Review

DAREDEVIL review

Published at: Feb. 13, 2003, 7 a.m. CST by headgeek

All of the fanboys of the world, all the film geeks of the world and all those doubting Thomases need to purse up their lips and kiss Ben Affleck’s perfectly formed ass and then promptly dine on their own words, because Ben NAILS Matt Murdock and Daredevil.

Not since Christopher Reeve nailed SUPERMAN has an actor so beautifully captured the image, soul and charisma of a character drawn from the pages of comic books. This isn’t just any DAREDEVIL either… this is Frank Miller’s Daredevil. The smiles at Foggy, the cockiness and charm of Matt Murdock and the grim determination and vengeful hate for the criminals that plague Hell’s Kitchen… it is all there. The pain and agony of a hero that knows pain and agony. God, what I’d give if Warner Brothers could realize Batman this well.

Remember the Tim Burton BATMAN? Of course you do. For me, Batman was never as perfectly Batman as he was after his opening scene with those two crooks on the rooftops of Gotham. Even that was played broad. The crooks were extremely hammy up there, it was never really played real, but hyper stylized. Here… Here in a red leather suit and smaller horns… DAREDEVIL easily kicks both shins of D.C. and Warners’ BATMAN and says… “Catch me if you can!”

In comics, Batman and Daredevil were separated by logos in the top right hand corner of the comics. D.C. and Marvel. Both had their greatest issues written and drawn by Frank Miller. Both were remarkable human specimens that trained their very human bodies to the peak of human endurance – and in Miller’s hands… both suffered.

Is DAREDEVIL perfect?

Well, in many ways yeah. Daredevil is. Every last bit of Daredevil and Matt Murdock’s character is note perfect. I might wish to have seen Elektra drawn a bit clearer and elaborated upon oh and in her clingy crimson cotton or silks. I might have wished that Michael Clarke Duncan’s Kingpin fought a bit more Kingpin-ish. I very well wish I could have seen Daredevil fighting Stiltman and The Owl… but ya know… For what I did see, I’m pretty damn happy.

Why?

Because BULLSEYE is an absolute delight. Colin Farrell relishes the screen like Robert Shaw’s Grant in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE with the homicidal glee of Martin Landau’s Leonard from NORTH BY NORTHWEST and a tad of Tommy Lee Jones’ Ryan Gaerity in BLOWN AWAY. Watching Bullseye work is to watch a man bored by the lack of challenges in the world and utterly impressed with his own expertise. You can tell he’s grown weary of killing people in pedestrian everyday sort of ways. He’s seen them die a thousand times, but what if they died by paperclips, peanuts, canes, panes of glass and playing cards? Ahhhh, therein lies the satisfaction and joy… the artistry of a master-killer and his art… the death of those before him. He is a lethal egotist. A man that with each toss expects a loss. It really is something to behold. His swagger, his brogue… and strangely, even that absurd scar on his head grew on me. It feels like he’s saying, “Come on, Hit me with you best shot… I said, Hit Me with your Best Shot… FIRE AAAAWAAAAAAAAYYY!!!”

Because Foggy Nelson is the best realized comic book support character and friend ever. Nobody ever nailed Jimmy Olsen or Perry White or Flash Thompson or Alfred or Commissioner Gordon or Dick Grayson or Barbara Gordon or Casey Jones or April O’Neil or on and on and on. I mean, this is absolutely Foggy Nelson. The Plus One in Matt Murdock’s life. That happy go-lucky always slightly clueless, always amusing, always heartfelt, always a little out for number one. Foggy Nelson. The pleasantly plump cynically delighted barrister in waiting… the support to a superior lawyer, always slightly perturbed that a blind man could find better women than him. And Jon Favreau nails it. Hammers the railroad spike through the heart of the part.

And mainly because I love Ben Affleck’s Daredevil/Matt Murdock! Ben brings so much more to this character than he has to his other work. It is like he knew that people would be drawing comparison’s to the Guy Pearce’s and the Matt Damon’s and the Edward Norton’s of the world. People that have never played the role, but whom everyone and their brother said, “Should’ve.” When Ben grits those teeth in that cowl, it just makes me giddy. Watching that knowing smile peak out when he’s playground tangoing with Elektra… I giggle. Hell, just when he’s walking down the street after a bad night and day, and he smells Elektra, hears her high heels and senses her presence and pauses… before we know it is her, he does, the look on his face cues her revealing. It’s just… well it is just perfect. Watching him remove that tooth, pop those pills and lay in that ‘coffin’. Watching him use that club in the subway for a Sonar ping to define the room… well, damn, what can I say… it gave me geek wood. I never saw that, heard that in the comics. It was that extra dimension that film gives, like when Gandalf bumped his head in Bilbo’s home… one of those… OF COURSE smacks to the foreheads that made me say, “Duh, how come I never thought of that!?!?!?”

How’s the romance between Daredevil and Elektra? Well, personally the best comic romance drawn on screen is still Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Keaton in BATMAN RETURNS. Second is Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in SUPERMAN 2. DAREDEVIL comes in third. Why third? Because it needed more time. I know, folks would have preferred more Kingpin and less Elektra/Matt… but frankly… this is where I take a radical left turn and begin levitating away from what I feel will be the mainstream reaction.

To me… This particular story is about Matt and Elektra. Oh sure, the center center is Matt Murdock and his struggle with his own sense of right and wrong, but the key. The key here to the soul of this story is Elektra and Daredevil. To me, Kingpin fighting Daredevil could have waited for the sequel. Hell, if it had been up to me, Bullseye never would have pulled a Bond Villain and filled in all the missing pieces before offing ol hornhead. I would have left Kingpin a mystery. A figure still in shadow, a fight yet to be had. I would have loved a scene of Daredevil and Elektra prowling the rooftops at night dishing out their vengeance as deadly lovers would. That initial dueling in the playground was a nice cute tango, but these two bathe in bruises and blood, it’s what makes them whole in their incomplete lives. It is that hunger, that quenching that brings them together. Broken souls that happen to fit. We see hints of that, but Elektra didn’t fall for just Matt, she fell for Daredevil too.

The key here is when Bullseye pulls a John Doe on Dee-Dee, that’s where Daredevil pulls the punch, where he “Isn’t the bad guy.” That is the moral sense of right and wrong, not a truncated flaccid Kingpin battle. Now, I might not feel this way, if… IF Daredevil’s fight with Kingpin had been worth a shit. Watching Fisk struggle to press Ben Affleck’s what… 210 lb frame above his head… Shit… Kingpin could clean and jerk 3 Afflecks with a Damon ta boot. Seeing him toss hornhead across the room was better, but I needed to see ol chrome-dome hurl a safe or a desk or something heavy and insanely viscerally deadly and blunt at him as a follow-up.

These are quibbles. Problems that won’t keep me from returning this Valentine’s Day to see it. Nor will these problems keep me from attending an early morning screening on Tuesday with my nephew – who is a Marvel Maniac at the moment.

The key here is that once again MARVEL has a damn fine film on their hands. They’ve yet to hit absolute perfection. But they’re tickling it. They’re getting damn close and damn good. This film is brutal and it has soul. The characters resonate and delight. They are keeping it real and have kept from making it comic or cartoon. They’re striving for realism and humanity amidst the superhuman and that’s what separated Marvel from D.C. in the Sixties and have kept them out in front for so long. These are legends drawn amidst the tragedy of our world, in the cities we know, with problems we have. We are truly in the Marvel Age. Excelsior!

Readers Talkback

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  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:08 a.m. CST

    tee hee

    by akutz

    first baby : ) Does anyone know the status of the Ghost Rider movie?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Woo hoo!

    by Heleno

    Roll on tonight so I can see this! Although I didn't know you had barristers in the States. As I am sitting in a barristers' chambers at the moment and avoiding working as such, this is well exciting.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah AICN. Keep promoting Daredevil, it is truly worthy!

    by Mister McClane

    Great to see everyone at AICN praising the delight that is Daredevil. This is the way superhero movies should be made. I saw the film last week at a press screening and thought it was note perfect, apart from the rock songs (which after 30 secs or so after each one kicks in, I didn't mind so much) and a little of the character CGI. Why don't filmmakers get someone from Cirque du Soleil to do the stunts? They could do it, and it'd look fantastic. Anyway, apart from those two gripes, the film is superb. Matt STAYING with Elektra when she asks him to rather than fight crime - I've NEVER seen that in a comic book movie before. Brilliant. The bloody mess he's in at the beginning. Captivating stuff. And that final shot taken straight from the cover of the new comic series drawn by Joe Quesada (I think?), written by Kevin Smith, billy club coming out towards camera in a beautiful swirl. Gorgeous! I cannot wait for a sequel, and just a final note, I think there will be one green-lighted this weekend, because I predict Daredevil is going to take in $40million. And it's also opening here in the UK this weekend as well, with LOTS of publicity over the last two weeks, so it'll get close to $10million here (hey, not much maybe, but there's only 55million of us Brits!) Rejoice True Believers.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Woo-fuckin'-Hoo

    by JimmyRabbit

    This movie sounds great! too bad we Dutch people have to wait till March 20th. How I hate Holland, except for one thing, you know what they put o french frites in Holland; MAYONAISE, yummie

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah

    by JimmyRabbit

    And we have Rutger Hauer, Paul Verhoeven AND Jeroen Krabbe!!! P.S. Fuck Jim Broadbent

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Em.....

    by JimmyRabbit

    and offourse anal loving Famke Janssen

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Watched it last night and enjoyed it alot, although someone in t

    by Coatsy UK

    ...i must add the "sonar vision" looked amazing. The first time we see it in the hospital is genius. It totally helps the viewer define the intricacies of Matt's "sight" - good film, alot better than i expected...

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 8:46 a.m. CST

    going to see it tonight and wait in line in the cold hope its

    by jon-e-blaze

    worth it

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Not since Christopher Reeve...

    by As You Wish

    I can understand how exaggeration can be used to make a point from time to time, but when used to an extreme in every review Harry writes, I just can't bring myself to believe any of it anymore. Christopher Reeve was a great Superman. But I thought Hugh Jackman's Wolverine was dead on, too, and guess what? So did Harry: "Hugh Jackman is a god in the film. He is WOLVERINE." And for my money, Hugh's Wolverine is a better performance than Christopher's Superman. I'm glad you get excited about these things, Harry. But in your haste to produce a review, try to actually think about what points you want to make. Definitive statements like the one above do not serve you well because they saturate every reader's frame of reference with superlatives. I can't get a bearing on where you actually stand.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Harry, your omission of JK Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson...

    by Hobbitastic

    in your list of supporting characters that never quite hit right goes duly noted. He nailed it.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9 a.m. CST

    Go to this link for the 'comic version' of the movie's last shot

    by Mister McClane

    If you go to this link you can see the comic cover I mentioned earlier. It's where they got the very last shot of the movie's inspiration from. For those lucky enough to have seen the movie already, see what I mean? http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp?aid=273378&item=307956

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Wow, Harry really dug this one

    by Terry_1978

    One down, two more to go, old boy. I do agree with them keeping the Kingpin battle until a sequel....give MCD some more screen time in that one as more of an on screen menace for DD.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Getting raves here...

    by Kid Z

    ... and completely PANNED everywhere else. However, a lot of the reviews I've read in mainstream outlets such as Entertainment Weekly have that "Okay, enough already with these comic book movies, we've gotta bash the crap outta this one to put a stop to this nonsense" feel to them. Plus, they know NOTHING about the character of Daredevil or comics in general. However, I'll have to go see DD myself to decide what my view is. Hope it's good...

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Lucky Pierre

    by Heleno

    Are you French? Cause that whole french accent thing is kind of over the top. And while you may get DD late, you get other things early - some of which the States doesn't get at all. I was in Paris for a year a coupla years back, and had the enormous privilege of seeing Beowulf, with Christophe Lambert, and Breakfast of Champions, on the big screen. if any of you feel like finding a challenger for the Worst Film of All Time spot, you could do worse than check those out. With fodder like that, no wonder you occasionally have to wait for screen time for a little film like DD.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Ah, comic book movies and Benatar references

    by Trav McGee

    Like peanut butter and jelly. (?)

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Comic Books Suck

    by WilMac1023

    And I know I'm going to get trashed saying it, but I've never ever read a comic book that had any sense of imagination. Look, I know you all love them, but I just don't see the point. I can't use my imagination, since the pictures are drawn for me. I can't get into the story because all of them boil down to good guys beating up bad guys. Don't start telling me about motives and things like that either. Batman is created because his parents were killed...boo fricken' hoo. Superman gets sent to Earth, and his parents are killed. Boo fricken' hoo. Daredevil is blind. Again, boo-frickety-fricken hoo! X-Men are mutants and can't fit into society. AGAIN, BOO-FRICKETY-FRICKEN HOO!! WHO GIVES A CRAP? Give me a good novel, song, movie...ANYTHING but comic books. They're for children with no imagination. You all need to grow up.

  • I mean, I liked BLADE II, it was a diverting enough enjoyment, but no way in Hell's Kitchen was it as good as Harry et al. made it out to be. Feeling similarly guarded about this one.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10 a.m. CST

    that's it, these AICN reviews are bogus

    by manofelt

    the emperor has no clothes. this is a terrible, terrible film by anyone's measure and the real critics reviews in the paper tomorrow will prove me right. i have completely lost faith in this site's ability to give accurate pre-reviews. it seems it's more full of sycophantic gushers and/or the industry is using mole reviewers to hype their own crap for their openning weekend bonanza. people, seriously, if this was a real blockbuster, why is coming out now? not the summer, not the big holiday crush--but the dregs of winter--why? to bury this really bad film and stack it up against "old school" and "cradle 2 tha grave." i have seen this film--and i have no agenda--and i love the daredevil comic book series--and i and nearly every other person at my screening was shocked at how bad this film was. AICN reviewers are a joke and they will be exposed for the frauds (or just unfortunate sould with really bad taste) that they are. save your money.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:04 a.m. CST

    How Many Times Do I Have To Bitch About the Music?

    by CHEWBLACCA

    Overdone and pointless.I would have given DD 4 stars,if it weren't for ALL THOSE SHITTY POP SONGS.As it stands,I only give it 3.Still,I dug it.Very faithful.Music aside,it's only real shortcoming is trying to squeeze too much into too short a movie.I don't want to be any more specific and spoil it for those who must wait.In closing:B-Af was the bomb in Daredevil,yo!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:10 a.m. CST

    OH YEAH - One More Thing...

    by CHEWBLACCA

    SERIES.A TV sreies.That would really be the way to go with DD.That would allow for some serious character development.To see Matt Murdock's life open up and unfold like Clark Kent's in Smallville would be pure joy.I'm sure there are many sequels to follow DD,so this probably won't happen.But wouldn't it se swell if it did?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:12 a.m. CST

    MAUS was good, ok, fine...

    by WilMac1023

    ...that was a good one. But I have tried the "Alternative" comics you described, and just couldn't get into them..."Road to Perdition" was AWFUL, I got 3/4 of the way through and threw it across the room. My problem with comic books is that there simply is no subtext. I know I'm going to get trashed again, but "The Dark Knight Returns" was silly, angst ridden crap. If comics have a message, they beat you over the head with it. But, yes, "Maus" was very good. Thats been the only one I've liked.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Hmmmmm

    by DannyOcean01

    Yes well, these are the best realised characters and the most realistic villains and blah blah blah, until the next superhero films comes out. Tune in next time when we'll bring you X2 with the best realised characters and the most realistic villains.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:33 a.m. CST

    This is getting troubling...

    by Turandot

    Now Harry says he liked it? This is getting very troubling. Have you all completely lost your sense of judgement? Can't you see anymore a really BAD film when one stares you in the eyes? DAREDEVIL is so bad, it snot even be a matter of personnel taste anymore, just plain awareness. Besides, the fact that such a right-wing, fascist, reactionnary movie get praised by young, intelligent Americans says a lot about the sad state of things in this country. Depressing.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Lucky Pierre

    by Heleno

    If you are French, je m'excuse. My french is rusty, but OK. And I lived on Avenue de Breteuil. Which was pas mal du tout. Say hi to all those lovely shiny UGCs and Gaumonts on the Champs Elysees for me.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I think it's funny...

    by General Sarcasm

    how most reviewers seem to think the rest of the audience they see a film with think exactly what they do. On a related note, I believe the reaction of the audience around you really can affect how you view the movie. I saw TTT three times in the theater and the first two times, practically the whole audience laughed at Gimli's jokes, the third time I saw it was pretty much complete silence for 3 hours. It's hard to laugh when nobody else is.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...

    by Johnny Storm

    The Man Without Fear will OWN your ass!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Johnny Storm

    by JediJustin

    You dumb twit. How could anyone own our asses when we all know that STAR WARS has owned our collective asses from day one.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Lucky Pierre is a root...

    by Human Tornado

    ... although it may get tired really soon. I can't believe some of you guys actually believe he is french... Is Daredevil online already? Still a month to go down here, so I'll Kazaa it down and see if it's worth my hard earned money.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:36 a.m. CST

    HeadGeek kept it in his pants...

    by PoopsMcGee

    ...but still managed to jizz quite a bit over the movie. I agree with the TalkBacker who said that Blade II was a good film, just not as good as Harry made it out to be. I expect the same of "DD." Apparently, the main problems are the music, abbreviated fight scenes, and cramming too much into one movie. I think I can live with that, and I hope the DVD release offers a director's-cut.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Superman

    by jimmychitwood

    How'd Harry miss the Lara Flynn Boyle as Lois Lane scoop?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Comix for Non-Comix People

    by FrankCobretti

    Before I launch into the body of my message, two quick notes: 1) Pierre, if you want to convince us you're French, try to keep the accent consistent throughout your posts. Even then, you're in trouble, as the non-English speakers tend to have better grammar and sentence structure than the native speakers. 2) Daredevil doesn't capture my imagination, but with reviews like these, I think I'll check it out. Did anyone else see Michael Clark Duncan on The Daily Show last night? Hilarious! ----- OK, now that that's out of the way, I'd like to say that I, too, consider myself a non-comix person. Sexually confused men beating the shit out of one another just doesn't do it for me. Watchmen didn't work for me, either, because it assumed that I, the reader, was sufficiently engaged with mainstream comix to get the satire. That said, I agree that Maus is brilliant, devastating work. The only other comix that have captured my imagination have been Gaiman's "Sandman" series, which are a moving, profound, adult achievement. Pick up "Preludes & Nocturnes," the first volume of the series, at your local comix store. If you're not hooked, I'll eat my hat. BTW, I'm always up for suggestions regarding other good comix, so if you have a favorite, let's hear it!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:56 a.m. CST

