at her, we see what he sees, her face defined by sonic refraction, and it’s like she’s made of diamonds. It’s achingly lovely. And when the inevitable happens and he hears someone in trouble on the streets below, he starts to leave, and she takes his hand. “Stay,” she says. “Stay with me.”

To my complete surprise, he does. Time and time again, people behave like real people in this film. Anytime anyone has a chance to get that mask off Matt, they take the opportunity. Over and over, we see Matt make personal choices. He isn’t some selfless automaton, programmed for vengeance and nothing else. Maybe on some level, he’d like to be, but he is human, and he has wants and needs, and when this chance at happiness presents itself, he takes it. It makes me like him that much more. Remember how irritated so many people were by Peter Parker’s decision at the end of SPIDER-MAN to just walk away from Mary Jane, even after she says she loves him? Well, Matt wouldn’t do that. Matt would reach out and take his chance at life. And I think it’s that human side that makes the other characters in this film respond to him and like him so much.

But enough about Matt. After all, we’ve got two bad guys in this film, and I’m sure you’d like to know a little bit about them, right?

Surprisingly, this is a superhero movie that refuses to relinquish the lead role to a villain. The first Tim Burton BATMAN could just as easily have been called THE JOKER. After all, the thing that most people walked away from that film talking about was Jack Nicholson’s shamelessly hammy performance. It’s understandable, too. When your hero is a brooding blank, then you end up drawn to the larger personality. Here, Johnson has wisely given us worth opponents for Daredevil, but he never lets them take over the film. Colin Farrell is deliriously over the top as Bullseye, and you can’t help but get the feeling that this guy is genuinely deranged. Not in a “wow, that’s so cool” sort of way, but more in a “sweet Jesus, can’t they lock that freak up?” sort of way. He’s hired muscle, brought in to do a job, and he ends up taking things personally. Kingpin, on the other hand, is all business. Michael Clarke Duncan is the very model of restraint with his performance. He is imposing, but he doesn’t play it up. He seems perfectly happy to stand in the shadows and let his plans play out, just like Wilson Fiske would be. After all, he doesn’t want people to know he’s the Kingpin, so it would make sense to be quiet about his activities. When the time comes for him to face Daredevil one-on-one, it’s a brutal fight, and it pushes the limits of the PG-13 in some ways. Johnson had to resubmit his film three times to get the rating he wanted, and there were minor cuts made here and there to tone some of the fights down, a process that SPIDER-MAN also had to go through. There’s more impact to the fights in this film, though, and there’s no feeling that punches are being pulled. If Fox lets Johnson do an alternate cut of the film for the DVD release in June, it might serve as a valuable lesson in how thin that line between the ratings really is.

There’s a lot more I could say about this film, and that is the mark of a movie I really enjoyed. I find myself eager to see it again the weekend it’s released, and I am confident that my girlfriend, who has never read a single issue of the comic, will enjoy it as much as I did. It’s the kind of film that doesn’t depend on your fandom to enjoy it, but if you get the references to a Romita or a Quesada, or if you recognize Frank Miller or Kevin Smith in their brief appearances, then you’ll enjoy it on a different level. The only people who stand to be disappointed are those who carry too much baggage in. Hatred of Affleck, near-religious devotion to the details of the comic... these things might mar it for you. If I have any complaint personally, it's about the reliance on songs instead of a score, but I understand it as one of those things that helps sell a film. I just wish the film was allowed to be a little more timeless instead of having such a definitive 2003 date stamped on it by a few musical choices. Still... that's a minor gripe.

Right now, all I can say is that more and more, that Marvel Films logo at the start of a movie is an indicator that what we’re going to get is going to be a film crafted with a respect for the characters we’re watching, a film that stands as an example of how to adapt this sort of material in a way that pleases both newcomers and fans alike. Warner Bros... DC... are you guys taking notes yet? Because you should be. Good god, you should be.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Feb. 1, 2003, 7:11 a.m. CST

    It Roooooooooooooooooocks!!!!!!!

    by rodrigo_spotorno

    Man, when Daredevil gets to Brazil, I'm soooooooooo THERE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by Chambers1977

    Dear God (or should I say Devil?), why is this one coming to Germany so late....

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by BettyBrant

    This movie sounds hella rad, I cant wait. Marvel is the greatest! I cant believe I have to wait untill the 20th of March....stupid Australia.

  • cos there is nothing worse then great films doing poorely at the boxoffice whilst crap films do well!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that great review, Moriarty. You really do need your

    by Red Raider

    Moriarty is to AICN what Pixar is to Disney!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Grando

    Valentines Day release in the UK!!!! I'm so there.... finally a dark, intimate super hero flick.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Err..... Hang on, wasn't this meant to suck almighty dick?

    by Beastie Bat

    Well children, i think we've all learnt a lesson today, no, not that Ben Affleck can wear a skin tight red costume and you still have control of your bladder, don't naysay until a film is released..... then what is the point in talkbacks? Fuck.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Damn! Thanks for the heads up!

    by nazismasher

    Could this be the genuine article? I'm still a bit skeptical - the latest ads didn't impress me and DD is not material I'm familiar with like X-Men and Spider-man - but this film just earned itself my $7.50!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised

    by Silvio Dante

    The movie Mori described doesn't resemble the one trailers are marketing. That's a good thing too. Mark me cautiously optimistic. And by the way...if Peter hadn't walked away from MJ at the end of Spider-Man, THEN I would have been disappointed. He learned his lesson, as unfair it was. Now Murdock would have made a different choice, but he, of course, is completely different character.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Well well...they made a smart DD flick. Nice.

    by KingKarll

    That will be something to see then. Affleck didn't strike me as being DD-but if he pulled it off, more to the good. Kingpin is Green Mile Man? Well okay-Kingpin was always more a Sumo looking type guy as it stands anyways, and yes we all know 'Bear' can act.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by Silvio Dante

    Talking about trailers, the superbowl spot was the best one so far. I wish I'd only seen that one, it left a lot for imagination. Hopeful imagination. The earlier trailers were sort of...hoakey. TV-movies came to mind. Is it safe to assume that's not the case. I demand more reviews, right now!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Great News

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Thanks Mori, your high points in this film sound like the same things I'd look for. The one thing that has really annoyed me in the past even with films I've liked is the way the villain is centre stage . We aren't just talking Batman either, we had Gene Hackmans Lex Luther , Superman III's Richard prior, and even maybe Dafoes cool, this is about the hero, and its about time. Incidentally from your review you might want to take another look at Unbreakable, that's also got a lot of what you would look for.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The success of this film means only one thing...

    by JAGUART

    Five more years of Ben Affleck. Anyone whose girlfriend thinks Matt Damon is sexy raise your hand.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Brass Monkey

    by Silvio Dante

    It's called Radar sense. And actually it's a bit of a cop out. DD "sees", just not with his eyes. He can't make out colours or wallpaper patterns or text etc, but has very keen depth perception. So he jumps from roof to roof a bit like bat would fly. It's not exactly sonar but that's close comparison. Plus his other sense are superhuman. Or at leat that's the case in comics.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 10:06 a.m. CST

    that guy from Memento should have been DD

    by mooncake

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by Silvio Dante

    Here I was giddy with the positive DD news and now this. This is fucked up in so many levels.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Accident or something worse...

    by Silvio Dante

    but there's AK47's fired towards the skies troughout the middle-east today. Or whenever the news reach their caves. Al-Quaeda can't belive their luck: first israeli astronaut dead and gone with 6 american infidels and shuttle lost. Sigh. Depressing. Astronauts are true heroes. High altitude seems to rule out the terrorist act, though.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Good review, but...

    by Uga

    guilty of my BIGGEST pet peeve: the misuse of the word "literally." The relationship is "is the heart of the film, literally." There is NO LITERAL HEART of a film. Sorry, forgive me the one thing that drives me up the wall.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 11:53 a.m. CST

    yay, a movie about the character...

    by viola123

    Thanks for the great review, Moriarty. This is what I've been waiting for. A comic hero brought to true life. A movie about the hero, truly, not about what he can do so much as why he does what he does. That's where the story lives. I was thinking we had to wait until "The Hulk" and it's psychoanalytical stuff, but this sounds just fine. I'm glad for Ben too. He's sure taken some heat for being DD, but looks like he's pulled off a lovely performance. I'll be seeing this when it comes out for sure. Hopefully lots others will too.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 12:29 p.m. CST

    This review makes me optimistic and I may get over my annoyance

    by IAmLegolas

    ... if it's true that the music is cr@ppy, then that WILL ruin the movie for me. I would rather have some mudane film score than a bunch of WB semi-acoustic, sensitve guy/girl rock music only placed there to sell the soundtrack to teenagers. CRIMNEY!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Stuffed Jennifer Garner

    by Christopher3

    You will need: 1) Jennifer Garner. Directions: Go ask your brother. Serves one, by which of course I mean me. So is this a decent date flick?

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I'm going for Farrell's Bullseye

    by Darth Phallus

    Looks like the li'l Irish dude might make a great assassin (who supposedly has the mutant power-remember we are in the X-men universe here too- Bullseye is a mutant with the power to "never miss". BTW, at least Mori didn't start another review telling us AGAIN just how "insanely busy" his life is and how he's just so buried...I mean congrats on the script writing job but SHEESH!!!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for this one!

    by NeofromtheMatrix

    Seriously, I think that I might enjoy Daredevil more than X-Men 2, or even the Hulk. And I'm not even a fan of the comic book! I don't think that I've ever even read a single issue. And, affirmatively, Jennifer Garner is as hot as hell.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 1:28 p.m. CST

    It's weird

    by Steal_Dragon

    There weren't anything new in his review, like in scenes. All of it could had been gotten at Superhero hype or AICN and embelished to look like an actual review, like that one guy did when he claimed he saw Spider-Man, and it turned out to be false. Oh well, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 2:09 p.m. CST

    HEY! How about a little respect here???

    by Skylord2

    Ben as DD! Jenny as Electra! Colin as Bullseye! Michael as Kingpin! But has anyone bothered to even mention Jon Favreau as Froggy??? Matt Murdock's loyal legal partner who doesn't have a dual identity? The true comic relief and sometimes tragic character?? C'mon! Jon deserves better than this! ...................... I honestly believe that this movie will be everything we always wanted Batman to be. DD is by far, one of the darkest and most intense titles ever produced by Marvel. And consistently so. Unfortunatley, it wasn't one of the titles I collected but I did keep tabs on it and always appreciated the work Miller, et al always did with it. If WB and DC want to see how a good movie should be made, they better see this one, take notes, pull out The DARK KNIGHT (also Frank Miller's handiwork) and give us a good movie. Otherwise, your big screen legacy will be Superman IV: The Quest FOr Peace and BATMAN AND ROBIN. THat's NOT a legacy anyone would want. .............................. as a long time supporter of the Space Program and someone who believes that NASA is one of the finest and best institutions ever to come out of the US Government, Today's tragedy is truly heartbreaking and sad. I was absolutely dumbfounded when I heard about it, nearly 3 hours after it happened. I flashbacked to Challenger, of course, and somehow, this loss of life was so... quiet. No massive explosion and raining debris and stupified announcing from NASA. just a long white contrail and decintegrating fragments that slowly, achingly shows the loss of 7 human beings. One an Indian heroine. One an Israeli hero. Five American heroes. Astronauts have become commonplace to Americans. The launches no longer fill us with awe and the space shots no longer seem to invigorate or imagination. We catch the launches and landings on CNN snippets and I doubt there are many at all outside of NASA that could name 5 astronauts that have flown on a Shuttle. I'll even give you McCauliffe. Our heroes are only recognized in death and then it's too late. Astronauts truly are heroes. They ride a dangerous chariot into the skies, fly thru a void for days, and then return to earth in freefall riding thru potentially fatal elements (as proved today) to land, without power, to few clapping hands and little or no fame or recognition. And all this after sacrificing years of friends, families, and personal desires to train for this important mission that will quickly be lost to human memory unless you are killed performing it. God Speed crew of Columbia.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 2:59 p.m. CST



    I was just on the Entertainment Weekly website, and they quote Brett Ratner as saying there's no truth to the rumors that he's being replaced as director of Superman. He said sites like Aint it cool have devolved into nothing but gossip mongering. I was hoping this was a rumor that would be true, oh well. He also said that Ashton Kucher gave a really good screen test for Superman, but hasn't decided who to cast yet.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Won't be seeing this.

    by EliCash

    The number one reason is I refuse to pay money for any movie featuring spawn of Satan Ben Affleck. The number two reason is I really don't care for movies based on comic book heroes. So I will be skipping X-Men 2, but I may see the Hulk because he was a childhood hero of sorts. Thanks for listening.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 5 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    "Comment: I'm reminded of that (admittedly hilarious) SIMPSONS episode involving Homer on the Shuttle, and the general apathy of the American public regarding the Space Program." Maybe the apathy will recede a bit now that the 7 Columbia shuttle astronauts are dead.