    "I have shown him that a man without hope...is a man without fea

    by Nordling

    I love the comics, especially BORN AGAIN which still stands as my favorite of Frank Miller's work (yes, even over THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS). Can't wait for the film. Oh yeah, and if it ends up sucking? Guess what. I'm gonna go home, look around, and realize that although I'm $7.50 shorter, EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT. (Typed in sarcastic font) Yeah, Harry's so bought and sold on this. By the way, Harry, where's my check? The rent is coming up. (End sarcastic font) Give me a break. Can't win for losing with some of you. I'm still trying to figure out why many still come here when there's just so much Internet porn to exploit. Me, I click on it because I enjoy the writing here. I suggest lightening up, or short that, self-flagellation.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Excelsior Indeed!

    by Anita Hummer

    Harry is right on to gush so about the Marvel Mythos being brought to life on the big screen. Our parents looked askance at us as kids for reading comics and didn't really understand it. The fact of the matter was that Marvel Comics taught us literary concepts, advanced morals, and introduced us in many cases to the complications of our young emotional lives. They did this through characters with depth and stories that had resonance beyond the garish pages of these rags. This is a sign that the trailing edge of the baby boom generation are now gaining control of the country and the stories that in many instances shaped our lives as youngsters and young adults. Sure, they were men and women in tights and spandex but they were cool above everything else and that sense of cool that was portrayed by Stan Lee and company combined the ennui of the WWII generation with the revolutionary spirit of the 60's in a way that will have resonance for years to come. I for one look forward to these franchises continuing with the same level of quality that has been demonstrated in the recent releases from Marvel Entertainment. More later, Goldboink

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Harry,You Tub Of S**t.

    by RedFive

    DD and ben affleck is no where near as perfect as your making it sound.People who love comic book movies are gonna be disappointed when they read your ass licking review then go see DD only to get a weak story,crappy acting from the main arrogant star and characters who dont look like or capture the true magic of the comic.I hate fans who except major changes in comic book movies cause the hollywood director changes the true origin to fit his so called weak vision of the character.MSJ is so full of s**t i hope he gets rejected and feels like DD is batman and robin cause its a film is not much better.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:33 p.m. CST

    OK, AND NOW FOR SOME REAL REVIEWS FROM REAL CRITICS AND NOT GUSH

    by FuckFrance

    "The problem with DAREDEVIL is, regardless of the glut of PR hype, Affleck doesn

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:48 p.m. CST

    AICN award of the day goes to... Nordling...

    by Moe Syzslak

    For being one of the few thoughtful posters here today. This site is losing some of it's luster, I fear, and I don't think the blame falls squarely on management's fault. Some of you posters are just lame. It's almost cutting and pasting the same shit in every talkback. This site blows, Harry's an asshole, blah blah blah. If you really hate it, go beat off with the other dopes at facer.net, and don't come back.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Anyone see Ben on Leno last night?

    by General Sarcasm

    Man, what a pompus ass! The funniest thing is that 90% of the time when you could tell he was trying to be funny, there was dead silence from the audience. His MCD impression was kinda funny. Damn that Dave Chapelle is one funny bastard though!!!!!! I liked when he gave a shout out to J-Lo after Ben mentioned that he forgot to.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Bennifer Lopaffleck.

    by General Sarcasm

    See what I did there? I took parts of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and merged them together. Now bow down before my giant brain because I am so smart!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Just seen it

    by JacksonsBane

    Got back from the preview. I loved it! There's something for everyone in the film: decent action, some good laughs and even a Dawson's Creek type cheesy love story. That wasn't my fave part of the film, but hey it's in there for the girlies (just kidding!). Affleck hams it a few times but is pretty solid. Bullseye made it for me. I WANT a Bullseye movie. I just love this guy. When he took out the Granny on the plane, well I was in stitches. Good movie.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Old media critics hate super-heroes (apart from Jonathon Ross, i

    by Mister McClane

    I have to say that Owen Gleiberman in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY basically trashed the movie because Ben Affleck is in it, and because it's a super-hero movie! I get the feeling there are movie critics out there who are fed-up with super-hero movies, and are deliberately trashing Daredevil because they don't want to see any more. Well Marvel haven't screwed up yet and don't think they will. So Owen Gleiberman and his pathetic critic buddies might as well shut the hell up 'cause the public always does what it wants to - hell, look at Titanic!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I feel very lucky

    by KONG33

    as a fan. beautiful review, Harry. I hope your nephew has fun!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Bullseye

    by General Sarcasm

    I'm a little rusty when it comes to Bullseye. Does he actually have any "super" powers or is he just a regular guy with good aim?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're losing our respect here (what little we had for ya

    by Eugene O

    >shudder<...

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:13 p.m. CST

    SAW DAREDEVIL AT CITYWALK - AM I THE ONLY SANE PERSON HERE?

    by Hagrid1

    Now that I've got your attention, I was VERY underwhelmed by the movie I saw. Not to say there's not anything to like - the elements were there. Ben is good as DD, and the rest of the cast is great, particularly Colin and Favreau. The look of the film was good, the costume works... but I felt like what I saw was the cliff notes. The origin of DD's powers were great, but then the voiceover kicks in and fills in most of the blanks. I hate expositional voiceover, and it felt lame. I would've rather them spend a few extra minutes, and have Stick teach Matt his skills, rather than have him train himself. And then the stuff with Elektra - so what if her dad gets killed? You never even see the two of them together to develop any kind of emotion. And that 'tango on the playground' as Harry calls it - it made Jennifer Garner's moves look slow. The action scenes were over done (the best one is where Colin takes out Elektra's father - good stuff - a great origin). I never felt any sense of geography - I could never tell what was going on (yes, the gist of it was that he's fast and can kick ass, but we still aren't familiar enough with DD at this point - I want to see how cool he can be). And I agree - Kingpin should've been left out and saved for a sequel, because his character REALLY gets the shaft here. This movie needed to be fleshed out more to do the comic justice. It felt rushed, and no one was given a chance to breathe and be human. Matt was the most developed, but come on - that answering machine message from his 'girlfriend' breaking up with him, and explaining what's wrong with him? Bogus. Bogus. Bogus. Too much talking about information, and not enough showing. A let down. I really wanted to love it.

  • can hit anything he aims at somehow. He might be a mutant? It would be funnier though if all things were attracted to him and everything hit him...more fitting but sucky to be him. Harry seems to have gone a little far and needs to control his praise levels. Gush over TTT okay, but gush over this and then hate Tomb Raider when they are both of about the same artistic quality doesn't seem to add up. Taste can make you like one more than the other but as a critic can you see this is that great a film or much superior film. Is it on the level of Fight Club or an artistically good film? That's whats so hard to judge because my gut tells me - Gut- good popcorn movie, enjoy gut out. But the rest of me is all like why is Harry going so nuts. I just wish for a little more pro level balance in reviews.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:19 p.m. CST

    So far, so good...

    by Uncle Sam

    I've read nearly every review of DD on the net, and so far, the great majority of people think that its pretty damn good. A notch below Spider-Man, but a notch above everything else. I'm absolutely certain that I shall absolutely love this movie. I haven't been this confident about a movie's potential awesome greatness since I saw the ComicCon early footage for X2. Can't wait to see it tomorrow! - I WANT YOU, but not in that way.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Bullseye hs no super powers...

    by TV CASUALTY

    He's just reeeaally badass and reeeeaally good at his job. I think at some point in the comics he ended up with an admantium skeleton a la Wolverine, but I could be wrong. It's been a while.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:16 p.m. CST

    "Blade II was a good film, just not as good as Harry made it out

    by Zombie Siskel

    Correct! No movie is as good as eating box, am I right??!! And as far as Affleck being arrogant, if J-Lo were thirsting for your 3" schlong, you'd be arrogant too. Tap the ass, Ben!! Tap it like a motherfucker, yo!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:18 p.m. CST

    If this movie is so good...

    by Vern

    where are they getting all these clips they use in the commercials and when the actors appear on talk shows? I'm confused man. I saw Mike C. Duncan on the Daily Show last night and I was embarassed for the poor man. was that clip a joke? I thought it was a real clip from the movie but you guys have seen it, I will take your word for it.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:41 p.m. CST

    goddamn awful

    by taismaul

    i just saw dd in the uk .was this film made for cable tv it was awful.the titles were stolen from spiderman the fighting was to close up you couldnt tell what was going on.bad bad bad.bringon the x-men the trailer kicked ass.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:51 p.m. CST

    hey, BobClark, forget Sean Burns - He's a joke.

    by Blok Narpin

    My friends and I pick up Philadelphia Weekly every week to see what movie Sean Burns hates this week. He never gives a film a good review. If it's bad he gives it a bad review, and if it's good he gives it a bad review. The guy is a joke. As for DareDevil, I'm sure it's gonna rock. The trailers look good. Harry said it's great. Moriarity said so too. Kevin SMith was gushing over this film last year when he read the script and was on the set (and he knows comics, and the DareDevil character). There is simply no reason to believe this film won't be great.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Bullseye had an adamantium spine.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Acquired after Daredevil threw him off the roof. sk

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Garner is not Elektra

    by pamelaNeko

    So much of me does not want to see this movie because I am a huge Elektra fan. I don't like Jennifer (overrated) Garner to begin with... Will she destroy my favorite female comic book character? Or will I be pleasantly suprised...?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Hey Bob Clark and Leemiwinks, can I come?

    by Blok Narpin

    I'm in Philly, too. Can I join in on the comics ans slurpee love-a-thon down at Fat Jack's?? :) How about Showcase Comics?? Nah, nevermind. The Pirate tthat runs that place is an asshole. ARGH!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:03 p.m. CST

    AICN was paid off by Affleck

    by NickFoley

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:07 p.m. CST

    AICN is for the birds

    by EliCash

    Harry's review of Gangs of New York was ridiculous. His overpraising of films like xXx, AOTC, Blade 2 is evidence of sketchiness. I'm starting to see what all these naysayers are talking about. AICN has no credibility whatsoever.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:26 p.m. CST

    What was Gony?

    by Blok Narpin

    I didn't see that. Did it come out this year?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:30 p.m. CST

    It's one thing...

    by Nordling

    to open up criticism of HArry and his reviewing methods. I'm all for open discussion here. But to refer to Guillermo Del Toro as "Wetback Del Toro" basically means you're a racist, and a loser. Suck the ban and die, fuckwit.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Kiss his perfectly rounded ass?

    by Shawn F.

    Ben Asslick should be kissing our flabby, too round asses for actually giving him a career. And, oh boy! ANOTHER film starring Marlon Blando, er, Collin Farrell? Pinch me I must be Fucking dreaming...

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 3:59 p.m. CST

    if it's so damn good

    by Silvio Dante

    why the trailers sucked so bad? OK, tomottow we'll see...and it's funny, I think it was the second episode of Alias, where Sidney had a black wig on. She looked exactly like Elektra! Of course, in this film she does not.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Colin Farrell is the next Mathew Mcconaghuy

    by BigTuna

    Or however you spell his f0ing name! He's doing too many movies and burning himself out. People will be sick of him and a lot of his films suck and are bombing.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I don't know, ebonic-plague...

    by Nordling

    "Ben Affleck

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:15 p.m. CST

    It still sounds gay

    by Hate_Speech

    I'll avoid it.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I'm intrigued by this

    by Cerebud

    I love DD. I'm hoping this will rock. I think the trailers are trying to make it something it's not. Thank god, because I don't want to see the movie that the trailers are showing. All signs are showing that DD will be much better than it looks in the trailers. As for Harry. Yes, I think we can all agree that Harry gets a little too gushing for movies that he's close to. He doesn't detach his self-bias from the film itself. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Maybe he's able to let go and see the film that he wants it to be. Gangs of New York sucked ass. I'm not alone in saying that, either. Many people are saying that Scorcese has peaked, and the Oscar nod is more for his body of work than for the film itself. DD was made for geeks like Harry and myself. I can't wait for tomorrow night.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:25 p.m. CST

    whoa, what's all this Philly shit?

    by TV CASUALTY

    Who knew there were so many of us... across the city... on AICN... not doing our jobs. Meet me at Delessandros for steaks boys, fuck Pats and Ginos. We can start a march down Market Street and take this motherfucker over!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 4:41 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 screen......at 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. 13, 2003, 5 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Iron Man tidbit, BobClark

    by Silvio Dante

    Since someone mentioned it, I haven't been able to shake the image from my head (and I know this is just about as popular idea as, well, Affleck Matt Murdock): Tom Cruise as Tony Stark. Unless they go War Machine way, which they could do to avoid mix-ups with The Avengers movie. Which would include Iron Man. What Avengers film, you ask? Well, if the trend keeps going, that's the next ticket after FF, right?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 5 p.m. CST

    BobClark.................................

    by Doc Cock

    "Were all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars"............................'moron', oh!...nice reply! And by the way.... anyone who has read any of my posts will realise that I have no love for CGI, George Lucas, or anything remotely to do with "Lord of the Rings", doesn't mean I can't post,..........oooops the fire has just gone out, now where did I put that chap Tolkiens book. Ta Ta

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Authority...

    by Moe Syzslak

    ...I don't think that's the REAL rela George Lowe. I think someone googled his ass and got his phone number, and I think you might have actually gotten a roommate. Doesn't make it any less funny though. The motherfucker asked for it. I say we bombard his ass, people. Let the crank calls begin!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Heh.

    by Nordling

    "Googled his ass." You know, ten years ago, that wouldn't mean what it does now. Hell, I'm not sure it DOESN'T mean that now.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Ben Affleck in red leather comes off as Michael- Jackson- level

    by JohnnyTremaine

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Authority, that's really great, man.

    by Nordling

    People here are under the misconception that this was some sort of serious entertainment news site. It's not. It's geeks talking about cool shit they like and talking about rumors of cool shit they like. Harry, Mori, and the rest are great. But AICN is first and foremost a FAN SITE. Just geeks riffing on the latest shit. Nothing wrong with that. Attackers of this site fail to understand that. It's tantamount to guys at a poker game talking bad about girls. Lighten up.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 5:48 p.m. CST

    AS FAR AS SUPERHERO FILMS GO, THIS IS ACE!!!!!

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    I didn't have high hopes for this but Daredevil turned out to be pretty damn good. I'm in the UK, where comic books aren't as popular as they are in America, but everyone seemed to at least like this. Ben Affleck was good and Jennifer Garner was also good, but a little underused. But to those that feel intent on flaming a film they haven't seen, GO FUCK YOURSELF - it would be more productive than coming to a movie talkback and wanting to talk about politics you ARSE BANDITS.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 6:20 p.m. CST

    The only positive buzz seems to be coming from this site

    by Starbuck1975

    I havent seen the film yet, but all of the points that Harry, Moriaty and others are pointing as strong points in the film, other reviewers are bashing as being weak. Over at rotten tomatoes, there are any number of reviews mocking the performance by Affleck, although a few have conceded that the performances by Farrel and Garner are noteworthy. However, is it the case that these other reviewers are not familiar enough with the DD universe to comment on its adaptation, or is it simply that the public is growing tired of the superhero trend as of late. That some reviewers are comparing DD to the Schumaker Batman films is disturbing, and their seems to be some polarity on the opinions of this film.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:02 p.m. CST

    And so it goes on

    by mulvaney

    Yet another day of bitch slapping between talkbackers here at AICN. Jesus Christ guy's don't you have anything better to do than argue the merits of some stupid comic book? Your all geeks but I guess you know that all ready!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Let me tell you something else about George Lowe

    by Ray Davies

    I could be wrong, and if I am someone please tell me, but I think that motherfucker is sending me viruses. I'm not stupid enough to open them, they scan positive. This is the ONLY place I use this ID and e-mail. I don't post with it anywhere else, even Facer. And I've only begun recieving these the last few days, after I crossed swords with Cameron. The mailings are, for example, "re:your sample@boss.com." If anyone knows anything about these let me know. If they know for a fact it's not George, let me know, and I will apologize. I won't take his word for it, though. My guess is it's either him or morGoth, but despite being a dick, I don't believe morGoth that kind of guy. I have also heard stories of viruses coming from our dear web-owners here. Just rumours, but I'm a paranoid guy, and I have been banned once or twice. Sorry for the interruption. Carry on with your comic-book movie discussion.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by General Sarcasm

    or is one of the absolute funniest things on Earth when somebody posts a message on this site calling other posters "geeks"?