  • This sounds amazing. The focus on characters was what made Spider-man work so well. I really hope that Johnson has nailed this one.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 6:46 p.m. CST

    That's good news Mori-I look forward to it-But Blade 2 was not b

    by Tarl_Cabot

    I still think Thomas jane would have been a better choice for DD but oh well...I want to love this movie...I'll keep my fingers crossed...

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Moriarty's review

    by jorson2

    " being underwater and being surrounded at the same time." We may or may not watch or like the same movies, but there's a lot of evidence why Moriarty has sold a screenplay (or, I should say, an idea for a screenplay and received the commission to write or co-write it) and most of our sorry asses have not. Personally, I love the quote up there, and in its context all the more. I've never read a Daredevil comic and aren't familiar with most of the characters, but I've known OF the character, that he was blind and had other senses, and I used to see the Kingpin villain in the (FEW) Spider-Man comics I read as a kid. Nevertheless, I WILL see this movie. I keep forgetting it's so close to it's release date. I'm glad, though. Having seen the trailers, I don't think the look is very original, but the story interests me.

  • ie. Mori said "He's been off the project for a month now" a few posts ago. in reality (from dark horizons)Superman: Brett Ratner talked with Variety and debunked pretty much all the recent rumours swirling about both the cost and potential replacements "This [his being replaced by Michael Bay] is the most ridiculous rumor I've ever heard....They would not jeopardize pissing me off by negotiating behind my back. I'd know", a statement Michael Bay confirmed the sentiment - "This is 100% false. I haven't spoken to anybody at Warner Bros. about 'Superman'". Ratner says the $200+ million budget talk "is a lie, we won't have a budget for three weeks", and that so far "The whole hiccup here has been our search for Superman...No star wants to sign that [a long-term pact], but as much as I've told Jude and Josh my vision for the movie, I've warned them of the consequences of being Superman. They'll live this character for 10 years because I'm telling one story over three movies and plan to direct all three if the first is as successful as everyone suspects". Ratner also told E! Online that Ashton Kutcher's screen test was "very, very good".

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Whats wrong with Affleck? you all forget Dazed and Confused?

    by moose420

    You gus all rember Dazed and Confused right? with BEn affleck as O'Bannon, he was greatt in that, fuckin hilarous.It is his funniest work yet, better then y Kevin Smith film. I gotta admit he does act the same in every role, but as it occurd to you that every role is the same -Cockey high schooler-dazed and confused -Cockey Piolet from Pearl Harbor -Cockey Angel from Dogma -Cockey salesmen from Mallrats -Cockey oil guy from Armageddon -Cockey boston guy from Good Will hunting the klist goes on and on.... Face it he is the same in every role cause the roles have the same qulities. Daredevil will be the test of his acting ability in my book, cause Daredevil aint cockey, he is very different from anything Affleck has done. Even if DareDevil sucks cause of him(which i doubt) I'll still have Dazed and Confused which is his best movie by far,so funy you all should go rent it right now!!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Whats wrong with Affleck? you all forget Dazed and Confused?

    by moose420

    You gus all rember Dazed and Confused right? with BEn affleck as O'Bannon, he was greatt in that, fuckin hilarous.It is his funniest work yet, better then y Kevin Smith film. I gotta admit he does act the same in every role, but as it occurd to you that every role is the same -Cockey high schooler-dazed and confused -Cockey Piolet from Pearl Harbor -Cockey Angel from Dogma -Cockey salesmen from Mallrats -Cockey oil guy from Armageddon -Cockey boston guy from Good Will hunting the klist goes on and on.... Face it he is the same in every role cause the roles have the same qulities. Daredevil will be the test of his acting ability in my book, cause Daredevil aint cockey, he is very different from anything Affleck has done. Even if DareDevil sucks cause of him(which i doubt) I'll still have Dazed and Confused which is his best movie by far,so funy you all should go rent it right now!!

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by L'Idiot

    Moriarty writes a positive review for a film after visiting the set. I'm fucking shocked by this totally unforeseen development.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 10:02 p.m. CST

    flockin shnit

    by imageburn13

    hehe I dont care, peoeple jesus h cant you figure out that this will be suck-a-licious? for fucks sake? shitty like the inside of the toilet bowl shitty?

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 11:22 p.m. CST

    "Sweet Jesus, can

    by Rogman

    Yea!!! Nice review H!! I love Daredevil and I love Frank Miller's Daredevil. I've got nearly all FM's DDs in mylar bags. I'm wasted. Your review has made me happy and now I'm going to sleep.

  • Feb. 1, 2003, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I thought Lance Henrickson would have made a great Stick, but ..

    by Monkey_King

    maybe they shot those scenes and will eventually end up as DVD extras. We can only hope, right Mori?

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 12:17 a.m. CST

    if moriarty likes it that's good enough for me

    by Gutter-Glitter

    looks like i know what's in store for the big V-Day date..

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I never really understood the Ben Affleck hatred (Redux)

    by Ribbons

    I mean, he comes across as a genuinely likeable and interesting (and NO, I don't mean in a "he's engaged to Jennifer Lopez" way) guy, and being involved in movies is probably what he wants to do. You don't have to agree with the questions I raise or theories I pose below, but I wrote them down to either try and talk people out of their disgust for him or to let folks know where I'm coming from so they can explain the whole circus to me. Let me begin by stating that last time I looked in the mirror I was not Ben Affleck or an acquantince of Ben Affleck. With that said, please try and listen to and think about my words without just dismissing them. So anyway, why all the hate? Do you disapprove of the movies he's in? If that's the case, then I say "fuck you." I mean, he has his own reasons for choosing a role or a project to be involved with, not necessarily just to make a hugely successful flick or one that's universally praised by the pompous AICN-crowd. Maybe those things are, oh I don't know, secondary to the challenge or experience of completing the film. Who are you to tell him he sucks for working on a movie you don't like? Do you just hate him because you don't understand why women think he's hot when you're standing right there, you big hunk of man-meat, you? Is it because you think he's a so-so actor, yet he gets to star in blockbuster movies? I mean, is that all there is to it? He's just doing what he likes; why do you hate him because his fans let him keep working? If you like a girl that likes your friend for superficial reasons, should you hate your friend? If you know a guy that's loved by people you loathe, should you treat him like shit? I mean, you don't even know him, and you're in essence dehumanizing him. Or is there more to it than that? How would you feel if you were him? I'm not talking about the overall quality of his life, I'm sure he's a very happy man. But would you really understand why people want to see your head on a stick? I mean, as an actor, his job is not to act in a film that makes you jizz your pants or feel smarter than "Joe Popcorn" or whatever the hell your passive-aggressive name for the general public is. His job is to act. If he doesn't do an adequate job in your eyes, don't hate him for his extended career. Your like a fat Roman emperor feeding the least entertaining fighter to the lions. This business is all about entertainment. If you're not entertained, I don't really think he's obliged to either apologize to you or let you stone him to death. And obviously, he entertains enough people to keep himself in Hollywood. He probably also recognizes that image is part of it, but really, what do you want him to do about it? Does that make him a bad man? Does it mean he's required to spend the rest of his life trying to impress you? Good movies will never go away. If he stars in a movie you like and he's proud of and wants people to see, good for him. But if he performs in a movie that you don't like, then who gives a shit? If you don't accept it, you don't have to, but just be respectful about it and go focus on a movie that actually does entertain you. Just because you can shit all over him on this forum doesn't mean you shouldn't at least consider whether or not you really want to. Again, say whatever you want, it's your right, but I don't understand it is all, and I was hoping I could either clear a few things up for other people or they could use that information to clear a few things up for me. I was gonna say something about DareDevil, but I can't think of it now. Whatever, I'll write it out if it comes back to me. And no, I'm not Ben Affleck!