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:28 p.m. CST

    If you throw out Victoria Alexander, Steve Rhodes, and Owen Glei

    by FluffyUnbound

    I mean, come on. Owen Gleiberman is the biggest asshole in print today. He should be fired from EW and sent to write self-help guides for mental institutions. And Victoria Alexander is just a pinhead. Simply. The only thing you can really gather from a negative review from her is that DD didn't include enough feminist or Marxist characters. And does this Steve Rhodes guy actually have a website? I guess anybody can. Harry liked TPM and AOTC, and his opinion is therefore suspect, but even at that he's more credible than those three.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:38 p.m. CST

    No Turk.... apart from that, I loved it!

    by Chilli Kramer

    You notice how everyone who recommends this points out some small flaws? That's because the good in this film is just too perfect to sully by description in mere print. I'm gonna do the same... loved it, coulda done with more sense of wonder, like in seeing onlookers gape at DD's agility. Coulda been longer, not as in having an extra half hour at the end, more like having that half hour spent on characterisation through the film. But it was compact and didn't stray too far from the comics. There's a lot they could put in the sequel, and if they're gearing up to do a 'Born Again' type story (which seems likely) then God Bless them. I agree with the above poster who said it's Miller's best. It's just great. Dunno how they'll fit Captain America in, but I'm very confident that this franchise in is by far the correct hands. Just remember producer types: It should be longer next time! Even if you give us more, you'll still leave us wanting more!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 7:51 p.m. CST

    FAT JACKS I haven't been there in years!

    by Norm3

    I use to go there all the time in the 70's & 80's. Don't collect much anymore! Man did they screw up Bullseyes look or what!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 8:46 p.m. CST

    HA-HA!

    by Noriko Takaya

    I *KNEW* it would rock!! I'm catching it tomorrow--YEE-HAW!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:22 p.m. CST

    FACT: You cannot trust Entertainment Weekly.

    by KONG33

    It's not a real magazine. The other reviewers are flaky too. I think DD will mostly suck, but we cannot go on reviews alone.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Actually, Ancient Lights, I hate Owen Gleiberman because every w

    by FluffyUnbound

    I'll give him that much, the rotten little cunt. He certainly has managed to imprint his personality on his writing. He can't go three reviews without lisping about "prickly ego". He has a way of talking about elements of a film being "gritty" that makes it sound like they would be slightly sticky as well. It didn't surprise me to find out that he is a Chomsky groupie; I really should have guessed that myself. And yes, since you mention it, I found the particular reasoning behind his dislike of FOTR and TTT to be illuminating - in the negative, the way the rest of the markers littering his reviews are negatives. Contempt, contempt, contempt. Maybe Daredevil will suck. The way the rest of the print reviews are lining up now, it's likely it will. But that doesn't change the fact that Owen Gleiberman is a pinhead.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 9:57 p.m. CST

    OK, Ancient Lights, I'm stumped. Why are you such a cocksucking

    by FluffyUnbound

    Go fuck yourself, roach.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:23 p.m. CST

    On a side note--

    by JohnnyTremaine

    I just caught ABOUT SCHMIDT tonight; great writing, and a fantastic acting job by Nicholson, but sweet Jesus, the sight of Kathy Bates naked will now forever haunt my nightmares. I nearly choked on my popcorn during her nude scene, ewww!

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:32 p.m. CST

    One thing I don't understand though:

    by FluffyUnbound

    I'm claiming that I hate Owen Gleiberman because I don't like his reviews, or the way his personal philosophy and politics informs his reviews. You, on the other hand, are saying that you don't believe me, because it's obvious that the reason I hate Owen Gleiberman is...because of his reviews. In what way, exactly, are we disagreeing? Other than about whether or not you suck cock, of course.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:50 p.m. CST

    It isn't just Glieberman and Entertainment Weekly that are panni

    by JohnnyTremaine

    it's nearly every single publication including The New York Times, LA Times, Miami Herald, Newsday, etc, etc. One review called it "the Battlefield Earth of comic book movies." Ouch.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 10:58 p.m. CST

    My favorite film critic can beat up YOUR favorite film critic!!!

    by Voice O. Reason

    Hey, did you guys read Mike Hunt's review? He said this movie was cool! And Dick Hertz said it sucked! And Oliver Clozoff said he thought it was just okay, and Harry P. Ness said he likes Chevt better tha Ford!!! And Jack N. Hoffman said QUIT WASTING OUR TIME QUOTING OTHER PEOPLE AND GET AN OPINION OF YOUR FUCKING OWN.

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Harry's TOP 10

    by kidkosmic

    Everyone MARK THIS MOMENT! Harry is very, very excited about this movie. It is one of the GREATEST comic book adaptations to date (according to the Harry one). IT IS FRANK MILLER ON SCREEN (never mind the Robocop sequels). So, will this film be on Harry's Top 10 for 2003, or, will it be replaced by some spanish western virtually NO ONE will see? (Remember Harry's gush on Episode II? Forget that Spider-Man didn't even make his cut.)

  • Feb. 13, 2003, 11:49 p.m. CST

    If Coolio was your Turk, you'd cut him out too

    by Silvio Dante

    You can have black Kingpin, Gimp Bennifer, Sidney Bristow with sais, liposuction Foggy and angry Agassi as Bullseye, but obviously Coolio was a step too far in the wrong direction.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 12:01 a.m. CST

    The worst thing about Coolio...

    by Ray Davies

    ...is that he's never been Hardcore enough to warrant a Tupac-like drive-by capping. His most publicized feud was with Weird Al, for christsakes! And Weird Al WON. Weird Al is more street than Coolio. Was this post inflamatory and in poor taste? Yea. Was it racist? Not in the least. Was it funny? To me it was. George Lowe's claiming he was black is 100 times more racist than this post. Point being, PC talkbackers, step off!!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 12:57 a.m. CST

    That's a kind of tired trend anyway

    by Silvio Dante

    Casting a hip hop artist on a minor supporting role, just to lure in the particular demographic these so-called gangstas appeal to. The white suburban upper middle-class teenage boys.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Will definitely have a look...and more casting ideas

    by thevision

    Good reviews Harry, you've been right more than you've been off in my opinion- biggest off opinion was "Blade 2"- over produced, over the top, killed off Donnie Yen too quickly and Wesley Snipes kitchen kung-fu was lame...anyhoo, I've had misgivings about casting choices in DD but will see it tommorow with "confidence very high!", only negative review I've read was from Entertainment Weekly but they also trashed X-Men and we all know how that turned out. About casting ideas, Colin Farrell is the "flavor" of the month but I think he has staying power- plus he got to smooch supercutey Brittney Spears-lucky dog!! Is it just me or wouldn't Farrell be perfect as Kyle Raynor Green Lantern?! With George Clooney as Hal Jordan and Isiah Washington as John Stewart? Hopefully my fellow comic book geeks will get this but a Wildstorm Film with the Grifter and Sister Zealot from Jim Lee's "Wildcats"- starring Brad Pitt and Jolene Blalock!! Imagine Pitt wearing the long green coat and outlaw mask and Miss Blalock with silver hair. Check out the first issues with Jim Lee art and tell me I'm wrong!!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:09 a.m. CST

    BULLSEYE ABSOLUTELY WAS A MUTANT WITH THE POWER TO...

    by Darth Phallus

    ...never miss. I miss the old blue and white costume...hahah..not! While it worked for me back in the 80's, it wouldn't be appropo for an assassin in the "real" world. Anybody remember the awesome Frank Miller Wolverine/DD crossover? I have two issues I think they're worth a small mint as far as comics go these days. That would be so awesome if DD does well and they do a Hugh Jackman/Affleck movie where the characters crossover.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:18 a.m. CST

    All his vitriol aside

    by Silvio Dante

    The way Industry Killer describes the film? That's the film the trailers are from. I say it again, if it's such a great film, how come the clips from this thing all bite so hard.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:20 a.m. CST

    OK, I just got back from seeing DAREDEVIL

    by TalkBackWarrior

    and I LOVED it. But, what the fuck was Harry writing about? Maybe it's the beers, but I didn't understand a word he just said.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Giant Black Man Smashes Leather Gimp around

    by soylentphil

    I can't wait to see this trainwreck, but one note: tonight there was a quick shot of Kevin Smith in a DD commercial (yes, they're trotting him out already -cashing in that fanboy chip so soon), and I realized - it may be the first time Smith has had his image on a properly lit and exposed piece of film stock.

  • I never take what the talkbackers say seriously. Saw it tonight and it had a very good audience response at the theater I saw it in. DD is my favorite comic book of all time and I personally loved this movie. Only complaints would be that it was too short and the Kingpin was barely in it.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:06 a.m. CST

    I just DAREDEVIL, and I liked it!

    by NJM

    I highly recommend this film! I caught a 9 o'clock Thursday showing, and I'm glad that I did! It was great, and is well crafted. Affleck delivers greatly as well as Garner, Farrell, and Michael Clarke Duncan. I only wish it was longer. This film really didn't pull any punches, and we get blood, death, and well, just a great story. I'll certainly have a different view on Ben Affleck from now on. Also, I was happy to see Kane Hodder show up in the film. I knew he was in it quite a few months back, but it continually slipped my mind. He's a thug, no lines, and only two of three shots of him during the flashback sequence. Also, the Stan Lee cameo was nice. Also, I figured Kevin Smith's character, Kirby, was in reference to Jack Kirby. But on top of all of this, I am NOW hyped for "X2"! That new trailer did it! So much so, that I was hoping that it was the film I was about it to see, but still, "Daredevil" delivered HIGH above my expectations. Also, don't walk out of theatre when the credits begin because there's an extra scene after the first minute or so of end credits. I greatly enjoyed the film, and now, I can't wait for "X2"! I also can't wait for it to hit the 'net! Hopefully this weekend, but damn, it really did the trick for me. Best "'X-MEN" trailer to date (not much considering I've mostly hated every trailer beforehand), but this trailer is great because, for one, there's no more hyper-techno music like most of the past ones. Also, they don't use any of Kamen's dull & boring score from the first film. This film seems like it'll be a geniune blockbuster. This will be great, and I just don't wanna wait, but I'll have to. Well, just give me that trailer, and I'll get my fix for a few weeks. -NJM Visit Michalak.Org!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Just got back from seeing it. Fear not,... for DAREDEVIL is a da

    by Psyclops

    I don't know much about the comic book so I didn't bring anything with me except for high hopes and my love for the fabulous Jennifer Garner (nothing like some unhealthy baggage to ruin a perfectly good movie experience). The movie was awesome! For all of the collective hatred associated with Ben Affleck throughout these talkbacks... I must admit that I think he was surprisingly effective as Matt Murdock and gave one of his best performances. Jennifer Garner is pure perfection and has once again proven that she is one of the most talented people working in the biz today. Where on earth did this woman come from? I'm guessing a far away place with an endless supply of Ambrosia. Anyway, Colin Farrel was a glorious ham (hated his whooshing cape and rattlesnake signature sound effect), he grew on me after a while and Michael Clarke Duncan played the role of a mean motherfucker note perfect. The only thing that really felt out of place was the bad CGI in the church fight, which was in reality no more than 15 seconds of bad CG stunt work in a nearly two hour movie. Other than that... I loved it. Damn good movie!!! Could have been a bit longer and Colin should have toned it down a bit, but other than that it was a great ride. Now bring on X-MEN 2, that trailer ruled the universe!!!!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Boy, I must be on acid because I don't get all of the jizz-spewi

    by Easy Rider

    I just got done watching it and, man......Mark Steven Johnson must've taken Harry and everyone else on AICN into his barn and shown them his cut of the movie cause I don't get it. Gangs of New York is met on this site with grimness while this dopey movie has a thorned crown placed on its head. I'll agree with most people who say that Gangs is not Scorsese's best work, but can someone actually think it lies below Daredevil? Somebody tell me why I'm wrong because I wanted to like this. I'll admit that I fall into the camp that isn't crazy about Affleck, but I'm willing to give the guy a chance. Plus, the second trailer that was released made this look fairly decent, but Christ on a crutch this movie was just plain stupid. Not horribly offensive to anyone's intelligence. Just.....empty, nothing. AICN reviewers saw depth and coolness? Here's what I saw: Ben Affleck playing......Ben Aflleck, only this time speaking in monotone and wearing some ridiculous gimp-type of costume. Honestly, how could anyone not laugh at the scene where Daredevil confronts Fisk in his office? There, in full view, is what appears to be a bondage outfit draped on Affleck. Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't help snickering at how awkward he looked in the costume. On top of that, all he does is spout empty cliches like, "Can one man make a difference?" and "I'll never forget what I saw because that day because it was the last thing I saw." Aside from Ben, you've got supporting characters who are barely sketched in. Farrell's scenes are enjoyable just because he goes psychotic with every line. Duncan, meanwhile, makes so little of an impact in the three or four scenes he's in, I barely realized he was in the movie at all. But the biggest insult is aimed at Garner. What a lousy, lousy role for someone who seems to be a potentially wonderful actress. Any life that Elektra has is merely due to Garner's personality, not the hack-job script. I'll lay every one of her scenes out for you. 1: Meets Affleck in a coffee shop. They trade a few lines and she leaves two seconds after entering. 2: Affleck follows her and what ensues has to be the single goofiest scene placed in a movie recently. Apparantly in the world of Mark Steven Johnson, badly filmed karate is key to flirting. I mean, come on. This is the dumbest "Meet Cute" probably......ever! It certainly ranks up there with the worst. 3: Rooftop date. This scene is actually decent, but only because of the rain-effect that enables Murdock to see Elektra. The suposedly "sweet" lines traded between the two are about as bad as the ones found in a harlequin romance novel. This scene is followed by a Cinemax-quality sex scene. Just ridiculous. 4: The ball where her father is killed. 5: She shows up on a rooftop in the leather outfit, kicking the shit out of Daredevil. Why is she clad in leather? The film never says. Thankfully, I read the comics when I was little, so I knew. Would it have killed Johnson to add just a few lines explaining Elektra's bounty hunter/assassin background? I believe Jon Favreau has more scenes than her. Perhaps it's just me, but when a big point in a movie is the main character's love story, shouldn't the romantic interest get more screen time than the friggin' sidekick? About five seconds after her and Daredevil fight, Bullseye kills her and she exits the stage. You've pretty much seen all of the Garner-leather battle in the trailer. One scene, folks. That's all you get of Elektra fighting. I'm sorry, but this movie was a mess. I know I'm gonna get ripped, with people screaming, "You're not a REAL fan of the comics, man! This movie epitomized the comics." I don't buy that for one second. Admitedly, I only read a minute amount of Daredevil comics when I was younger, but I find it extremely hard to believe that if a comic series was as mediocre as this movie that it would last thrity-some years. Plus, save all the crap for the birds. Yes, the comic maybe great, but we're not criticizing the comic. We're criticizing the movie. Source material does not spare a movie in anyway, shape, or form. A dopey movie is a dopey movie. If we wanted to operate under your menatality, than that must mean the movie-version of Breakfast of Champions is wonderful merely because the book was. What a silly way to think. Truth be told, what we have here is merely a money-maker that stars big names not because they represent the characters faithfully, but because the studio can get them, thus promising at least a big opening weekend. If someone says this really, really, really great and better than the first Batman, I truly question their sanity.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 3:16 a.m. CST

    FYI: Robogeek's mini-review @ robogeek.com

    by robogeek.com

    (With all due respect to our Illustrious Head Geek.)

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 3:22 a.m. CST

    After reading most of the TalkBack posts....

    by NJM

    I do agree that they squeezed too much into this 96 minute film. Too many scenes, and yes, the Kingpin battle should've waited. Something more to look forward too. I was surprised that Bullseye would be so liberal to use Fisk's name. Perhaps they'll have an extended cut on DVD, but I did enjoy the film. I'm not going to say that I know much about Daredevil, and so, I can't say whether or not Affleck's portrayl was accurate or not. BUT, I'll bet that it's better than that of Rex Smith's portrayl in "THE TRIAL OF THE INCREDIBLE HULK". In any case, I was entertained by what I saw. Plus, this film didn't try to be a completely moral superhero film. Daredevil does kill people, and doesn't have qualms about it. He sees that the justice system is flawed, and that being a vigilante by night is, more times than not, the only true justice possible. Even Batman doesn't kill (at least, not yet). It was good to see that because we've seen that because Batman will not kill, he has battled the same rotating villians for the last 50+ years. Kingpin should've remained a mystery to DD, and I was surprised at how so much is revealed to both sides in this film. I mean, how many more people are gonna unmask Daredevil? I do agree with Harry's comments on Bullseye because they were dead-on. Also, I think there should've been some scenes of Kingpin being a criminal puppet master by pulling the strings of criminal organizations around the city. We don't get to see the scope of his reign over the criminal underworld, and that should be an important thing. Also, some backstory on Elektra would've been good considering her backstory. Granted, she wouldn't say to Murdock, "My name's Elektra. I'm a professional assassin. What do you do?" But, something said about her because the regular movie-goer doesn't have a clue what she really does for a living. This film was good, but Mark Steven Johnson just packed this film with too much content that there is no breathing room. It could just be due to time contraints, but would another 15-20 minutes greatly reduce that feeling? I don't know, but some things are better left untold for later. So now, for the sequel, things will have to be from a rather fresh start as so much was resolved in this first film. It's a shame, but hopefully, they can learn to spread things out next time. As we live & learn. Still lovin' that X2 trailer, but this Thursday showing has now messed up by perception of time. I'm thinking it's already 2am Saturday. Speaking of which, time to get to sleep. -NJM Visit Michalak.Org!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 3:24 a.m. CST

    "Daredevil is a Dud" (Entertainment Weekly) link

    by truthseekr1488

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/13/ew.review.daredevil/index.html..........."''Daredevil'' is the sort of half-assed, visually lackadaisical potboiler that makes you rue the day that comic-book franchises ever took over Hollywood.....Superhero movies are, of course, fantasies of power, but when you see one that's as lame and mechanical as this, it so dehumanizes the actors that it tends to come off as an allegory of emasculation....The rest of the time, Affleck isn't doing any favors by having to act blind; he's an actor who needs all five of his senses...." (end quote)

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 4:36 a.m. CST

    That score, that score.

    by hank_scorpio

    I didn't like the opening credits and the logo, maybe it was just Revell's crappy score but it seemed really cheesy and not in synch with the rest of the picture. Also, the ending with Ulrich deleting everything he's just typed had me groaning. But everything else totally rocked, it was touching, soaring, and damn funny. The fight in the nightclub was the only one i didn't like, couldn't see what the hell was going on. I hope it does well, and if i was Johnson, i'd be damn proud of myself right now. Peace everyone.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Daredevil was awesome

    by mpfanatic

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 5:48 a.m. CST

    x-men 2 trailer

    by pparker

    where is it? shouldnt it be online by now?