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Hmm, well...

    by PoopsMcGee

    Moriarty's review gives me a little more hope about this movie. I guess most of us will find out on Feb. 14th, eh?

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 9:38 a.m. CST

    The big flaw in your argument, ICQ . . .

    by Rain_Dog

    Is that no-one has started praising MSJ's previous films. I think we all still agree that Jack Frost and Simon Birch were pieces of shit, it's just that many of us respect Moriarty's opinion and are willing now to give Daredevil a fair go, regardless of what out previous opinions may have been. So yeah, if Ratner's Superman came out this year, and Moriarty gave it a glowing write-up, I'd probably be more than happy to take back some of the nasty things I've said about the proposed script and the very fact of Ratner's being hired to direct it. I'd still think Rush Hour 1 and 2 sucked balls though. Also, people are allowed to change their minds. I'm sorry if that pisses you off, but recanting the objections you had while a film was being made once someone whose opinion you trust has said they loved it doesn't make you a hypocrite.

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 9:54 a.m. CST

    "... there

    by riskebiz

    ... and that's because the punches are miles away from their targets. I hope the film was cut better than the trailer because the one thing that annoyed me from the trailer was the fact that it seemed like the punches and kicks were obviously far away from the targets and yet the crooks fell anyway ... from the wind, I guess.

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 7:54 p.m. CST

    bullseye looks great

    by kash_less

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 8:58 p.m. CST

    is this a fucking joke?

    by badassfucka

    dd is not will not be better than spider-man. fuck off

  • Feb. 2, 2003, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...The Man Without Fear

    by Johnny Storm

    ...and I'm out.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 2:03 a.m. CST

    did anybody see the part in the trailer where he throws his bato

    by MiltonWaddams

    that was fucking sweet.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I wanted this to be good...

    by Kid Z

    ... but Moriarty is just plain wrong at times. All indications now look to this being a MAJOR SUCKFEST judging from the following reactions at a weekend screening of comics professionals: RED SUIT WARNING This weekend, a bunch of comics pros got a preview of the upcoming "Daredevil" film. I must admit, the trailer, with its Graig-Weich style voiceover about justice didn't exactly win me over. But I've always preferred to hear about the final product. Well, according to these guys, it didn't exactly go down well. "Abandoning character" moments included Daredevil letting a bad guy die in the first twenty minutes, Daredevil kissing Elektra, hearing a crime taking place but deciding to ignore it. The scene in a park where Matt and Elektra meet is described as a bad dance number, with the rather skeevy impression that she's basically just beating on a blind man. The characterisation has been described as "cookie cutter," and there's at least one example of "unbelievable adrenaline" when Daredevil is badly injured so he's unable to stop one character being killed, but is so enraged by the death that he has the energy to cross town and take on the two major bad guys. The conclusion? "X-Men" was like "Godfather II" compared to this

  • and if memory serves me correctly - they tied. Now if I was The Flash and my claim to fame was that I ran like a motherfucker.....and then some dick comes along who can run just as fast....but oh yeah - he can also fly, punch through a steel wall, has x-ray vision, create a fucking tornado with his mouth, can melt a tank with laser vision, and can spin the planet backwards and reverse time....I think I would hang up my kicks and hang out at the local Tasty Freeze.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 12:49 p.m. CST

    David Poland questions Moriarty's objectivity:

    by jules windex

    "Don't even get me started on the big, wet kiss for Daredevil from Drew "Moriarty" McWeeney. I rspect Drew. But he's been defending this film from the day that Mark Steven Johnson got hired for the project. Perhaps that gave im vision to see in the film what the rest of we blind men cannot."-feb 3 column

  • That just bugs me everytime I see a preview for this movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Thank God

    by Randalgraves2002

    You know, I had a feeling the movie was gonna kick ass. The tone is perfect, the costumes are amazing, and Affleck looks like he's really acting now. All in all, I'd say Daredevil is gonna be a great flick, despite what all the winey fanboys are bitching about.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Why Spidey Does What He Does (And DD Do What He Do)

    by hipcheck13

    It IS about the character inside the suit. Good review Mori, but you miss the point when you talk about your disappointment that Peter Parker walked away from MJ, but DD wouldn't have. Pete walked away because "with great power comes great responsibility;" he's overwhelmed with the responsibility of the gig and saw, up close, how having a relationship with her (or anyone) can get her killed. DD would've stayed with her because he's not as selfless as Pete; further, his morality while in the red get-up is far different from Pete's/Spidey's. See what I mean? DD would've beat the Goblin to death and left him there, in his costume. Spidey stopped himself, then dropped the body off (sans costume) without telling Harry his dad was the Goblin. That's the beauty of these two characters. Pete's never really crossed "the line" while (the post 70s) DD crosses over and back, constantly.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by longtom

    Most of you have seen the scenes of Daredevil fighting Bullshit on Superhero hype. It is the crappiest direction I have ever seen, looking like some bad film made by sixteen year olds, at a comic con. Why does a simple flip and landing have to be CG? Why does Bullshit have those horrible reaction shots, that looked like someone with hatred toward comics directed him. How does Bullshit land faster than falling glass? How does Daredevil move so slowly and still manage to use his billyclub in stopping Bullshits knives? Why does the man without fear flip backward.. instead of forward? Breaking the distance between himself and his target.Who came up with this trash. The man without fear... not the CG man without fear. It would be more dramatic to try to do as much of the effects with an actual person. Even if it means scaling back some of these effects. The acting in every single one of those preview trailers suck. Everyone seems to think they have to act like comic book characters. This film is full of shit. Just because it is a superhero movie does not excuse bad directing, acting, dio, staging.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 7:05 p.m. CST


    by Azimeir

    What is the big problem with Ben Affleck? What is the big problem with Micheal Clarke Duncan? Jennifer Garner? Colin Farrell? Jesus was written as black in the Bible and is depicted as white all the time, you don't hear black people always bitchin' about that. MCD is a fine actor that fits the role better than anyone else that they cast. Who would you want, Arnold? I hear T3 is going to win him an Oscar.