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Harry, Harry, Harry....

    by Max Rockatansky

    "Not since Christopher Reeve nailed SUPERMAN has an actor so beautifully captured the image, soul and charisma of a character drawn from the pages of comic books." You

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Ben, I know you're probably reading this...

    by MovieView

    I just got back from a screening. Good job. Would you mosey on over to Jon's site for his D45 show...we're talking about the movie as well...and its a bit more structured then this talk back: http://www.forums-silverwing.addr.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum&f=10

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by Silver_Joo

    The best comic book movie since Superman, unquestionably. I read Moriarty's review before watching it, and it was so right, as is yours Harry; brutal with a soul sums it up and seems to go against our usual expectation of this kind of adaptation/movie. Good to see AICN getting behind an action movie that deserves the plaudits. I love Spiderman as comic, but really hated the movie (well, the last hour). I have always admired DD, and this film was just... yes. Foggy was great, Bullseye was great, Elektra was beautiful and vital and unlike Dunst, Garner actually played it right. So happy that justice is served with this one. One gripe however, could the British movie critics maybe try to do their research, making rather poor links to it being a rip-off of Batman etc etc is tiresome. I mean, you don't have to be a fan but, it could be conducive to at least try to understand where this film is coming from. Marvel are certainly getting close though, it could be X-Men 2 that raises the bar, with the whole (gosh), fleshing out of Wolverine and some rather astounding looking mutant action.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Lucky Pierre

    by MrBadAttitude

    Sir, since you are a stranger to our shores, allow me to be the first to welcome you. I have read your posts with great interest, and I believe that you are possibly what we, in America, call a "misunderstood genius". Do not let the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune daunt you, sir. Keep posting here on AINT IT COOL and soon you will become a welcome legend, much like the late, lamented TODD and a few of those other guys who are both hated and adored. My command of the French language is poor--and my keyboard does not have any of those little squiggles you people so love to mix in with the letters of the alphabet--, but please allow me to say: wee wee, mon-sewer...see-voo-play! Is good, no? God bless you, Lucky!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Boring Ben

    by HuffyHenry

    I just don't think Ben's all that talented an actor. He was comic relief with a dash of melodrama in Good Will, then did a bunch o' crap, and I'm still not convinced. He still delivers lines about as convincingly as he did in Mallrats. YAWN.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Watchable, BUT

    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"..no 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, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Great frigging film...

    by dare_devil

    Just saw it last night here in the UK...I thought it was fucking great. It's the movie Batman should have been. The thing that astounds me about these talkbacks is people always saying..."Why can't they make a movie that's true to the comic??" and when they finally do you all complain! Fuck outsiders if they don't get it. This is a film for fans. It's about as close to the source material as you can get. We all understand it, so who gives a shit about everyone else?

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:47 a.m. CST

    MY REVIEW OF DAREDEVIL

    by jon-e-blaze

    My review of Daredevil In short a very affective,action filled,funny romantic film based On the Marvel comic book THE GOOD Am I a comic book fan? Yes and no..Back in the days give me five bucks and I Would by ten comics in a second.But today artists and writers have become Disenchanted with their companies and it shows in their work.Not saying that all Comic books suck,because I do read a few that don

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:21 a.m. CST

    From the Hollywood Reporter ...

    by Gene Clean

    "Josh Hartnett has emerged as the top contender to star in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Superman" franchise for director Brett Ratner. Hartnett's looks and acting ability are said to not be factors as to whether he'd star as the caped crusader. Rather, the negotiation of the deal and the commitment to doing three consecutive features are said to be bigger issues." In related news, it was revealed that Alan Horn is an alien supercomputer, known in-house at WB as the "Doomsday Machine." Horn is said to have selected Hartnett using alien mathematics too advanced (or stupid) for human minds to grasp. Factors entered into the equation included the flavor of Hartnett's hair and his weight in frogs.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Bob Clark, none taken, but ...

    by FrankCobretti

    It really isn't the homoerotic undertones of superhero comix that bother me - that was just a cheap shot. The truth is, it's all rooted in my childhood. Let me take you back to Los Angeles International Airport, circa 1974. A young FrankCobretti is waiting with his family to meet a relative, and he spots an issue of The Swamp Thing on a gift shop rack. Attracted by the cover art, he gets pop to spring for the magazine and settles down for a nice read. Ten minutes later, he's reading a panel that says, "To be continued next month" and he thinks, "What's this? Only 10 minutes of entertainment, and no conclusion? What a waste!" Fast forward a couple of years. An ever-hopeful FC decides to give Spider-Man a go. Once again, 10 minutes go by, and "To be continued" pops up right in the middle of a fight with the green goblin. "That's it for superhero comix," decides young FC, and that was pretty much the end of it. The weird part, though, is that I see most of the superhero movies. I like the concept, I think, but the money:entertainment ratio just isn't there in most comix. Hey, some people like chocolate ice cream, some like vanilla. It has no impact on your intrinsic value as a human being. Unless you're one of the hated vanilla lovers.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Ben Affleck is the Dirty Bomb of "actors"

    by JAGUART

    Spreading his mediocrity in wide dispersal and tainting everything he comes in contact with. He was especially the "Bomb" in Phantoms Yo! A Conventional Nuke you may ask? Why Freddie Prinze Jr. of course. You wanna really fuck something up you bring out The Freddie Prinze Jr. If fact, if you pair up FP Jr. with McG you'll get the North Korea of films.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:35 a.m. CST

    AICN: February 13, 2006

    by Kid Z

    HARRY'S REVIEW OF US 1!!!! I've been busy lately with overseeing creepy, nude flash animations of myself to insert at the upper lefthand corner of all AICN webpages so I didn't get to see US 1 as early as some other reviewers here. Ooooo! ME wanna see! Me was geting... er... I was getting pretty anxious. Well, last night I was finally able to find an unlocked exit door near the loading bay of the George W. Bush/Exxon Flick 'N' Brew and was able to sidle in, accompanied by my underage male love slave Jar-Jar Jr. Like many TalkBack regulars, I had severe doubts about this project, but after Avi Arad and legendary Director Raja Gosnell FedExed me a briefcase filled with mint condition 1970s Star Wars action figure, including the very rare and hard-to-find "Guy with fake rubber mask who was seen in cantina scene talking to hammerhead guy", I was persuaded to ignore the vitriol of the semi-literate sociopaths who frequent my site and at least give this movie a fair chance. And let me tell you: this film is undoubtedly one of the crowning achievments in all of cinematic history, from the very first frame of Thomas Edison's "Man Sneezing" until last week's triumph -of-celluloid, "Two Stupid Dogs: The Live Action Movie" (starring Jim Carrey and Mike Myers... in DOG SUITS! How hilarious is that !??!) Now I know a lot of Talkbacker have an unreasoning hatred of the star of US 1, I sometimes shared this illogical, almost-glandular negative reaction myself from time to time... but let me just state the obvious right now: Matthew Lillard IS US 1! You just believe wholeheartedly that this is a person who is HAUNTED by the responsibility of having the mutant ability to drive any form of transportational conveyance.... (Review abruptly ends here as Harry is suddenly crushed to death beneath a crumbling stack of film school application rejection letters he had been storing in the same corner of his father's basement that he used as the AICN Worldwide Offices) Now, back to 2003: saw Dredevil... SUCKFEST!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:38 a.m. CST

    How can I put this gently........Your a JACKA$$

    by MartianManhunter

    Hairy, Harry,Harey, I walked out of this movie listening to some Kansas City Locals argue about Elektra's Death. This filled me with an inner pain like no other until I read your a$$-backwards review. I corrected those de-gents, but I wanted to take out every Frank Miller comic book and beat them over the head with them! My first review of the film, ended with " And I wanted to take every writer, Director, Producer and Corporate Jackass that had thier hands in this, behind the wood shed and kick the living crap out of them" (or something like that). You've been added to that list. For so long, I've respected your input and graceful color you add to your reviews, NO LONGER! I realize I come across like a "Disgruntelded Kirk Fan" at a Next Generation Convention, but so be it. This must be said, LONG LIVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH. This movie had soo much potential, it was a spider man / batman reject. A TNT movie premier at best. Any show of Alias beats this hands down, and by the way Jennifer Garner made and carried this movie. The special effects sucked major arse. The camera work was horrible, the fight scenes were Waaay to short. Elektra and Bulleyes should have carried out a long time. BUILD MOMENTUM YOU ASSES!!! And then what happened to Daredevil's shoudler, he gets a SIA through it and then BANG, he's kickin the king pins ASS. And why is it that he can fight people in the bad with out rain, but not the King Pin? Bottom Line, this movie was a perfect example of a good comic book gone bad. I would rather watch the Capt. America Movie's from the 80's then this. -thanks for reading this! mm

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Dredevil...

    by Kid Z

    ... heh! Now that might've been a watchable movie there... with Eminem as the villain "Bullshit"! (of course I MEANT "Daredevil", which was the polar opposite of "watchable!")

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:42 a.m. CST

    owen glieberman is not the ultimate authority on film

    by bartender

    he gave "o brother where art thou" an F, because it wasn't like "fargo" is basically what his review said. an F! however you feel about that movie, the soundtrack and cinematography alone ensure it should get at least a C. he didn't like seeing the coen brothers do a farce, he wasn't about to give it a chance. as if the coens care what the bastard thinks. sounds like his bias coming into the movie has gotten in the way again.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:59 a.m. CST

    NHC1583

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    You wouldn't get anything published on this site unless it was a talkback. Do you want to know why? Because you are a stuck up cunt. You probably don't have a passion for anything other than slagging and trying to put others down. I pity you. On the other hand, I enjoyed Daredevil even if the shitty songs were distracting. It could have been longer and more fleshed out too. But I'm happy enough with it.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 11:22 a.m. CST

    And here we go...

    by zer0cool2k2

    Because you just can't have too many reviews. I caught Daredevil last night, and like any true AICN geek, I feel obligated to force my meaningless opinion on you all: Hulk Trailer: Well, I liked Eric Bana in BHD, and Jennifer Connelly is, of course greatness, but I still worry this might be the film to send the genre into a Batman & Robin-esque downward spiral. The first glimpse of the CGI Hulk's face looked like a big green baby to me. The shot at the end looked better though. Cross your fingers. X2 Trailer: Looked great! This is a trailer that shows just enough to whet your appetite. Halle loked a little more Storm-like than in the first film, and the glimpse of Colossus looked awesome. I personally thought the original X-Men was merely a decent popcorn flick, but I think this one will allow for some needed character development that there's just not enough time for in most franchise launching films. Daredevil: Opening credits were cool, going from standard alphabet to braille. I liked the way the film was framed, with the opening scene occurring just before the big finale, and everything in between showing us how 'Ol Hornhead got to this point. It was handled well, and not in that cheesy, "who I am and how I came to be" kind of way. David Keith performs well as the prizefighter father to young Matt Murdock, and he & Affleck share the same chin structure. A few minutes in, as we catch up to the adult Matt Murdock, I was tempted to fall back on my standard criticism of Ben Affleck. Why must he always sport that scruffy mess of frat-boy hair that makes me always see "Ben" instead of Jack Ryan or whoever in every single movie? But then, I quickly realized that this was the one role where his unkempt hair actually made sense. After all, he can't really see himself in the mirror. After that, it didn't take me long to stop seeing the actor and start seeing the character. I thought all of Affleck & Favreau's scenes together as Murdock & Foggy Nelson worked quite well. The two seemed like the kind of opposites that balance each other and make for good friends. Enter Elektra. While Garner, doesn't have the classic look of the comic, I thought she was excllent in the role. A curvier, more buxom actress wouldn't have been as believable performing the moves she does in her playground sparring session with Murdock, or seeking her vengeance on the rooftops of Hell's kitchen. I honestly can't think of an actress who could have filled the role any better. (I suppose if money were no object, they could have gone after Angelina Jolie, but that would have drastically changed the focus of the film ala' Nicholson's Joker. And by the way, while watching Elektra's acrobatic practice session, with Garner's hair in that braided ponytail, I couldn't help but wonder if Tomb Raider were just now being cast, if Jennifer Garner and the world's best Wonderbra would have become Lara Croft). I found Duncan's Wilson Fisk to be menacing enough, given the amount of screentime he has. I would have liked to see that scene from "Born Again", where the Kingpin beats the crap out of a dozen or so sparring partners for a light workout, but hey, maybe next time. Colin Ferrell is appropriately loonie as Bullseye. He gives an over the top performance, but never makes this a movie more about the villian than the hero. And Joey Pants fills the role of reporter Ben Urich nicely, not in the annoying comic-relief way Robert Wuhl was used in Batman. I could go on about all the crap you've already read a thousand times, how it's cool to see Murdock popping painkillers, how great the effect of his "vision" is, etc., But you've read it all before. I will say I thought the way he would rap his billyclub on metal objects to get a sonar "view" of his surroundings was quite clever. The music never bothered me, I quite liked the soundtrack. The CGI never pulled me out of the scene, and Affleck never got on my nerves. (I'm among those who thinks the guy gets a bad rap, because he's a good natured, nice lookin' successful guy). This film is not the spectacle that Spiderman was. It's a much more personal, dark, gritty tale of a darker part of New York. Whereas, you had citizens of the Big Apple, banding together to take on the Green Goblin, here you've got the dark underbelly of New York, where crime is king, and the people hide in fear. That's why Hell's kitchen needs a man without fear to stand up and fight the good fight. Filled with religious imagery, and played out in the dark and rainy alleyways and rooftops of the city, Daredevil is much more akin to The Crow than to any other "comic book" movie. (And I still find The Crow to be one of the very best of the genre). I honestly tried to think of something that could have been done better in this movie, and aside from making it longer, the only little nitpicking criticism I could come up with is how open Matt Murdock is with just how capable he is. In his everyday life with Foggy Nelson, in his encounters with Elektra, and even briefly wit Ben Urich. He often shows himself functioning better than the sighted people around him. And while I didn't want to see him come across as handicapped, You'd think he'd be a little more paranoid about hiding his secret. But, as I said, that's just nitpicking. This is a well cast, well made, movie. It's not some rah-rah, flag waving, triumph of the human spirit piece of fluff, and it shouldn't have been. I wouldn't call it "Miller captured on screen" (maybe he was referring to Frank's quick cameo), but it captures that same dark mood. It won't capture the imagination of the entire country, and sell a billion dollars worth of toys, but it is almost exactly the Daredevil I wanted to see. Ben Affleck's 15-year-old self would be proud.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 12:08 p.m. CST

    How dare you Wilmac1023???

    by NubtheSquirrel

    Hey, look, just because you have no love for comics, asshole, does not mean you have to ruin it for the rest of us who appreciate comics. Maybe in your shortsightedness you failed to realize that comics are not just pictures! They are great stories that move and flow beautifully with the incredible artrwork from some of industry's top artists. The fact that the heroes have flaws are what make them seem more human to the reader. If everything you said was true, then why is it that one of the greatest Batman stories ever written THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is required reading for film classes at not one but SEVERAL major Universities. Comics have influenced society today in a whole. What movie could capture the drama and tragedy of 911 like Amazing Spider-Man #36 (No Joke!) This comic alone brought the readers closer to the characters in ways I had never thought possible. You even see the villains standing in the wake of the tragedy, one of them with tears in his eyes mourning the loss of the innicents. You obviously are too stupid to realize this and will still dismiss the comics as reading for kids with no imagination. That's funny. I read comics, I have a great imagination, and I have sold several scripts to film studios while you are still dismissing the comics because you think they suck. I'M RICH, YOU'RE POOR, SO, BOO FRICKIN' HOO!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Wilmac1023 ()reprint so I don't ripped on for no spell check yo

    by NubtheSquirrel

    Hey, look, just because you have no love for comics, asshole, does not mean you have to ruin it for the rest of us who appreciate comics. Maybe in your shortsightedness you failed to realize that comics are not just pictures! They are great stories that move and flow beautifully with the incredible artrwork from some of industry's top artists. The fact that the heroes have flaws are what make them seem more human to the reader. If everything you said was true, then why is it that one of the greatest Batman stories ever written THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is required reading for film classes at not one but SEVERAL major Universities. Comics have influenced society today in a whole. What movie could capture the drama and tragedy of 911 like Amazing Spider-Man #36 (No Joke!) This comic alone brought the readers closer to the characters in ways I had never thought possible. You even see the villains standing in the wake of the tragedy, one of them with tears in his eyes mourning the loss of the innocents. You obviously are too stupid to realize this and will still dismiss the comics as reading for kids with no imagination. That's funny. I read comics, I have a great imagination, and I have sold several scripts to film studios while you are still dismissing the comics because you think they suck. I'M RICH, YOU'RE POOR, SO, BOO FRICKIN' HOO!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 12:53 p.m. CST

    RE: NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE ON DD

    by JAGUART

    Judging by the ANALysis of that reposted article it appears that DD won't be an Oscar contender anytime soon. I can't stand Affleck, but I won't trash what otherwise looks like a fun action film for Comic Book fans which is something else I don't like. I think what can be admired here is someone's appreciation of the source material and their attempt to make a worthy effort. You may now return to your regularly scheduled console game.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:05 p.m. CST

    oh my god this movie sucks , saw it last night in sneak preview.

    by juxtapoze

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:12 p.m. CST

    oh my god this movie sucks , saw it last night in sneak preview.

    by juxtapoze

    such a fucking embarrasing movie, from bens acting, to the fight scenes ,you have to be blind(haha) to like this fucking movie!the only good thing about it was bullseye and elektra (garner is now the hottest ass sround). I knew this fucking director couldnt handle this material. plus the daredevil costume hhaha it looks like shit everytime time they do a closeup of afflcks face it just looks like a joke! and the last fight with the kingpin all of 30 seconds of it what a joke! all of the fight scenes were horrible actually.......except for the bar scene.for having such a big budget they sure didnt do much with the movie........but anyway im just sad and disapointed....

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:48 p.m. CST

    mistrmind you ASS, you f***ed up the talkback.

    by JohnnyTremaine

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:49 p.m. CST

    html

    by TisketMaster

    Morons <P><P> can't use html codes in their posts.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 1:50 p.m. CST

    actually....

    by TisketMaster

    Morons can't let those codes work on the websites they design!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Stop telling everyone that Elektra dies dammit! Or at least use

    by truthseekr1488

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Another Movie Covered in Cheese, This is why I stay away from mo

    by ConceptDog

    Remember Pitch Black? Toronto Star gave it one star.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:39 p.m. CST

    To the fanboys: take a couple lumps

    by dczell

    I love the love. The sincerity's palpable. It oozes. It's so sweet. The filmmakers all loved and cherished the opportunity to make this myth come alive on the big screen. They knew they were blessed. They gave it an "A" effort. The old college try. There is no Burtonesque condescension here. No apologies made for the genre. Just love. The love that Harry loves. That Moriarty loves. Love and sincerity. I love that. I love their love. Yes, you feel it at every turn and that helps the medicine go down. It's a teaspoon of sugar in some bitter ass medicine... But don't think of it that way. Don't think of the sincerity as being the film's undoing either. Love that Ben, Jennifer, Colin, were so earnest. So eager to express themselves. Love that. Don't resent them for wanting to talk and say things. To strike the pose and stare the stare. The oh so now songs are earnest, literal. Love them. Don't yearn for subtlety and timelessness. Love how they want you to want them. Love you to love them. Swim in the dramatic, the hip. Don't desire the cool, the reserved, the aloof. Enjoy the inspiration that is honored, and ignore, if you must, the essence of the inspiration that is forgot. Look at the characters, but don't examine them. Don't think about the way they're supposed to be. Don't remember that they're noir. Forget that they have secrets. Forget the dark things in their past. That they hide in shadows. Lead dual lives. Kill people. And please, forget that DD doesn't kill people. That he's different. A man of justice. Of honor. Legality. That he doesn't spit out one liners as a man--rapist though he be--is killed in front of him. Forget that he pulls the murderer off the tracks because to leave him there would be lowering himself to the murderer's level. Forget that, corny as it is, it's his essence to do so. Think of the Punisher and you'll get through it okay. And don't ask "how does this man who has no fear, a limitless reserve, remain laying down as his lover is gutted?" Don't think about how he must have had the fight in him to save her, or else he wouldn't have mustered the strength to win two more colossal battles that same night. Forget that he can't beat up the Kingpin. Forget that it's beyond his strength and that he must use his guile. Don't think about that. Don't wonder if DD just needed a rest while his lover was gutted. Needed motivation to fight. That won't help you. Forget about this man on screen who let a rapist die yet spares the man who killed his father and girlfriend. Don't ask what his lesson was. Don't wonder what it was based on. Don't ask "what does this story mean? Why does it matter?" Don't look at it as a vase. Pretty to look at, but empty. Hollow. Devoid of meaning. Don't look at it as a myth with no lesson. Pretend it has one. Pretend you don't want one. Pretend the genre doesn't call for one. I implore you: do like this movie. Love it if you must. Take in the sincerity. Ignore the ham. Buy the vision. Buy the soundtrack. Enjoy the access. Relish the spectacle. Do this for yourself. 'Cause this is the one chance you'll get to see DD--the discerning aficionado's comic hero if ever there was--on the big screen. Open your senses, close your brain. Pretend you're watching the movie you imagined 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 years ago. Eat the sugar, cause that's some bitter ass medicine.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:44 p.m. CST

    "Conquor"?

    by Strawhenge

    Jesus. Must be something in the water.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:45 p.m. CST

    To the DAREDEVIL fanboys: take a couple lumps

    by dczell

    I love the love. The sincerity's palpable. It oozes. It's so sweet. The filmmakers all loved and cherished the opportunity to make this myth come alive on the big screen. They knew they were blessed. They gave it an "A" effort. The old college try. There is no Burtonesque condescension here. No apologies made for the genre. Just love. The love that Harry loves. That Moriarty loves. Love and sincerity. I love that. I love their love. Yes, you feel it at every turn and that helps the medicine go down. It's a teaspoon of sugar in some bitter ass medicine... But don't think of it that way. Don't think of the sincerity as being the film's undoing either. Love that Ben, Jennifer, Colin, were so earnest. So eager to express themselves. Love that. Don't resent them for wanting to talk and say things. To strike the pose and stare the stare. The oh so now songs are earnest, literal. Love them. Don't yearn for subtlety and timelessness. Love how they want you to want them. Love you to love them. Swim in the dramatic, the hip. Don't desire the cool, the reserved, the aloof. Enjoy the inspiration that is honored, and ignore, if you must, the essence of the inspiration that is forgot. Look at the characters, but don't examine them. Don't think about the way they're supposed to be. Don't remember that they're noir. Forget that they have secrets. Forget the dark things in their past. That they hide in shadows. Lead dual lives. Kill people. And please, forget that DD doesn't kill people. That he's different. A man of justice. Of honor. Legality. That he doesn't spit out one liners as a man--rapist though he be--is killed in front of him. Forget that he pulls the murderer off the tracks because to leave him there would be lowering himself to the murderer's level. Forget that, corny as it is, it's his essence to do so. Think of the Punisher and you'll get through it okay. And don't ask "how does this man who has no fear, a limitless reserve, remain laying down as his lover is gutted?" Don't think about how he must have had the fight in him to save her, or else he wouldn't have mustered the strength to win two more colossal battles that same night. Forget that he can't beat up the Kingpin. Forget that it's beyond his strength and that he must use his guile. Don't think about that. Don't wonder if DD just needed a rest while his lover was gutted. Needed motivation to fight. That won't help you. Forget about this man on screen who let a rapist die yet spares the man who killed his father and girlfriend. Don't ask what his lesson was. Don't wonder what it was based on. Don't ask "what does this story mean? Why does it matter?" Don't look at it as a vase. Pretty to look at, but empty. Hollow. Devoid of meaning. Don't look at it as a myth with no lesson. Pretend it has one. Pretend you don't want one. Pretend the genre doesn't call for one. I implore you: do like this movie. Love it if you must. Take in the sincerity. Ignore the ham. Buy the vision. Buy the soundtrack. Enjoy the access. Relish the spectacle. Do this for yourself. 'Cause this is the one chance you'll get to see DD--the discerning aficionado's comic hero if ever there was--on the big screen. Open your senses, close your brain. Pretend you're watching the movie you imagined 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 years ago. Eat the sugar, cause that's some bitter ass medicine.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Re: To the DAREDEVIL fanboys:

    by JAGUART

    Choose Life. Choose DAREDEVIL.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I just saw DareDevil, and it definitely... I don't wanna say tha

    by Uncle Sam

    I'll simply state that it was one of the finest comic book to film adaptations/superhero flicks that I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Didn't see the "awesome" X2 trailer before, though, because I'm in Canada. DAMN YOU, CANADIAN/AMERICAN BORDER! - I WANT YOU, but not in that way.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Jude Law is cool but short

    by JMJ

    Can they digitally make Jude Law about 5-6 inches taller?? I am of average height and build and would tower over him. SUPERMAN?? Yeesh, I'd take Christopher Reeve in his present state over that. With loads of cgi of course, because of the whole wheel chair thing and such. Superman is not 5'7" tall and 150 lbs. sorry folks. Wont work.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Lets level with Daredevil!

    by simongarth2001

    Ok...First let me say that I am not only a comic fan, but have worked in the industry as an artist and inker for 15years. I love comics. I am in no ways a geek, since I really look at them as an artform. I went to the kubert school and there, gained a real appreciation for graphic storytelling. I had many worries that Daredevil would fall short based upon the few unknowns....Will Affleck suck? Will the director, who is a confessed fan, screw it up? Well, In my humble opinion, It worked pretty well. Not perfect, but damn!! Not bad eother. So far, Marvel has another pretty good addition to their growing franchises. My only complaints....Not enough character development. The fight scenes were cool, but edited together too quick. It was difficult to tell what was going on at times when the director should have pulled back so we could see the DD's moves. A few wierd script moments. (OL Horn head seemd to know the name of Bullseye...without the audiences knowledge.) The Playground fight was a bit hokey...Affleck seemed stiffer than R. Kelly at a girl scout meeting....But all in all...these moments are basically nitpicks and My own, personal tastes. Overall, it was awesome and I hope it does well so we can see a sequel, devoid of all the origin crap. Now the x-men 2 trailer.........DAMN!!!!!!!!!! This is what I be talking about!! I sure hope it kicks ass, since I was never as impressed with the original as much as I had hoped to be....from the initial look of the new trailer, It looks to be leaps and jumps more action than the original, which is good for me!! Now, Lets hope Marvel does not let Payton Reed and the script writers for the Fantastic Four screw that one up....Cause it looks to me, from what I have read, that if Marvel is going to stumble and fall with a flop, it'll be the FF.....I hope this isn't the case since I grew up with the FF. lEARN FROM WHAT IS WORKING AND STAY TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL CONCEPTS AND CHARACTERS. dONT MAKE DR. DOOM A PRETTY BOY WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BE WITH THE 4 ON THE FATEFUL TRIP!! DON'T COP OUT MARVEL!!!! DC....ARE YOU TAKING NOTES???

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 5:41 p.m. CST

    SPOILER QUESTION REGARDING JENNIFER GARNER AND ELEKTRA

    by NotchJohnson

    SPOILER QUESTION WARNING SPOILER QUESTIONS DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE...........Notch here. CAN ANYONE ANSWER THIS QUESTION? HARRY? MORIARTY? ALEX DUPONT? ANYONE?? Now, how is Jennifer Garner/Elektra gonna return for a possible DD sequel if she died in this film? Has anyone talked about this, anyone mentioned this from the film cast or crew? It looked to me like she died, pretty sure of it. I know that there's open doors for Kingpin and Bullseye, but is there any CONFIRMED explanation for Elektra's return? Thanks, Notch out.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 6:04 p.m. CST

    ANSWER TO SPOILER ELEKTRA QUESTION

    by dczell

    Two things: see the movie and you'll see how they left things. Go to milehighcomics.com and look at the cover to issue 191. Or read DD Visionaries vol. 2 & 3. I'd prefer the comics version next time, since it would make any sequal--as unlikely as it may be--a little more interesting.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Well, I concede, it is a good film

    by MrCere

    There is no bigger DD fan around (some AS big, but not bigger) and despite 1,000 fears and major apprehension, I like this movie. It is what it is. It isn't "The Hours" with deep characters but it IS a fine Daredevil movie and I actually think it will make money hand over horn instead of being the bomb I feared. The finer points of film-making or storytelling that the public doesn't get (characterization, depth) that are a bit weak in the film will never be missed by most. It will break $100 million I bet.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I really dont want to post yet, until the genetic defective who

    by XTheCrovvX

    I'll probably post more when the TB is straightened out, but, in short, i thought it could've been better, but it could've been a HELL of a lot worse....the good: well, yes, i gotta agree with Harry...Affleck IS Matt Murdock...hell, Affleck is even the new Batman I've been wishing for since 1992...the guy who doesnt just nail ONE side of the Hero/Alterego coin....but both....actually, ALL things Daredevil in this movie....the backstory, the moves, the radar, the cane.....dead-on....and even though I HATE the last fight(but Im jumping the gun here), I thought Michael Clarke Duncan was a damn respectable Kingpin...he just isnt given enough to do....and, of course, Bullseye ruled. Especially the "fly" bit during the credits. The Bad: Except the backstory, and the "day in the life of Daredevil" section of the film, I swear, it felt like they tried to cram in too much too quick....and as a result, theres so much we missed, or should've been built on....but, again, I'll wait till the TB's straight to go into details...but, before I get prematurely flamed, please udnerstand...I have serious gripes, but in NO way did i feel like I wasted my 7 bucks. And that is a good thing. Revolution is my name.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Good movie

    by RPHSpidey

    I liked Daredevil, but I think it will not mean as much if you don't know the history of the character or if you have never read the comics. It just doesn't have the ability to cross over to the mainstream like Spider-Man did. But I thought it was great, definitely a good day for comic book based films. The character was portrayed perfectly, and the viewer's induction into DD's world of sonar was as good as you can get. I thought Elektra was a little flimsy but Bullseye was over the top. I am definitely glad it turned out well because it means more movies based on comic books will be made. Good stuff!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by Captain Grogan

    test

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Great!

    by Silvio Dante

    One of the most intriguing talkbacks lately, controversial DD movie...of course somebody has to fuck it up.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by Captain Grogan

    Uh guys - its time to let you ALL in on a scret - HARRY IS PAID to Write these reviews - by the studios - has been ever since movie banners have been appearing on the website. I long for the good ol days when Harry was honest in his film reviews - saw DD tonight - Batman, SPiderMan, Xmen, ANY Superman film - including the one with Richard Pryor - all better than this - want an honest review? ask a friend - want a better site for up to the minute news ? coming attractions. Want to see Harry get made fun of and me get banned - go to thefacer.net

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Thje eternal question

    by Silvio Dante

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Sorry about that

    by Silvio Dante

    I must be drunk out of my mind...I don't even want to scroll up and see who the asshole is. Most of you know that those long continuous lines fuck up the talkback...and still you do it? Thanks a yahoo.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Daredevil movie banned in Malaysia

    by yes

    Yup, bad news for Malaysians. The Malaysian Censorship Board banned Daredevil, citing it deals with secret societies, brutal violence and has elements that can incite chaos in a society. On the other hand, this description seems to be telling us one thing - This movie is gonna rule! :)

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Daredevil...slick, flashy, but...

    by manwiththedogs

    ..almost no character devlopment. Dont get me wrong, my kids loved it, and I dug parts of it to, but it seems to me that they should have spent a little more time on the Matt Murdock/Elektra relationship, it definitly felt rushed. The sleeping in the "Altered States" deprivation tank was cool though, as was the Bullseye/Elektra fight, Farrell's dialogue was lifted directly from the immortal death of Elektra story, cool.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I like the reasoning behind that Malaysian thing

    by Silvio Dante

    If Daredevil the movie can overthrow your country...well, good riddance!

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I must admit

    by SuperTooth

    I didnt think this was gonna be that good. I always planned on seeing it opening night, I just wasnt expecting much. Mainly becuase of Affleck, but also I was never really a fan of the comics. I change my mind. This movie was fuckin awesome. And I had never really thought of it before until after I left the theatre I was thinking how Daredevil was kinda like Batman. And now I see Harry mentions that too. I'm definitely gonna go out and pick up some daredevil comics. Any suggestions? I was wondering what there might be planned for a sequel?? All the characters that were in this film are the ones I was vaguely familiar with, so I have no idea who might pop up in the sequel. Any thoughts or hopes?

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Question about Daredevil

    by TheFlo2

    I am in a discussion with my friend on how can Daredevil defy gravity when he is only human. Someone help with this explanation. I have read some daredevils comics, but am not totally up with history of DD.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Actually, DD is better than the mainstream critics would lead yo

    by truthseekr1488

    I think the reason the mainline reviews (EW, NYT, etc) knock DD is because they don't seem to get the comic angle. Yeah, this is really a flick for Marvel maniacs. Some reviewers complained about similarities to Spider-Man and the whole generic superhero shtick, but obviously these are integral parts of the Marvel mythos, familiar to fans of the comics: the improbable secret origin, the unlikely rooftop acrobatics, the vengence vs justice conflicts, etc. I enjoyed DD a lot more than Spider-Man due to DD's darker, more brutal esthetic -- much closer to Batman -- and actually I never warmed up to Spider-Man's sunny goody-two-shoes ambience. DD is nasty and violent and Affleck plays the character seriously. I thought the cinematography was great -- dark, rainy, highly stylized. Bad stuff: the crappy CGI (let's have no more of this shite, go back to stuntmen. I'd rather see wires than bad CG); the occasionally campy humor (I chuckled at Bullseye and I'm not sure if we're supposed to?); the generic plot; a less-than-menacing Kingpin. Should be a fun flick to watch on DVD with all the extra goodies. Grade: C+/B-. (BTW, the X2 trailer was great but the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen trailer was BETTER!)

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:14 p.m. CST

    SuperTooth

    by Silvio Dante

    Frank Miller/Bill Sienkiewicz: Elektra Assasin. No DD in there, but ask anybody: worth your money AND your time...

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Yes, 'mistrmind' f*cked up Talkback by typing "flibbertygibbet"

    by truthseekr1488

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Well, at least it was funny, Mistrmind

    by Silvio Dante

    No, wait a minute, it was not, you dildo.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 11:12 p.m. CST

    I've always thought of myself as Daredevil and this girl I loved

    by Moriarity Report

    Hopefully this will be what Batman Returns should have been. Oh and I the talkbacker who spoiled Elektra's death should be dropped over Iraq. Mori Report OUT.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 11:27 p.m. CST

    X-Men 2 Trailer

    by TedTheodoreLogan

    This trailer kicked so much ass, i cried. i need this trailer now, but cannot find it. if anyone knows where it is online, please post.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Pissin' and moanin' rebuttal

    by CrackerJak

    Seriously, if anyone has a problem with this movie, I do not get it. All I can say is that Sam Raimi should watch this before shooting Spiderman sequels as should every director looking to shoot superhero movies RIGHT. My beef is with the people here who blast the film for dumb shit like the "unlikely acrobatics" and ask how even though Murdock is a normal human he can leap around and do crazy flips or whatever. Answer 1: The same way Jet Li and every other martial arts hacktor has for DECADES. I dont see anyone here bitching and pissing about how the effects in some flick like Cradle 2 The Grave are unrealistic. Of course they are. Answer 2: The same way unrealistic shit happens in ALL fucking big budget studio action movies. Dig it.