  • Feb. 3, 2003, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Milton the guy he pulls with the baton is Bullseye.

    by screenplaywriter

    Bullseye says something, but Daredevil has no time to talk so he flicks out the rope and wraps it around his neck and pulls him down.

  • Feb. 4, 2003, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Supernova, thank god you are gone

    by Brian_De_Man

    You whine to much. Take the review as a review. I consider his opinion just as much as I did TTT. Who really will remember you anyways?

  • Feb. 4, 2003, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Longtom, comic-book films don't need any explanation for things.

    by screenplaywriter

    So, what if Daredevil's flips are CGI, or when he's jumping, or whatever. So, what if Bullseye's reaction is poor, he's a deranged assassin he's suppose to be nutty and cooky, and "he's the guy who never misses". If you tried and flung a knife, or a piece of glass at somebody and you missed you'd probably feel like shitting your pants yourself. So, just accept the movie for what it is.

  • Feb. 4, 2003, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, Mori, but I still have absolutely no confidence in th

    by Blue Devil

    I've been lead astray too many times by AICN reviews. I still remember that mess Shaft that Harry loved so much. I went to that just based on this website and I'll regret that decision for the rest of my life. Also, I can't help but take with a grain of salt any review by someone who LOVED The Two Towers. Nothing personal, Mori, but how can people not see the HUGE faults in those films? People bag on the Star Wars films for their lack of character development, but remember, we've already seen 6 ours of LOTR. By this time in the original trilogy, Jedi had just ended. We had been introduced to Luke, found out who his dad was and his sister. Han had been captured and saved, with he and Leia declaring their love for one another. Lando had betrayed and then saved them, etc. Most of The Two Towers was spent with people walking around. I'm sorry, I just don't get the love for that movie. Yes, I will see Daredevil. But I will reserve judgement until I see it.

  • Feb. 4, 2003, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I actually WANT to see this movie now!

    by YourOlympicHero

    People who bash movies they have not seen can KISS MY OLYMPIC ASS!

  • Feb. 4, 2003, 8:55 p.m. CST

    just saw it

    by calexico

    Hi. I just saw this film It looks, feels, sounds like it should it be on Tuesday nights on the WB. There are genuinely funny scenes, all very Kevin Smith, but the rest just had me shaking my head. Go see it if you really like Fuel/Saliva/Puddle of Mudd or whatever crap they set the entire movie to.

  • Feb. 5, 2003, 6:47 a.m. CST

    daredevil sucks

    by bertsback

    fuck daredevil hellboy rules

  • Feb. 5, 2003, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by SoulReaver

    Man, you gave me that feeling back... it's because of your postings that i love this site thank you a lot!

  • Feb. 5, 2003, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I'm there Mori...

    by Johnny Ahab

    ...thanks for the review. I was very nervous about this film from Day One, but your set reports, your passion and respect for the material, and now this review have completely won me over. I'm a Daredevil freak (my favorite title in the Marvel canon) from way back -- like 60s Stan & Gene Daredevil, in which Matt/DD were more footloose, high-swinging and less tortured than Miller -- but the Miller re-invention was truly great stuff too. I'm not gonna get all bent out of shape if they don't nail all the Miller stuff, because over the arc of 40 years, the character has changed back and forth. I'm sure it will have some flaws, I'm sure it won't be 100% what I'm hoping for -- but I can tell you that I will feel the same sense of excitement and wonder as I sit in the theater two weekends from now, the same sense I felt going in to "SPIDER-MAN": Holy FUCK, I'm seeing "DAREDEVIL" on the big screen!

  • Feb. 6, 2003, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Even Kingsley "Needsa" Nefarious Sidekick

    by JarJarJr

    And who wouldn't be better than Jar Jar Binks himself as the wacky evil minion sidekick to Kingsley's sinister kackle. Of course, since this is Thunderbirds, Jar Jar must be a marionette. Everything else can be groundbreaking CG -- except Jar Jar. "Thasa gooda plan sah Hood. Meesa thinks International Rescue no can stop you now. Ooh, cooba fish..." Sigh. Some virtual entities should never have been conceived. Get me some marshmallows, lighter fluid and another talk back thread... Oh yeah, Daredevil. Should be cool.

  • Feb. 6, 2003, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Even Kingsley "Needsa" Nefarious Sidekick

    by JarJarJr

    And who wouldn't be better than Jar Jar Binks himself as the wacky evil minion sidekick to Kingsley's sinister kackle. Of course, since this is Thunderbirds, Jar Jar must be a marionette. Everything else can be groundbreaking CG -- except Jar Jar. "Thasa gooda plan sah Hood. Meesa thinks International Rescue no can stop you now. Ooh, cooba fish..." Sigh. Some virtual entities should never have been conceived. Get me some marshmallows, lighter fluid and another talk back thread... Oh yeah, Daredevil. Should be cool.

  • Feb. 6, 2003, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Speaking of terrible mounds of shit...

    by JarJarJr

    Reminds me of the time I spent imagining I was sitting right next to Harry as he told us of his emotional experience seeing that cinematic wonder Armageddon. Here comes the tears...

  • Feb. 6, 2003, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Feb 14 can't come any sooner

    by SM Shadow

    DD will kick arse on V-day and I'm definitely excited about this movie.

  • Feb. 7, 2003, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by SM Shadow

    Yeah.I've seen that happen before.I will have to kill myself if Shanghai Knights or Kangaroo Jack-Off beat out DD in the box office.