  • Feb. 14, 2003, 11:36 p.m. CST

    This movie totally and utterly sucks ass

    by TrojanFilmCritic

    Did we see the same movie Harry? C'mon, are you selling out now? Have to wonder after the bagjob you gave this clunker. There was ZERO story in this. This was clearly a movie made by and ex-MTV hack with the sole intention of selling a music soundtrack. I should have known the sell job was coming when Kevin and Bean (KROQ LA) interviewed Ben and then played this lame over-produced song...sort of a Bohemian Rhapsody for the Lincoln Park set... shame on you Harry. This movie is a tank job...maybe the DVD will be cool

  • Feb. 15, 2003, midnight CST

    This move made Phantoms look like Max Castle's 'Feast of the Und

    by Godardwhowhatnow

    Dreck. This movie is dead to me. Oh, and if anyone caught Conan the other night, how satisfying was it to see Garner get the intellectual smackdown? Apparently, she ribbed on him for using the word 'snuck', when harvard graduates such as himself should have known that 'sneaked' is the right word. After the commercial break, he whips out a dictionary and sets the record straight. Priceless, Conan.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 12:10 a.m. CST

    On a side note...Tiger Beat Superman!

    by JohnnyTremaine

    Dark Horizons reports that Josh Hartnett is 99% sure for being cast as Supes. The parties have to iron out the respective contracts. Woo-hoo. The teeny bopper Superman. Directed by the only man who can make both Ed Norton and Anthony Hopkins boring, Brett Ratner.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 12:13 a.m. CST

    News Week review !

    by Raptorman101

    Feb. 13

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 12:53 a.m. CST

    well, i just got back from seeing it...

    by DancesWithWerewolves

    Very good comic book film. I just wish it wasn't 96 minutes. I felt the beginning start off rocky, but it eventually found it's pace. Not bad from the director of "Grumpy Old Men". Entertainment Weekly didn't actually watch Daredevil. They actually said that Bullseye said the "see the light at the end of the tunnel..." line. If they didn't mean to say that, then they should just reword the entire sentence that contains it. Also, anyone else notice Kane Hodder sitting next to the Fallon character during the boxing match Daredevil's dad had to throw but didn't? All in all, i liked it a lot. Ben was good, but not anywhere near as good as Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Period. Daredevil: B+

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Also caught DAREDEVIL; amusingly entertaining in a goofy Michael

    by JohnnyTremaine

    Daredevil is one of those movies where as soon as you exit the theater and talk about the movie with your friends, the whole thing comes apart. Nitpick #1, how does a blind guy, even with super senses design a costume, along with matching accessories of THE SAME COLOR! Did he employ a fashion advisor? Nitpick #2, How do super senses allow you to leap 50 ft. between buildings and land on your feet every time? Nitpick #3, How does Matt Murdock pay for his Daredevil headquarters? Isn't he a pro bono lawyer who takes on poor clients? Nitpick #4, Is Murdock an engineering genius? How does he (blindly) design those fancy billy clubs? Somebody call Dupont or 3M. Nitpick #5, The filmakers couldn't seem to decide on a hair color for Mr. Affleck. In the beginning we see him with red tinged hair. By the end of the film, it is jet black. Final nitpick, for the sequel please reduce the edits and pull back the camera on the action sequences--I couldn't make heads or tails of what was going on once the fighting started.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 1:25 a.m. CST

    The Alias Chick Dies

    by NickFoley

    There is a God afterall.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 3:21 a.m. CST

    The X2 trailer was great...the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    by truthseekr1488

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 3:21 a.m. CST

    the fight scenes look like crap

    by winterice

    yeah, i watched Hero yesterday, and I thought the fight scenes there sucked, but I saw a Daredevil ad right after. Man, ben affleck an jennifer garner seem like little kiddies just playin around compared to hero. and the fight scenes in hero weren't even that great.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Good God this film was such a pile of shit!

    by Castor777

    Are Harry and Moriarty getting paid for these glowing reviews? How fuckin' horrible this movie was baffles me. Can I get a little fuckin' logic in this fuckin' movie, please? And Harry talking about this movie like it's perfect? Mind explaining to me Electra's introduction in the film? She walks into a resturant for less than a minute just to run into our protagonist and just leaves for no reason what so ever? And then, to show off her badass self she gets in a fight with a blind guy? Yeah, there's a brilliant idea someone must of had after snorting coke out of Affleck's ass! Don't even get me started on the action sequences - not like they couldn't have pulled away to actually show what the fuck was going on half the time. I feel sorry as shit I wasted my money on this because I contributed to it being one step closer to a sequel. Maybe if they find an ounce of originality and try something new for once. I'd rather watch Batman Forever over this garbage. And the fuck are people praising it for with the reason that this superhero is much more human and we can relate to him easier? Ok, perhaps in the comic books - but (SPOILERS) how is this supposed to be a more human superhero when, after he can sense Kingpin, can take this man 3x his size down in about 10 seconds? Wow, what a climatic fight that was. About a minute of fighting with 3 minutes of conversation. Colin Farrell, on the other end, was great in this film. It's great to see someone have so much fun in a role like this. Outside of him and the occasionally beautiful shots of Jennifer Garner, this film needs to be whipped out of my memory for good.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 4:43 a.m. CST

    this is why Marvel rules, DC sucks and I can't wait for more...

    by Skylord2

    Even my girl friend (2 words) whom I took to see it tonight thought it was great and she'd never even heard of DD or Elektra or Bullseye or Kingpin. She rated it slightly below Spider-Man but only because of her familiarity with the great Wall Crawler. -------- And seeing the crowd that came out of the early show and the line we were in to get in, this film is going to RAKE IN THE CASH. And you know why? Because even tho DD isn't a pop icon symbol on par with Spidey or X-Men or Supes or Bats, people now know that a Marvel film will satisfy even the most ignorant of fans. Marvel cares about their characters and makes sure that the Hollywood people that bring their treasures to life actually CARE about the story, history and integrity of charaters that are 20 or 30 or 40 years old. ------- You're not going to see DD or Spidey or the X-Men or Blade go the way or SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE or BATMAN AND ROBIN. Stan Lee, Avi Arad and the true fans won't allow it. ------- And dammit, that's a good thing. There are still people and at least one corporation that refuses to sell out for a nice paycheck and the quick stim. Marvel guards their treasures closely and because of that we'll be entertained for years and even decades to come. DD, SPidey, X-Men, Blade, we eagerly await return. Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Hulk, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, we eagerly await your arrivals. And dammit!! Someone get out there and give us a REAL Captain America film. ------- Long live Marvel. -------- Oh, and DAREDEVIL kicked ass, BTW. Ben Affleck, you truely deserve the Osacr next year. Too bad AMPAS won't even consider you. ------- And does X2 look fucking awesome or WHAT?!?! Bring on that loveable, BAMFin' fuzzy elf!! Woo-HOOOO!!!!!

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 6:28 a.m. CST

    wow. harry, meet reality. reality... oh, i see you've stayed awa

    by BEARison Ford

    "is daredevil perfect? well in many ways yeah" yikes. daredevil and elektra? one of the best onscreen comic romances? give me a fucking break. i can't be the only person to see all this as total bullshit, can i?

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Still keeping my vow not to post yet (goddammit, mistrmind....)

    by XTheCrovvX

    But gotta chime in...Daredevil, ok, but seriously flawed.....but even if the flick entirely sucked, I'd pay 9 bucks just to see that FUCKING GLORIOUS X2 trailer again.....is it online yet??

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 8:54 a.m. CST

    www.aintitcoolpropaganda.com...

    by CASE

    ...that's what this site should be called. erikchisholm and crazy_mofo got it right. These guys (the AICN crew) are either on the take, or are just idiots who have horrible taste. Also, I'm a big fan of Frank Miller's work on Daredevil. Issues 181, 189, 190, and 191 are truly great. Born Again is a personal favorite. I hope this movie bombs, so that I can remake it and do up DD properly; with Stick.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 10:22 a.m. CST

    It's a thumbs-sideways movie

    by Krillian

    The villians were an afterthought. The movie had too much origin and not enough climax. Elektra's death had no emotional impact, but why should it? We get a tease that she's still alive even though Daredevil would've heard her heart start beating again from blocks away. Ben Affleck was fine but he was better in Changing Lanes. MCD didn't have anything to do as Kingpin and COlin Farrell was a blast as Bullseye but his screen time totalled ten minutes. I would see the sequel but Harry's going to overhype people. It's okay. It's a decent comic book movie. But it needs a different writer and director for Daredevil 2. And composer.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Daredevil

    by J-Rod

    Hello all. I have been following this site for years and this is my first post of any kind, so please be gentle! In regards to Daredevil: I went to a late showing last night and despite the ingorance of the gentleman seated next to me, I enjoyed it immensely. All involbed nailed the essence of what this mythology is about. Affleck did one of the best pieces of characterization I have seen in quite some time. I truly agree with previous comments about his performance-you FEEL for him and his existence. You feel his pain, even in his sightless eyes, you can feel the anguish in him. However, I must comment on one point: If you are Joe Average and not someone acquainted with the lore, you may have conflicted feelings about the movie. It is very dark (yes, very Crow-like) and is not a "warm-and-fuzzy" movie. It doesn't have the adolescent naivette' of Spider-Man, or it's underlying theme (Great power, etc). It doesn't have the Mom and Apple Pie aspect of the first Superman. It is dark, grim, sad, violent, and it's main characters are complex, (basically) REAl people. Murdock has the same foibles as the rest of us. He doubts himeself. He wallows in occaisional self-pity. What sets him apart is his senss of justice. His desire to not give up. I don't know, to me it was inspirational. You know-everything against him in the world, but he still perseveres. I do wish the movie expounded more on some of the characterizations. That's what I really wanted more of. I think that says a lot when you are so taken in by the characters and the drama rather than the action in an action-adventure film. As someone who has collected comics for well over 30 years, and who always felt something for the Daredevils, and Spidey's and all their faults, it really feels great to see the myths done justice in live-action. Nay-sayers can say what they will about Affleck, but you can tell he truly cares about this characteer. He has genuine love for Matt Murdock as a character. He handles it with dignity and grace and does justice to it. Someone said not since Christopher Reeve has an actor portrayed a character so well. I'm inclined to agree. In both portrayals, each actor got to the essence, the core of what made the heroes who they were and what demons they battled internally. I will see this film again, but beware average Joe: If you're looking for a feel-good film, you will be disappointed. If you want a character-driven, action-packed fable told to you, by all means go view it. I think fans of J. O'Barr will enjoy it. Fans of Frank Miller will enjoy it. Just take it as the entertainment it's meant to be Joe Average, and you will walk away satisfied. Just my opinion, mind you.... -J.R.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Where the film went wrong.

    by Zarozinia

    I enjoyed the movie for what it was. While the film nailed the style of the comic, and the performances were acceptable (not great), I think I can pin the real problem with this film to one thing. ELEKTRA WAS AN ASSASIN IN THE COMICS! And DD had to fight her. Without that, the whole love story loses its edge, and is frankly lame. This is one thing that shouldn't have been changed from Miller's story. PS, I'll never believe another review by Harry, because the praise he heaped on this film is simply ridiculous.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 1:01 p.m. CST

    And here you all were complaining about DD!!!!

    by Terry_1978

    For shame, for shame on all of your arses....opening up in the middle of winter as opposed to normal summer...not ALL great flicks have to open before christmas and during summer. Sometimes decent ones like this sneak in. I can see how they were attempting to go for an R as far as the violence factor, but they seriously pushed the PG-13 as far as it could, and some of the scenes were actually almost R worthy. Affleck can emote, what can I say? If you post on this site, chances are you already know from the comics that Elektra dies(but have an inkling she'll be back), so don't complain about death spoilers. "cussin' colin" is a hilarious bullseye, and that irish-esque house of pain style song that intros him was one of the few times in the movie that the music helped the scene. MCD....might not be the same color as the Wilson Fisk we all know, but damn it if he didn't pull of what a live action Kingpin would be...an upper class socialiate with a seedy background who has no problem getting his hands dirty kicking some booty if somebody gets in the way of his empire. I will be seeing this again tonight, thank you very much.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Does anyone know if Elektra is forsure Dead?

    by 24rules

    Right after her heart stops we never see her again. IS SHE STILL ALIVE?

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 2:19 p.m. CST

    re: Does anyone know if Elektra is forsure Dead?

    by Defiant

    They imply that she is alive by her leaving a version of her gool luck charm in brail. There is talk of an Elektra spin off movie if this does well. As for how she could still be alive, my guess is ninja syndicate "The Hand" brought her back to life as she was a member of The Hand for awhile in the comic.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Does anyone care whether Elecktra is alive?!?

    by Castor777

    My interest level of the film went right down the tube when she came in. I'm sorry, but if you're gonna introduce a girl who can be a badass and we're supposed to like her - THEN WHY THE FUCK IS SHE GONNA PICK A FIGHT WITH A BLIND GUY!?!?!? Jennifer Garner is really beautiful though - and like some other poster said above, it sounds like it would have been cooler if she was an assassin and Daredevil had to fight her. I didn't read the comic books so I'm not too sure. I just wish this film did something new we hadn't seen before - which it clearly did not. I'm surprised by the amount of talk how people are praising the dark city shots - has it been a long time since people have seen The Crow or something? What a pile of shit.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 3:02 p.m. CST

    So all the critics hate it eh?

    by JacksonsBane

    http://www.dvdtimes.org.uk/index.cgi?page=CinemaReview&id=186&story=4111

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I didn't see Daredevil

    by pooh-san

    ... I just came here to talk shit, just like everyone else. This is a long-ass Talkback, yeah? What gives? It's not like this shit is Star Wars, you know? Anyway, I've got a really wicked cold. You know how you gotta keep blowing your nose over and over and fucking over? Where does all this snot come from? I can't believe my body's snot factory can produce this much mucus. Life is pretty fuckin' weird sometimes. I wish Daredevil would go kick the ass of whoever gave me this cold!

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 3:40 p.m. CST

    My review

    by Sofa King

    That's right, one more person is posting a rewview of Daredevil on this talkback. Of course, this IS an actual review of the movie rather than just fanboy raving or bitching. This movie was mediocre. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't really good either. Unless you're a fan of comic book movies, it's probably not worth seeing, and it doesn't even come close to threatening Spider-man as the best Marvel (or DC for that matter) movie yet made. First off, the performances. Ben Affleck sucked. His performance was hollow and lazy. In fact, the kid that played him as a child during the flashback sequence where we see him lose his sight and learn how to use his new uber-senses was a much better actor than he was. Jennifer Garner wasn't much better, bringing a somewhat childish performance to the movie. I remember watching some Daredevil: First peek show on HBO where they showed some clips of her talking about how much she wanted to kiss Ben Affleck's ass. That fan-girl attitude shows through in her acting, undermining Electra's character. Michael Clark Duncan, however, did a very good job as The Kingpin. Colin Farrell was also good, making Bullseye seem like a genuinely disturbed individual. Not in a cartoonish, silly way, but in a darker, more sinister way. Unfortunately, Garner and Affleck get most of the screen time. The movie's plot was it's weakest point. Simply put, they tried to cover too much ground with this movie and sacrificed coherence and believability in the process. Daredevil and Elektra's romance was way too rushed, making it seem EXTREMELY artificial. In fact, most everything in this entire movie seemed artificial due to how underdeveloped it was. Daredevil's internal conflict was handled is such a half-ass way as to make it laughable. So was his entire character. So was Elektra's. Good acting might have made up for this, but, as you probably know, this movie stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The fight scenes were, well, boring. Between their piss-poor cinematography and choreography that was so ridiculous that half of the fight between Daredevil and Bullseye had to be done with CGI (despite the fact that they're both supposed to be mere human beings ) the fight scenes were incomprehensible. It didn't look like a fight between two people, it looked like someone left their camera running during a train wreck. Final rating: 2 starts; see it only if you're a major fan of the genre.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 3:55 p.m. CST

    People that wipe out TBs...

    by AliceInWonderlnd

    Even crap TBs like this one, should have their testicles torn from their body and fried before their eyes with a little garlic and parsley, before being forced to feed them to their dog. I would write my comments on "Daredevil", but it would be completely pointless since no fucker can read them.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 4:06 p.m. CST

    "Time To Give The Fucking Audience Their Fucking Due!!!!!"

    by Echoseer

    My God... where do I start with this thing? First off, that cliche line wasn't even in the movie. I've got to echo a lot of what people are feeling... Affleck was so stiff and choppy in his fight scenes. The fights so damn weak... that's a Fox special waiting to happen: When Computer Effects Go Wrong. Inconsistent behaviour... I love how Elektra as hellbent on killing who she thought killed her father until she unmasked him... that was believable (yeah right). Their playground brawl was ridiculous. You see, in a Matrix or any Jackie Chan movie, the fights work because they actually put weeks of practice into them. You can't half learn something the night before shooting and then expect the audience to buy it. Don't give me horseshit and call it candy. Then there's Bulleyes... completely unintimidating... just the type of guy girls can take home to their parents... Farrell's portrayal of him...? Good lord. By just how cheesy it was, I could've sworn I was watching Batman and Robin. And Kingpin's defeat... he sounded like a foiled 1960's Batman villain: "I'm going to get you!! Grrr!" The only thing redemption this movie had was the sadistic nature of the characters. Bullseye's killing an old lady was crossing a line I never thought anyone had the balls to do. When Bullseye was pleading for mercy with holes in his hands, Spiderman or Batman would've left it up to the police, thank God that sadist Daredevil put him through the window. Be thankful for some chances to laugh. But the True Redemption was that there was a JUICY X2 trailer tacked on. You know something, somewhere there are a bunch of producers sitting around laughing at all of us because they know they've gotten away with the biggest scam since the Lochness Monster, Bigfoot and Canada. They hate us so much to punish us like this. I find it ironic that on a day symbolizing Love that a movie would premiere that was completely driven by Hate.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 4:17 p.m. CST

    DD is what Batman should be...

    by wschiff

    I enjoyed the movie greatly. In fact I will be seeing it again, I'm sure. What I enjoyed the most was the dark gritty vision of what its like to be a superhero. When DD went back to his place after expelling so much hate toward the rapist, he was an empty shell of a man who was falling apart at the seams. The pain, scars, the telephone call, and the tooth rung as truth to me in what a hero like this experieces every night he goes out. This what Warner Brothers should be doing with Batman: Year 1. The only difference is that Batman should be struggling to not go where DD was at in the beginning of the film. Where DD already went over the line and struggled to get back, Batman should be struggling not to go over the line. In DD, there were no characters I felt needed different actors. Ben, Jen and the rest of the crew played their roles perfectly. I did not feel this way with Batman. My only major complaints deal with the lack of suspense and transition between scenes. I did not really go to the edge of my seat during the show. This maybe do to the fact that I had read the comics long ago already, but maybe not. There was really no mystery or surprises in the plot. Second, the scene transistions (plot wise) were not as smooth as they should have been. I thought things were too jumpy and disjointed. The movie had really no sense of time for me. However, other then those complaints, I really enjoyed the movie as a whole. Probably more then Spider-man (at least the second half).

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Hey Echoseer....

    by Joe Cool

    Just what the hell is wrong with Canada? You don't see us dressing up a bunch of inflated "evidence" as an excuse to go pound the Christ out of Crazy Saddam for a few billion barrels of oil. (Texans and oil, it never fails...) That, and Canadians would never be caught dead making the pile of dreck that is Daredevil. Give that project to David Cronenberg; THAT would have made for a decent flick.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Rabbits

    by JimmyRabbit

    The key to a friggin' good movie is three words: Fucked Up Rabbits (FUR), I mean Donnie Darko maestro movie, reason: FUR, Sexy Beast, cool flick, why: Fucked Up Rabbit, 8 Mile : Fucked Up Rabbit, Gangs of New York: Fucked Up Dead Rabbits, The Two Towers: Gollum-eats-Fucked Up Rabbit.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Fucking hell! I can't wait till tomorrow!

    by a goonie

    Cuz I'm finally gonna see this sucker tomorrow afternoon. And after the great internet buzz and now Harry's wonderfully enthusiastic review, I can't wait. Plus, Alias is on tomorrow night. Which is cool.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Let's face it. When it comes to reviews of films, AICN aint exac

    by TriMister

    they have to give glowing reviews to mediocre and/or hackneyed stuff like DD. Let's just pray the studio don't make a sequel to this shite - All praise Colin Farrel - Only Good Thing About DD. C'mon, DD shoulda killed KP - pure made-for-tv melodrama. yechh.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 7:33 p.m. CST

    This movie sucks

    by Steal_Dragon

    *********SPOILERS*****************Tomb Raider was better than this movie. Where was the plot. And If Kingpin kills your whole family not just your target, then when he killed Matt Murdock's father, why didn't he kill Matt Murdock as well? That is one of the many plot holes in this film. Elektra was only in the movie for 15 minutes and what was Kingpin's objection in the movie. This movie is a rip off of Pulp Fiction, Spider-Man, Charlie's Angels, Matrix, and probably See Spot Freakin' Run. DO NOT I repeat DO NOT make a sequel to this piece of crap.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 7:45 p.m. CST

    A word on Owen Gleiberman.

    by a goonie

    Being an avid reader of EW for many years now, I can tell you that Owen has proven, on more than one occasion, that he is often an idiot. He certainly has done his fair share of good reviews (his favourite movie of 2002 WAS "Far From Heaven"), but despite his incredible vocabulary, the man constantly makes asinine remarks about various movies. This is the guy that gave the braindead "Die Another Day" an A-. He also loved Undisputed. Nuff said? The man cannot be trusted. Take what he says with a grain of salt. If you want truly intelligent, trustworthy (well, most of the time) reviews, then look no further than Owen's reviewing partner, Lisa Schwarzbaum.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Theory of Nickelcreedfault

    by Marcboy

    The movie is pretty good. Great points:Matt never explained out loud the sensory deprivation chamber/bed, Bullseye killing the old loud bitch Brilliant! Bullseye is like Francis Begbie on a badass roid rage, Matt's extensive collection of scars. Negatives: Elektra can jumparound a little too much like she has superpowers, Kingpin was totally underdeveloped, THE SHITTY FUCKING NICKLEBACKESQUE CRAP MUSIC! HOLY SHIT DOES THAT MUSIC SUCK MY ASS AFTER I SHAT DIARRHEA! All in all pretty good flick that does not need a sequel. Leave as is.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Just saw it... not too bad

    by SoonerSean

    I saw DD this afternoon and having been a fan of the guy in red for years now, I was most impressed by the cameo appearances of so many creator names. The John Romita bit was hilarious. I thought it was decent... could have been better (can say that about most movies) and Affleck wasn't near as awful as I had feared. I'm a little disappointed that movies like this are made for the teeny-bopper audience, but this one wasn't over the top and played well for guys like me in their 30's and my kid loved it too. Elektra was a little too "All American" girl for me - and her comment about having martial arts training could easily be missed - leaving non-fans to wonder how she's so damn good at the martial arts bit - especially when she goes on her rampage. Just a little more back ground on her would have been great. Only other major complaint is that everyone jumped around like they were Superman... way too much for just being "athletic". Cripes... people were leaping 60 feet in the air and landing w/o any problems.

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Daredevil: just saw it, it rocked and this site is really starti

    by Noriko Takaya

    Slashcode, Harry, Pleeeeeeeeease? At least then we can downmod the @$$h0les who try to stretch out the talkback (Ain't no page-widening-posts allowed with slashcode!). Toppu o Nerae and bring on DD2!

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 11:16 p.m. CST

    This movie rocked...plain and simple.

    by screenplaywriter

    All you pansy-ass cry-babies who say it didn't can kiss my ass. This movie was awesome. Great characterization/not too much empthasis on plot/and quick and fast. Ben Affleck-delivered well as Daredevil. I think for being the fan-boy he was back in the day and still now he must've practiced playing Matt Murdock/Daredevil and it paid off nicely. Affleck gives a Shakespearean-Greek-tragedy-type feel to the character making him tormented, tortured, and at a sense of juggling "right" and "wrong". Jennifer Garner-Brought sexiness and flare to her part. I know alot of people bitched saying she didn't fit, but from watching her on "ALIAS" you could definitely say "There's Elektra right there!" Michael Clark Duncan-Needed more scenes and dialouge. I think with the last battle he should've shoved Ben out the window, but caught him and said "You'd think I'd let you fall so quickly?" or "Gotcha". I mean in the one scene all he did was a smoke a cigar and puffed. I was like "Come on, speak!" Colin Farrel-the best thing in this whole damn movie. At first he started off as uberly cool and and funny, then he got uberly insane and deranged, and then when he stabbed Elektra and hit Daredevil with so many things I was like "Damn, this guy is vicious!" Which he is. He kills people with pencils, paperclips, anything he can find just to make him smile. And stay for the credits cuz it's worth it. Out of 5 stars I give it 4. It lacked some stuff because it needed more dialouge, or a little more scenes, but other than that I rank it with my superhero flicks. 1. "SPIDER-MAN" 2. "BATMAN" 3. "X-Men" 4. "Superman"

  • Feb. 15, 2003, 11:25 p.m. CST

    DD . . .as good as bad can be

    by Moristal

    Well, I do have to agree that Affleck did a better job than I was ever willing to give him credit for. My problems (there are only 2) are as follows: Anyone who read DD knows that letting a guy get sliced in half by a train would NOT have happened. One thing DD never was, even in the immortal Frank Miller's hands was a murderer. He risked his life to keep criminal's alive. Matt Murdock would prosecute them after DD beat them into custody. Problem # 2. The directing. DD is following the alarming/annoying digital trend of Hollywood these days. TOO much of the city backdrop and the fights scenes were obviously digital. Every time a character jumped you could tell they were blue-screened. Give me some hard, less graceful landings. Show that a body gives againts concrete. The characters are ninjas not fairies.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Man....that movie was cool....

    by Dr strange

    I had low expectations going in but I was really suprised at how well made it was, oh by the way the trailers (X2, LXG) were cool as well.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Daredevil

    by DhaliClone

    It's not THAT good....

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 7:48 a.m. CST

    This movie SUCKS BALLS and so does Harry

    by FranceKicksAss

    Seriously, Harry. Wtf are you thinking. This movie is a real class 1 piece of shit. Ben Affleck is a flat moron. How can you give this stupid movie a good review? How can you pretend you love cinema, how can you pretend you enjoyed classics as Citizen Kane and Casablanca etc...and give this...movie (it hurts to use this word here) a good review? You're a moron, harry. I noticed you like superheroes, because they are so handsome and strong. I guess that's because you're fat and ugly, and superheroes are what you think you could be if you stopped stuffing your piehole with pizzas and nachos. I despise you.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 10:27 a.m. CST

    This movie is awful!

    by Dapo

    People keep telling me that Harry has lost his objectivity and always said "No Way!" Well Harry if you think this is a good movie you have truley lost the plot and I would advise you to stop pulling your plonker and actually watch a movie without your rose tinted specs! This movie misfired on so many levels it is unreal! 1. Almost all the action scenes were unwatchable! too fast too disjointed and too dark! 2. The CGI sucked big time, and why did they need CGI anyway, Daredevil does not have super agility so they should have no problems depicting his movements using stuntmen and wire work! 3. The fight scene between Matt and Elektra in the playground was just illogical, why the fight because he asked for her number and why is Matt showcasing his skills in full view of everyone when he is supposed to be a noraml blind guy?? 4. Joe Pants, what a waste of a great actor, his role was just so throwaway. 5. There is no real character developmentfor Elektra which is a shame as I think Jennifer Garner was the best thing in this movie. 6. The showdown with Kingpin was just blearrgh. What DID i enjoy about this movie? the first 30 minutes. Harry's reviews from now on mean nothing to me. http://www.dapo.co.uk

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 1:41 p.m. CST

    JESUS CHRIST PEOPLE! IT'S A COMIC-BOOK MOVIE FOR GODSAKES!

    by screenplaywriter

    It isn't suppose to make sense, it isn't suppose to eledge on things, it's just suppose to entertain. What you people don't get is: You're too serious for these things. You got walk into the theater, with your sanity at the door, and like what it is. The only three superhero movies done that are the dumbest are: Captain America, The Punisher, and Blade II other than that this movie is a good, good film. So what if he can leap like "Spider-Man", so what if it's dark and violent, so what if you didn't like the Kingpin's change of skin, or Bullseye's new outfit. It was fine, it was passable. You guys just bitch about the lamest things because like the rest of us we're entertained by superhero movies because we grew up on them (batman and superman). I mean this movie was a whole lot better than some of the "Batman" films and a little better than "X-Men" also. You guys just whine because it's not how you would've imagined it, or how you would've created it, but Mark Steve Johnson deserves credit for bringing it to film because if he hadn't. Who would? So what if he made Daredevil a murderer/born-again sinner, it makes sense. Tormented souls can change and be good, they just need some guidance, a sign to show them they can. His was Elektra and it worked. So what if the CGI was faky, there wasn't much of it anyway so why would you care? Yeah, I agree the last fight needed more fighting, but Daredevil had been through alot that night and you knew if he'd gotten a few more punches he'd been dead, or had his head crushed in by Michael's gorilla hands. So, go see the movie again and this time leave your brain at the door and like what you see because this film is a 3 star movie.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 3:36 p.m. CST

    well...

    by PolyesterRage

    i hate critics. critics hardly ever have anything GOOD to say about ANY sort of movie. i liked daredevil. the only thing i didnt like was that it went way too fast. i mean, elektra and daredevil banged like, within 2 days of meeting each other!!! good god! but, anyways...i thought it was a good movie. colin farrell was the bomb diggity. oh yeah, and then, how come like, when kingpin got wet he all of the sudden lost all his strength and dd regained hhis? that didnt really work to well. anyways thats it.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Fun movie, but best comic book movie ever?

    by BigW

    Not a chance. I went with a bunch of guys who like any movie with people beating people up, half liked it, half didn't. I was in the half that enjoyed the movie (with reservations). Invariably, those that liked the movie had read the comics, and those who didn't like it had not. Oh well, I'd love to discuss this with the other geeks here, but I hate when the talkback gets stretched out.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 3:53 p.m. CST

    since the TB forum is fucked up as always

    by imageburn13

    rite to the point: great review.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I liked it

    by CincyErik

    Once again it seems people expected oscar worthy material in a comic book film.. A comic that has a circulation of 50,000 (only number I could find).. People complain about the wire work? That it's not up to standards? Top wire work looks silly.. that's the whole point of it.. to have people do superhuman stunts.. I do think they fell in love a but quick.. but what the hey.. it's a comic book story :) Anyhow, I recommended it to friends. It's a fun escapist sort of movie.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Daredevil Sucked

    by penguinblooz

    I like all the people - the actors - so I was disappointed to see this flacid movie. The Corw, Blade, Spider-man, Batman and heck, even Superman III were better than this movie. Yes, it was funny, but unintentionally. The writing was bad, and the editing on the first major fight scene was atrocious. Still, I am glad to see it becaue it is fun to see Colin Farrell having fun. He shold have been Daredevil. Ben Afleck doesn't show the darkness that say Mchael Keaton did. But the romance? Heck, he practically tried to rape her on the street - and that passes as romance? Where were the explantions for her expertise. No back-story to Kingpin or Bulleyes. They obviously cut a half -hour of back story. Then, there are the rips from other comics. The kissing scene straight ou of Spider-man. The roof-tops mirror both The Crow and Spider-man. And, his witnessing of his dad's death was ripped from Batman. Sure, Daredevil is a minor-rate character in the Marvel pantheon. I have some. But this movie needed a better writer, director, editor, and Affleck needs to lose his baby-faced look if he is to play someone this bent on revenge. AICn, Harry, shame on you for this Hollywood review

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 6:44 p.m. CST

    IF ANYONE WANTS TO SEE THE NEW X-2 TRAILER HERE IS THE LINK

    by jon-e-blaze

    http://www.twiztidthorn.com/x2t.wmv

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 7:50 p.m. CST

    DD: A diamond in the rough...

    by sharondeitz

    Affleck nailed Murdock, but IMHO Garner was a complete misfire as Elektra. And was the story really about anything? Was there a plot? Where did the $80M budget go? I'm still looking for it. I'm encouraged to read that Kevin Smith may get scripting duties for the sequel. Daredevil deserves a story with dense layers of plot and character. I enjoyed Daredevil for what it was, a Cliff's Notes of the comic book, but it has the potential to be so much more.

  • Feb. 16, 2003, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Daredevil rules! Harry is dead on!

    by a goonie

    Ripped straight from the pages of a comic book, Mark Steven Johnson's big-screen adaptation of "Daredevil" is nothing short of amazing. From its in-depth examination of the loneliness that plagues the superhero to its incredibly well-choreographed fight sequences, the movie manages to be extremely moving while providing the viewer with intelligently adventurous entertainment. Ben Affleck is wonderful, as are both Jenny Garner and Jon Favreau, but it is Colin Farrell who seems to be having the most fun as he kills people with peanuts and paper clips. Ericson Core's photography is absolutely amazing. This is quite possibly the best-LOOKING comic book movie ever made. MSJ's screenplay wisely spends more time with the characters and with its own exploration of a superhero's existence than it does with the action sequences. His composition pays homage to the various panels of a DD comic book. The love story is sweet and effective. And the issues of faith and morality are well-handled. This is, quite simply, one of the great comic book movies. Small and intimate, "Daredevil" is a real gem.

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Daredevil was horrible

    by billb3771

    I am a new participant in TalkBack. I have read Aint-It-Cool News for quite some time and have more or less always agreed with Harry's observations and analysis on film. I have to break my silence and write today to tell him I strongly disagree with his Daredevil review. I don't consider myself a fanboy. I enjoyed the Frank Miller/Daredevil/Elecktra series immensely when I was younger and looked forward to seeing this story on film. I was quite OK with the Affleck/Garner/Duncan/Farrell casting and went into the film with an open mind. I think that I can sum up the failure of this film in three words: Mark Steven Johnson. His screenplay dialogue was embarrassing, the direction seemed disjointed, the love story bland, and the CGI laughable. Ten points: *Spiderman vs. Daredevil. Spiderman succeeded where this film failed. Why? Sam Raimi is an accomplished, talented director. Johnson is a hack. *PG-13. Was there every a comic book story that needed to be "R"? This was it. *Show Daredevil as a child "learning" to use his powers. When a child gets out of a hospital bed and then, in the next scene, does a back flip to floor a local bully drew laughs from the audience I watched the film with. *Daredevil and Elecktra "courting" scene in the playground? Give me a f%$*ing break! She meets a blind guy in a restaurant and immediately begins sparring with him in front of onlookers and kids? *If I hear one more nu-metal song in a comic book film I am going to gag. *Daredevil's superhuman abilities. His swinging from building to building was WAY over the top. He's supposed to be the HUMAN superhero a la Batman. *The action sequences. The bar room fight and the Bullsye/Daredevil church organ scene were really bad. I've seen better effects in an episode of Power Rangers. *Colin Farrell continues to prove that this guy can work magic with ANYTHING. Truly magnetic performance. *Miller's comic book worked because it humanized Daredevil. This movie failed to grasp that element of the book. And finally, Harry praises this piece of crap and lambasts Gangs of New York? Please.

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Part 1 DD 127,310 kb on Kazaa

    by RenaudMan

    Daredevil Part 1 - avi file 127,310 kb... I suspect,that part 2 is - avi file 132,934 kb but not sure... the rest all fake files ,specially that full movie file... some fake DD files 127,328 kb - 220,301 kb

  • I've never posted on here. I've never considered myself a fanboy or had anything against Ben Affleck or AICN. Before tonight i hadn't even signed up to be able to use talk back. But my god, im living in bizarro world or something reading all the reviews from people saying they loved this movie. It was horrible. I don't even know where to begin pointing out the flaws in this movie. This is a bad action movie with Daredevil stamped across the front. When Murdock first gets his powers, not by saving someone from a truck with chemicals but just out of dumb luck after seeing his dad doing spoiler type things, you begin to see who he is. But for some reason, it stops there and skips to him a couple of weeks or so later doing kick flips to the local bullies? Ok, put that one aside. He sleeps in a water coffin. It helps him to sleep, with his powers and all. That makes sense i guess. But then he meets Elektra and decides instead of helping someone screaming on a street nearby, he's gonna go get laid. So he ends up at her place making sweet love by the fire. Well screw the water coffin idea i guess. And who is Kingpin. I've read the comics so i know a bit of his past, but the movie COMPLETELY skips past this. Now you've just got some big black guy who your told is powerful. The only background you get from Kingpin. "I'm from the bronx." Are you friggin kidding me?? No wait, it gets better. So Daredevil goes up against Bullseye. I gotta give props to Colin Farrell for doing what he could with this role. He did his best to save a sinking ship. But Bullseye is not a guy who misses. Yeah, i can understand missing once going up against Daredevil. But damn, bullseye's misses total somewhere near fifty by the end of the final showdown between him and Daredevil. I mean the guy's name is friggin BULLSEYE. You can't be called Bullseye and then not be able to hit a guy five feet away because he's doing some backflips. Well I guess you can if you have a terrible script. Please, don't listen to Harry. He's getting kickbacks for good reviews. It's the only thing that makes sense. Ben, you've just killed Daredevil like Clooney killed Batman. Thanks.