  • Feb. 7, 2003, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Enhance your viewing pleasure

    by Bill Froog

    . . . with the new Anti-Affleck Glasses

  • Feb. 8, 2003, 11:43 a.m. CST

    To see, or not to see?

    by where_am_i

    I'm a secret fan of these comic book heros, but i've got to admit i've never even heard of daredevil. The actual story sounds lame, a blind dude who jumps around with amazing accuracy wouldn't get me normally, but with all these brilliant marvel films at the minute (spiderman x-men) i think i'll end up seeing it, if they can sort out the rating...

  • Feb. 8, 2003, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that would be cool to see a "DAREDEVIL" SPECIAL EDITION" o

    by screenplaywriter

    I feel kind of disappointed for the director because he had to trim his film because of a little kids in the audience. No little kid knows who Daredevil is, because they've just been born a few years ago, or have never read a comic in their life. Daredevil is a teen-adult-more-related comic. It's dark, gritty, and violent, but it brings humor to it. I mean I like what Mark did with this. He made Daredevil question his values. "Should I kill this piece of shit? Or let him rot in a prison cell?" I mean if you were a crime-fighter, or cop would you think the same also? I hope they make DVD versions of a more tougher, more gruff Daredevil because I know I would buy it.

  • Feb. 8, 2003, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by fettitular

    I have an informant inside the fox studios. This guy is the real thing i'm tellin ya! MAJOR SPOILERAGE!!!!!!! IF YOU DONT WANT THE MOVIE RUINED THEN DONT KEEP READING!!!!!!! TURN BACK NOW!!!! Ok, you ready for this tastey little treat? Jennifer Garner gets BOTH of her tits cut off in this one! Yah, you heard me!!! Not one, but BOTH of them fab tatas. You heard it here first.

  • Feb. 8, 2003, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I'm so surpsied no one has mentioned Affleck's a huge DD fan fro

    by neomanrex

    This isn't somone who has no idea who the characters are. If you read the foreward affleck did for K. smith's run on DD you'd see he really knows the characters and was a fan first, Which is why he really wanted to do the role...It wasn't that he was so much recruited it's what he wanted, I think it will show through in his performance that this means more than collecting a paycheck for him. And all the hate affleck things have no actual bearing whatsoever. " He was in movies I don't like...SATAN HE IS"

  • Feb. 8, 2003, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Yo, fettitular what is your obsession with cutting off boobs?

    by screenplaywriter

    Are you some wack-ass serial killer that jizzes everytime he cuts off a woman's breast?

  • Feb. 9, 2003, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Moriarty is full of shit!

    by Nibbs

    Jesus Christ, this guy actually has the balls to bash the first Batman movie. As if that weren't blasphemous enough, he actually says that a movie about a second-rate super-hero starring BEN AFFLECK is superior to Batman! Did I miss something? How did this guy get a job at AICN? Since all of you are so brainwashed, let me share a few other things with you. X-Men and Spider-Man were not good movies. They weren't TERRIBLE, but they definitely were not good, and Spider-Man sure as hell does not belong in the top 10 grossing films of all time. I haven't seen DareDevil yet, and I probably won't. You know why? Because every super-hero movie that Tim Burton hasn't directed has licked balls. I guess that's why Moriarty likes it so much...fucking ball licker. I think those involved with DareDevil studied Batman and said, "Okay, this is a really great film...what can we do to fuck it up? I know! We'll make a movie about DareDevil, one of the least popular super-heroes, and we'll get Ben Asslick to play him!"

  • Feb. 9, 2003, 6:06 p.m. CST

    One more thing...

    by Nibbs

    I just wanted to add that I only come to this site for the rumors and actual news. I still read several of your reviews, of course, but I find that you losers like absolutely everything. Did you ever hear of objectivity? What about catering to people who really want to know which movies are good and which ones are not? I'll give you some help. If it's a movie based on a comic, you have to start PROVING that it isn't going to suck. Batman and Batman Returns (although to a lesser degree) and the Crow were really great movies based on comics. There simply hasn't been one since. Joel Schumaker is raping the Batman franchise. Spider-Man looked like a high-tech Power Rangers movie. X-Men was decent...but not memorable in any way. Captain I really have to say anything else? P.S.'re complete losers. You don't appreciate films, you just like movies. That's all that you guys are, losers that live in shitty trailers that like absolutely every form of moving picture, regardless of it's quality. Fuck you.

  • Feb. 9, 2003, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    While Burton did a good job of directing the first two movies, the 'Batman' franchise had its own problems. I might get flamed for this, but I think that the first two Blade movies were better than the first two Batman movies. Also, the reason that Moriarty and Harry like the majority of movies that they review is because they only review the movies that they're interested in seeing (for the most part). Also, some of the films they've been ambivalent towards never see their own reviews because people on this site don't see the point in writing them. And not everybody on this site thinks that 'Spider-Man' was a "supermegamasterpiece;" it definitely had problems, especially with the script, but in its defense, I think Koepp nailed the notes he was supposed to, and if anything, Peter's walking away from Mary Jane at the end was something that both the movie and the audience "earned," so to speak. I didn't like it that much, and it definitely doesn't stand up to repeat viewings, but there was enough set-up and payoff for you to understand Peter's character arc. And Sam Raimi did exactly what he set out to do. Those that criticize the rooftop scene between Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe, well, I don't know, but I have a feeling the look was intentional (maybe not, but I think Raimi would've realized how ludicrous it looked if every fanboy with a computer did). I actually thought it would've been really cool if Sony had the Spider-Man DVD cover Warholized to match the tone of the movie, but hey, whatever. (Slips on flame-retardent suit). OK, I'm ready now.

  • Feb. 9, 2003, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    I mispelled retardant. Guess I'll need an extra suit...

  • Feb. 10, 2003, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by Lorenzo_2003

    I hope Ben is paying you big bucks because you're quite the cheerleader =D Anyway I don't hate Affleck although he's much like Bruce Willis for me: I just can not take him seriously. Maybe it's the constant smirking or the never ending glib remarks in every movie, but whatever it is it's like he's constantly reminding me that he's in a movie, he knows he's in the movie, and he just happens to be talking while someone starts filming. Never once do I lose myself in his *ahem* performances. It's like with this DD movie . . . I know when I watch it I'll be thinking "oh there's Ben Affleck pretending to be blind. Look, he's now pretending to fight." Great actors, even well known ones can still make you forget who they are for at least a couple hours. But I do give him some credit for being a DD fan even before this film opportunity came up. But nah, I don't hate him and I don't see why anyone would feel that intensely about him either. And please people, drop the J.Ho references. Seriously, she is not all that and it makes me laugh when someone accuses others of disliking Affleck because he's boffing P Diddy's leftovers.

  • Feb. 10, 2003, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Not going to see this....

    by Crowe66

    I dont want to see DD and you should either if you followed the comic. Since when is Kingpin a muscle bound black guy? In the comic hes just a huge white bald guy...Bullseye, well where is his costume? DD looks decent and Elecktra ok but damn man get the villians right. I would have wanted to see it if they kept it like the comic, why is that too much to ask. MAKE A MOVIE JUST LIKE THE COMIC DONT CHANGE STUFF DAMNIT!!!!

  • Feb. 11, 2003, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Just a Spiderman rip-off only fan boys will like

    by DeFiCaToR

    Title says it all

  • Feb. 11, 2003, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I can't believe anyone will like this trash

    by Turandot

    Just saw it. It's the absolute worst peice of trash to hit the screen in a long time. The script was so awful, the reviewers around me couldn't stop howling. The direction is unwatchable (think Russel Mulcahy on steroids), and the acting is beyond bad. Affleck has to be the most boring actor ever. And Colin Farrell... overacting is too faint a word to describe that thing he does with his eyes ALL THE TIME!!! The ONLY redeeming merit of this crap comes before the film starts: the trailer of X-MEN 2!

  • Feb. 11, 2003, 4:48 p.m. CST

    DareDevil and any other reviews on here

    by Undine

    I have only started reading this site, and all of you guys make me want to watch the movies (or only watch them to see if they really ARE as bad as stated :P).... It is so hard to get someone to tell me what happens in parts of the movies... I am always met with "I don't want to tell you! It'll ruin the movie!" Well, I say, damnit, ruin it for who?? Not me! jeez... Thanks, guys... you know how to ruin a good movie so that I want to go see it... heh. so there. on all of ya. neener. U.

  • Feb. 11, 2003, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Just saw DD

    by mreeez

    I would give the film a solid ***. My only complaint is that it seemed a bit rushed at the end. It is a darker comic film that we are used to and I would even venture to say that it is darker than the first Batman. It kind of reminded me of Spawn in that way, and others watching it with me got the same feel from it. Also, what is all the griping about Ben Affleck. Affleck was the bomb in 'Phantoms'!

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Saw the movie! It was amazing! SPOILERS! SID

    by Sid Kibbitz

    The directors have decided to go an all new approach to this one, using such successful formulas we have seen in BAT-MAN AND ROBIN and PLANET OF THE APES! Throwing out the comic book adaptation and still do things in a refreshing unoriginal style that keeps you guessing. You are kept on the edge of your seats wondering if you

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 6:27 a.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT! I just linked to this from Rotten Tomatoes! WAY TO GO

    by CoolDan989

    Not sure about seeing Daredevil, though, might wait until The Hulk...

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 11:07 a.m. CST

    i saw it and it sucked--moriarty is in trouble here.

    by manofelt

    this is one terrible film. my audience was howling at times at the preposterous script--especially the last line. i walked out of the screening room shocked at how bad it really was. there are gaps in logic and character development that you could drive a truck through. the screenwriters and editors should be embarrassed. affleck was flat as a pancake. there are some cool visuals and the fights scenes are decent, but no amount of action could overcome the huge flaws of this film. moriarty's reputation is in seriously peril over this one. this movie will be panned (with great predjudice) by every serious reviewer out there.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 1:27 p.m. CST

    This movie has made me stop caring entirely about internet revie

    by Doc_McCoy

    The ads for the film look atrocious, we all know Affleck is a terrible actor, yet somehow, with all the positive reviews showing up on this site, I foolishly allowed myself to think this movie might have a chance of being good. From here on out I have officially stopped giving any weight whatsoever to any sort of review I read about a film on the internet. This film is TERRIBLE, just as I should have known it would be. The action scenes are horribly directed (complete with awful special f/x), the dialogue is laughable (I literally laughed out loud about a dozen times when I'm sure I wasn't supposed to), and the acting is dreadful. The one bright spot in the film is Jennifer Garner who not only looks great, but her presence greatly improves every scene she's in. She has that star magnetism that makes you think we'll be seeing a lot more from her in the future. Do yourselves a favor and do not go see this film -- I don't want to have to suffer through another ad campaign for the sequel.

  • Feb. 12, 2003, 3:35 p.m. CST

    "for the first time"

    by Parlo

    About the elektra and daredevil relationship he says something like 'for the first time the love story isn't marginalized in a comic book movie.' Um, didn't he see SPIDER-MAN? Or even BATMAN RETURNS? Both had very satisfying central romantic relationships. Bizarre. I'm still worried this will be B-A-D.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night...

    by ThePoleOfJustice

    ...and I have this to say: you CAN NOT like this movie and hate either BATMAN AND ROBIN or GODZILLA. It's not as obnoxious as B&R, but it's just as disjointed and poorly scripted. I'm not one for bashing stuff outright, but this is honestly one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Seriously. Case in point: a character gets kneecapped...which is painful, right? So how does that character spend the rest of the scene? ON HIS FUCKING KNEES! Guess they stopped hurting real quick. This isn't just an oversight, people, this is uncut ineptitude.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Big Fucking Yawn..................................

    by Doc Cock

    A light bulb has come on and I have come to the conclusion that if it doesn't involve CGI or a comic book/graphic novel character/s you dreary lot are not fecking interested, look at all the other topics on this web page, some have only about 10 posts.......but god almighty if it's about which dysfunctional dumb ass leather clad joyboy superhero is the best then your crawling all over each to get your tuppence worth of drivel printed on the least 90% of the comments I read are absolutley crap.......and I mean laxative level crap..... sorry but that's what I think......rather than "choking your chicken" every night over these comic book characters, get out more, take up a wee hobby, but don't and I mean don't rip your knitting over these films......because like buses another one will be along in a minute.........And I fecking guarantee you when it does it will be just as bad as the last one, and you'll all be sitting at your keyboards typing...."this actor is crap","that costume ain't right", he's a wank director", "its not like the book"...............just get a fecking grip.......arrgh......just get a grip alright! Ta Ta.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Just saw Daredevil

    by Woofbacca

    It's X-men quality! Beautiful and true...nuff said.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Man, that sucked

    by andrew_gross

    Bad movie. Bad plot. Bad stunts. Bad dialog. Moriarty is on probation. He may have contracted Harry's disease. For him to be this off on a movie this bad is pretty troubling.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Watchable, however...

    by oneragga

    Missing Key elements for greatness. Too much CGI; for $15 mill and barley any CGI, Crouching TIger, et al, made their stars fly around and kick a whole lotta arse. If they were trying to keep it "real" and got the extra $$ to do so, be a little more inventive w/ your Hong Kong boys. Also, MGD as Kingpin was done a disservice. Kingpin was a REGAL asskicker. In the CB, you got the idea that he was conflicted as the Kingpin of crime, and was madly devoted to Vanessa, his wife. MCD could've played that if given the shot. He was cast because he was the best actor for the part, right? I was cool w/ that, however, why then was his race played up from his intro? "Hip hop blaring as the camera crept up the building." Not the most color blind way to get started. Editing was a bit shoddy, and the fight scenes were dark, and sometimes confusing. However, at least watching them, I believed that DD could jump amidst a bunch of punks and use superhuman senses to whup arse. I just wished for a clearer visual representation of same. Which is why it's hard for me to criticize Johnson for the picture, yet hard to support him at the same time. I saw the passion for the story and the characters; unfortunately, I also saw his lack of experience with such a large scale project. Having him work in tandem with a director of talent AND experience (hell, co-direct the thing) may have been a better option. It's like me directing Spider-man: I've loved the character for 30 of my 33 years, but other than shorts in film school, don't give ME $100 mill of your hard earned money, I haven't built the body of work yet to handle that kind of thing. Superman and to some degree Spider-Man worked on a massive scale of success because the filmmakers had reverence for the material, and made it so. The Blade films worked IMHO for the same reasons as well; X-men to a point. I hope DD gets a second round, because Affleck worked for me, Bulleye and Foggy were great fun, and with the right attention paid to character development, Kingpin could REALLY be a force to be reckoned with, and Elektra could've been someone you REALLY cared about. And I think these characters deserve that. They DON'T deserve a "meet cute on the playground fight" ONE person watching thought "HOly shite, maybe this could be that guy, get on the phone with Channel 7 news?" There's a BLIND guy flipping around in public trying to kick the crap out of some chick, for the love of Mike. Overall, a good first effort, that needs some serious tweaking for the sequel..which it does deserve.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 12:04 p.m. CST

    LXG? - what gay-ass thought of that!

    by MartianManhunter

    I've already said what I wanted to say about the DAREDEVIL crap-shoot on Harry's Page. Moriaty is a jerkass anyway, everyone knows that, I refuse to read the review. I just wanted to say that the BEST part of DAREDEVIL was the X2 trailer. I nearly jump through the roof when I Cololussus. NightCrawler has always been my favorite. But then the LXG - MY GOODNESS PEOPLE, I've SEEN BLADE and JAMES BOND, but I didn't know they both got drunk and did the notty to produce this regurgitated crap. The trailer made me want to gouge my eyes out! Bottom line with Comic Book movies is - HOW GOOD IS THE DIRECTOR? Spider Man - Sammy Boy, Xmen - Brian Singer, HULK (I'm going out on a limb) - ANG LEE, These are quality films. Daredevil - Micheal Steven Johnson - who is this Ass? Blade2 -Guelmaro Del Toro - who the F*#& is this guy? I know his brother but.... -thanks for reading this! mm

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Thought it kicked ass.

    by Jack Burton

    Never read the comic so I don't know, nor care, what changed and what didn't. What I know is the characterization was good, the plot was a bit too rushed, and it had a lot of memorable scenes. If you are on the fence check it out. The reviewers are trashing it, the fan boys are trashing it, but I've come to the conclusion most critics are fan boys anyway so it's a catch-22. The visuals with Matt's sonar work very well. The CGI is kept to a minimum or at least unobtrusive. The fight scenes are all well done, especially the choreography on the playground. The acting was fine across the board. In some ways I liked it more than Spider-Man. It is a more grown up film. By the way, The Hulk looks absolutely terrible. How anyone can praise that freaking trailer is beyond me. I'm sure the non Hulk scenes will be great but that CGI is so obvious there is no way to suspend disbelief.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by Evil Chicken

    Bang! Zoom! Daredevil is one of the finest comic adaptations EVER MADE. Ben Affleck IS Matt Murdock. He effectively breathes life into a tragic 4-color hero. Damn fine performance! There is no doubt that being DD HURTS both physically and emotionally; just the way it should be! Watching Colin Farrell is an incredible hoot. This guy must have had a blast making this flick. He chews up every scene that he is in and relishes every moment. I've never seen an episode of "Alias," but Jennifer Garner is great in the role of Electra and, an incredible hottie to boot. Michael Clark Duncan has been wonderful in each roll that I have seen him take on. The man is the Kingpin. I can't wait to see how they/he further develops his role in the future. The filmmakers had a respect for the source material and the love shows. Kudos to the director, Mark Steven Johnson and to the writers for making the fantastic as realistic as filmmakers can! I loved the fanboy touches that they put in the film. The guy with the pen in his forehead is FRANK MILLER! The names of the boxers that Matt's dad fights will ring a bell with fan boys as well and, of course, fanboys will recognize who the guy in the morgue is, as well as the man that young Matt saves from stepping off of the curb. BTW don't leave the theater before the credits are over... you just might miss something. Excelsior!

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 1:11 a.m. CST

    That was one wicked awesome movie

    by HumanTorch

    I personally thought that Daredevil was one of the best if not the best comic book movies ever. I could care less about superman movies, the first Batman was great and spider-man had its moments. X-men and X-men 2 are/will be great. but this movie just delivered, i loved it. stay through the credits for a nice surprise, it probably helps i'm a colin ferrel fan also, i thought he was a great villan, he kept growling the whole movie! and it s set up for a sequel already! do yourself a favor and see this movie. -torch

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by slaterc3

    Has AICN sold out? Did Ben Affleck pay Moriarty, Harry, Quint, and Alexandra DuPont to gush all over this movie? How can they ALL love what is obviously a very mediocre comic-movie? I can't prove that this site is owned by studios now, but there's no chance I could ever trust a review from any of the writers here (not that I ever have before). Actually, I usually skip through Harry and Moriarty's prolix drek, and dig right into the talkbacks.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 6:41 a.m. CST

    You guys suck cock

    by raizok

    .. I thought this was pretty good and showed a great appreciation of its subject matter. I give it three thumbs up and the forth one is up Moriaty's ass for a good review.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 1:43 p.m. CST

    R-Rated DareDevil = ...

    by NickFoley

    Just another bad R-Rated movie. Affleck sucked, Gardner looks like a guy. The irish prick sucked. And MCD deed a good job. Although I remember him been so happy and all smiles. X2 will kick your ass