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 5:32 a.m. CST

    spot on review!

    by jumpingthegun

    This movie was everything i wanted it to be! It had it all, from the gritted teeth to the flying paper clips. Well done lads!

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I really enjoyed Daredevil

    by Hjermsted

    These characters don't mean quite as much to me as Batman or X-Men characters do, but I read Daredevil during the Miller years and thought the issues were cool. Aside from some minor historical tweaks to the storyline, I found Daredevil to be very true to what I remember from the comic books. My only complaints: A) the theater I saw the film in had a weak bulb in the projector making a lot of the night fighting hard to follow (I predict this movie will look really good on DVD, tho); and B) This should have been an R rated movie like Blade rather than a PG-13 movie like Spider-Man. Then the filmmakers could've left in all the stuff they had to trim to waterdown the movie for the censors (again... wait for the DVD, it will be cool to see this missing footage). --mattro

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 6:33 p.m. CST

    more praise for DD

    by feel good hit

    Well, the "OH SO COOL" franchise,that is comic book adaptations, continues to thrive. And thankfully for the better. Friday night, BANG!!!!!!!! double whammy. The new X-men trailer in widescreen, then DUN DUN DUN. Can Affleck pull this off. Of course he can. But only just. Golden boy Ben reverts back to the dry witted arrogance that has made so many Kevin (nice cameo) Smith scripts shine. Its not without its flaws, (although, i think Mr Real Fett was way out of line with the "JUDGE DREADD WAS BETTER CRACK" did he watch the aforementioned Danny Cannon piece of shit)yes, Wilson Fisk should have remained a white character, (although Mr Duncan does pull it off with a shit load of menace, and manages to shake that "BIG GUY FROM GREEN MILE" image) and yes, maybe the casting is a bit off par, and the direction leaves alot to be desired, (although at least this director makes Stan the mans cameo noticable) but it's still a fantastic adaptation of a very human story. And kudos to billb 3771, yes this whole nu-metal fiasco is getting crap aint it. You'd think nickleback were the best band on the planet (whats the betting they show up on the X2 or Hulk soundtracks)BOn Jovi wannabes. Oh yeah, and Mr jimmy Rabbit, Jim Broadbent should be fucked should he? i noticed in your analagy that you quoted paul verhoeven as one of hollands finest purveyors of film, "SHOWGIRLS" anyone? but thats another story. For that onslaught, you deserve to wait until march 20 for "THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR"

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 6:36 p.m. CST

    music from daredevil commercial

    by Mello1

    Hi, First post! In the commercial there is a little piece of techno music, (when daredevil swings up to the ceiling fan) does anyone know the name of the track or who the artist was that made it? It's not on the soundtrack & I haven't been able to find any info on the daredevil website. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 10:09 p.m. CST

    This should be called....

    by Cognizant

    "A Fat Man's Love Letter to a Pedestrian Film". I'm not sure if Harry's standards have lowered THIS immensely, or if he is having some sort of midlife crisis, but this is really NOT a good film. You can check out my review on http://www.geeklives.com/reviews/ , but man, he talks it up like the second coming of Christ.

  • Feb. 17, 2003, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Daredevil has NO PLOT, characters had NO DEPTH, superpowers make

    by Ted Striker

    Seriously, it's no wonder Daredevil is not mainstream. Marvel has done pretty well the last couple years, which is why it's easy to forgive them for Daredevil. I know the Daredevil story, have read a few comics, but I never really "got" what he was about, and I think most people probably feel the same because he's never been mainstream. He's a bit like Batman (vigilante), but I didn't feel his pain in this movie, and his gadgets and superpowers really don't make much sense. One of my biggest gripes -- where does he get his superstrength? Yes, his four other senses are now "super," but how is he able to climb walls and dive off buildings, when apparently he has trouble 'seeing' unless it's raining? I can't stand movies that allow kungfu wire-fighting among the villains without showing why it's able to happen. Yes, I like awesome fight scenes, such as Matrix where they explain the ability to ignore the laws of physics, or even Jackie Chan movies that are damn creative while allowing the laws of gravity to be maintained, but why can Bullseye, Electra, Kingpin, and Daredevil all do superhuman things? Why would a blind man (who is a secret crimefighter at night, driven by revenge, mind you) walk down the street and without reason start fighting in open public with an attractive woman he might be interested in? That scene was good eye-candy, but what is the purpose? Purpose. What is the purpose of the movie? There is no plot. If this is an Intro Movie, they rushed the whole "how I got my super powers" in the first 10 minutes. And then, not much happens. Okay, we learn how he got his powers, there's a pretty girl who is the daughter of a Kingpin associate, and Kingpin tries to kill them. That's it. Oh, probably the most interesting story of the journalist trying to hunt down Daredevil goes to waste. The movie sort of plods along with no direction, with only it's poorly drawn characters (and odd love story) to drag it along. Humor. Not much in this movie -- Murdock's lawyer partner was there basically to crack jokes, but for the rest of the movie, it took itself too seriously. I didn't want to take this movie 'too seriously,' but it was trying so hard that I felt I had to try as well. There was alot of death scenes in the movie, but with so little character development, with so little acting, why should we care, especially when the movie WANTS us to care so badly. Soundtrack. It's all over the map, and mostly relies on heavy metal (a.k.a. "butt rock") to supply back ground to action scenes. Bad, bad choice. Then there is angelic singing in the background during love scenes. Huh? I've liked Ben Affleck in his last couple movies, Changing Lanes and Sum of All Fears, but he just didn't seem to be a good brooding vigilante. He's too preppie for the part. Bullseye steals the movie, though Kingpin was good as well for as little as he was in the movie. Elektra is just eye candy, and there's no real chemistry felt between her and Affleck, none that I could sense anyway. For me, I was disappointed. Too much style over substance, lackluster soundtrack, plodding story line, and ill conceived characters made it hard to sit through at times. There were some good special effects and action scenes, but we all know it takes more than that to be a great superhero movie.

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Here come the posers!!

    by Impeach Bush

    Aside from some cornball dialogue (specifically in the first act), DAREDEVIL ROCKED! You dogshit posers just want to jump on Fat Bastard Harry just because he seems to actually still take pleasure in watching movies while you take pleasure in whipping on him. Pathetic. Still, Harry's "Star Trek Nemesis" review was WAAYYY off base. It was a pretty damn cool sci-fi actioner. I suspect it was just Trek's turn to take an ass-whupping and y'all just went apeshit. Going to see DD again just to cheese you monkeys off....

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Daredevil: dreadful.

    by supergeordie

    Sorry to all of you guys out there who liked this film, including the resident reviewers on this site, but I went to see daredevil last night and i was really disappointed to find that it was utter crap. No, wait, actually there were some good bits in the film, and the first 20 minutes or so really set the film up well, I even felt the bit before the bar fight where he started swinging his billy clubs around as he was dressing was cheesy but passable. The fight scenes were okay but over-edited in my opinion. However, the film went from being possessed of real potential to complete pap upon the arrival of Elektra into the film; SLO MO entrance into the cafe?!!! A love scene ending with a shot of a smouldering log fire?!!!! Dialogue that George Lucas would be ashamed of?!! Gawd!! The fact is the script at that point was contrived, ill concieved, and awkward. Not that I am criticising Ben Afflek or Ms Garner, in fact I thought they like all of the actors were quite well cast, it's just the dialogue took such a catastrophic nose dive into cheese land that it spoilt the rest of the film for me big style. I think if you took individual moments of this film you would justifiably argue it looked impressive, and I actually though that ben Afflek played Matt Murdock with brilliance and was truly convincing in all departments that didn't need the script. I even thought the costume looked great on screen and was converted by the approach that had been adopted. However, impressive moments aside, what joined these isolated moments together was awful and totally unconvincing. So much so that I couldn't justifiably continue to suspend my disbelief and really get into the world of this daredevil even though i really, really wanted to. And with that said, much as I love this site, i was a little disappointed with the film given all of the positive reviews that I'd read here. I just hope that Hulk doesn't follow this quality, nor any other superhero movie to come. We're just one set of rubber nipples away from seeing super movies dropped dead again, and this one nearly had a few!!!

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 10:51 a.m. CST

    HARRY KNOWLES is a HOMOSEXUAL

    by hippiechick9458

    DareDevil was all about watching Ben Affleck's "perfect ass". At least it was for HARRY KNOWLES and that's why he loved this movie so much. These days the world knows that it's a beautiful thing to be gay. Harry why don't you just come out of the closet? It's ok to let the world know that HARRY KNOWLES IS A HOMOSEXUAL. You could change the name of this site to "Ain't It Gay News".

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 11:12 a.m. CST

    daredevil has bad writing

    by hippiechick9458

    daredevil has bad writing

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 11:14 a.m. CST

    HARRY KNOWLES IS A HOMOSEXUAL

    by hippiechick9458

    DareDevil was all about watching Ben Affleck's "perfect ass". At least it was for HARRY KNOWLES and that's why he loved this movie so much. These days the world knows that it's a beautiful thing to be gay. Harry why don't you just come out of the closet? It's ok to let the world know that HARRY KNOWLES IS A HOMOSEXUAL. You could change the name of this site to "Ain't It Gay News".

  • Feb. 18, 2003, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Saw it again... and now I think it's awful

    by sharondeitz

    So much for my thinking DD was a diamond in the rough. Eeesh. I'll be a little surprised if this film becomes a franchise. I can't say enough what a mistake it was to cast Jennifer Garner not to mention include Elektra in the script. Couldn't Johnson have waited to put her in the sequel? And Kingpin... gawd. So much potential, but little execution. The story wasn't really about anything. I won't waste anymore time or $$$ on this film.

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Daredevil Rocks!!

    by Alisong

    I thought the movie was nothing short of amazing. Ben Affleck completely suprised me as Matt Murdock. I felt for Matt Murdock, despised him at times for his actions. I love that he was the man without fear, yet was very vulnerable. His insecurities almost outweighed his stregnth, which Affleck brought beautifully to the screen. Jennifer Garner, oh I cannot say enough great things about her. She walked into frame and the guy next to me had to pick his jaw up from the floor as he turned and said, "she is stunning". She backs up her looks with amazing acting. I swear, when she said "stay with me," I got chills. Another scnee that just struck me, was when Elektra put the umbrella over her face at the funeral. Maybe it was Evenescence's song mixed with it, but I found that completely depressing, and very very moving. Lastly, one of the themes of Daredevil is how to get justice without revenge. I have to again give props to Benn Affleck for bringing this concept to life.

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 5:45 p.m. CST

    spuuuuuuu on y'all

    by umpaloompa

    I won't fool myself into thinking that anyone will read this, what a whole five days after the movie came out, but what the hell. . . It seems fairly obvious why all the fanboys and wankers on this site get so emotional and weepy about this movie. No man in spandex will ever give you the woody that Christopher Reve did, or even Val Kilmer for that matter. Why? Because you are older now than you were when you say those movies. Your hormones at the time have left you with a nostalgic love for those early comic movies that are, in fact, as bad or worse than this one. DD was slightly more "grown-up" and had slightly better effects than Spiderman. The emotional bile directed at this movie MUST come from repressed homo-nostalgia for that which you can never get back. I would place it just under X-men (but above Spiderman) as an overall picture. The one thing that is undeniable is that Jennifer Garner (in spite of the perverse cretinous idea that she ought not to have been in the film) is concrete evidence of the divine nature of humankind. (see the posted photos from the premeire of this picture, and if you still find flaws you need to have your eyes and genitals cut out because you are an abortion) PS: THIS MOVE IS BASED ON A COMIC BOOK--ABOUT A BLIND GUY WHO DRESSES UP IN A TIGHT RED COSTUME WITH LITTLE HORNS ON HIS HEAD--NOTHING MORE.

  • Feb. 19, 2003, 6:18 p.m. CST

    one more thing. . .

    by umpaloompa

    I'M GLAD HE KILLS PEOPLE. I DON'T CARE IF THE COMIC BOOK CHARACTER WOULD "NEVER" KILL. KILLING IS A VERY VERY GOOD THING IN MOVIES. IT ALSO SERVES AS A NICE DEVICE TO SHOW CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I.E. HE'S LEARNED NOT TO KILL BY THE END. BUT I SAY LET'S HAVE LOADS OF KILLIN' FROM NOW ON!

  • A Totally Insane And Unfair Review Of Daredevil By Someone Who Has Not Actually Seen The Film Daredevil is the best film ever made. I normally feel Ben Affleck is to acting what a big uncomfortable wood chair is to acting. His general acting style almost always suggests he is a clueless asshole with almost no sense of what character he is and even less sense of where he is or what actor and props surround him. Playing a blind guy who can't settle on one identity turns these weaknesses into stunning strengths. Not only that, but given that as Daredevil he sports horns, the filmmakers were actually able to just use the real horns on his head he acquired as part of the pact with Satan he made to garner him his career and his relationship with Jennifer Lopez. Usually they have to digitally remove them but not here. Playing Matt Murdock, blind attorney and champion for the innocent Ben Affleck is an ass. As Daredevil in his red leather gayboy suit Ben Affleck is a big red baboon's ass. He is an ass. And not just in theory. In an actual scene cut from the film, Matt Murdock stands up in court shouting out, "Objection your honor!" Only to be shouted down by the judge, "Sit down asshole. Overruled." Jennifer Garner as Electra by contrast is hot and, ironically has a great ass. She would be worth the price of admission if it weren't for that blind dude constantly stumbling by mistake onto the screen in his leather S&M wear. Boo!!! Boo!!! Michael Clark Duncan as the Kingpin is much more tan than I remember the original character. Aside from that, he wants to kill Ben Affleck so he is okay in my book. Joey Pants is also in the film and is most notable for the fact that his name keeps getting shorter. As of his next film, his name is officially Jo Pa. That's a sound an Ewok would make people. It's over Joe. Time to go work in a feed store. Happy trails buddy. And then there is Colin Farrell as Bullseye. John Favereau plays Matt's partner in law Foggy. John is chunking back up. He can say it was for the role or who knows what other reason. The truth is he likes cookies too damn much. Stop eating John. Cookies made by Keebler elves are no substitute for love. Plus those cookies are tainted by evil elf magicks. They will damn you to hell. Proof needed? Say hello to the devil... Ben Affleck in a queer red leather and horns. Welcome to hell chubby. Welcome to hell.

  • this movie was cool - violent, dark, brooding and excellent portrayal of a 'human' superhero. The inner turmoil was awesome - when asked at the end whether Murdock wants to talk about his problems, ol' DD replies through gritted teeth - 'no'. wonderful. affleck really blew me away. damn him. and jennifer garner was hot too. and that e-mail kevin smith was writing was marginally disturbing.

  • Feb. 20, 2003, noon CST

    Currently at 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. That ain't good.

    by General Idea

    I give it a B-/C+. It was okay. Tried to be both Batman and Spiderman, but not nearly as good as either. Really not much story or drama, just lots of kicking and grimacing, a little sweet talk with Elektra, and a totally uncharismatic Bullseye. He played the insane bit okayt, but he just wasn't much fun to watch. Kingpin was even worse. The buddy stuff with Jon Favareu was good.

  • Feb. 20, 2003, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Daredevil

    by milpeliculas

    Check out El Bicho's and my tag-team reviews for Daredevil at maskedmoviesnobs.com

  • Feb. 21, 2003, 2:04 a.m. CST

    daredevil saddened me

    by kalibek

    Ive never liked any role played by Ben Affleck. I go and see his new movies hoping that maybe there is some kind of growth in his acting. Every time I go, i feel like two hours have been drained out of me. THE ONLY TIME HE IS BEARABLE ON SCREEN, IS WHEN HE ISNT SPEAKING (or being shot at)! So you can imagine my dismay when I heard he took on the title role of Daredevil. When you see him try to act righteous when he is arguing with his friend at the coffee shop about doing pro-bono work, or when he is in the bar and he is asked, "What do you want?" and he answers in a voice that seems like he just sat on a cucumber a little too fast, it makes me roll my eyes. Doesn't anybody realize that he sucks as an actor. Sure he won an academy award, FOR WRITING. Which begs the question, who really wrote the bulk of that movie, Ben or Matt? Putting that aside and going back to DD, the only part of that movie that was actually enjoyable was watching Bullseye, and everyone knows that. MCD doesnt have the bad guy act down, you can see that he is just a really nice guy, but he has an amazing physical presence which is what the Kingpin is known for. But Ben is ridiculous when you see him fighting with Jennifer Garner in the playground. How often do you see a gorgeous woman and a blind guy fighting, flipping and balancing on a see-saw? And of course i know its just a movie, but come on, couldnt the producers have invested in an abdominizer for Ben? The rest of the bunch is tight and toned (except for MCD who is just massive) and you see Ben in his costume or daily clothes and it looks like he just got back from a all night bender and is retaining water. What the hell! btw, who the hell wrote this crap? ive read better things on the walls of a bathroom stall.

  • Feb. 22, 2003, 11:49 a.m. CST

    For this non-Daredevil comic book reader, the movie was a blast.

    by Darth Stitch

    Comics are HIDEOUSLY expensive in my part of the planet so I usually end up buying them when they're on sale. As a result, I avoid a lot of the Marvel titles, especially the ones with the gajillion crossovers, requiring you to buy different titles every month. I read the one shots or briefly follow a certain arc - Batman, Preacher, Superman, Spidey when he's not being kicked around so much and Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan. I gave up on X-men after the nth alternate universe and revamp. And Daredevil? After finding out that the truly good collected editions (Frank Miller's run, the Guardian Devil stuff by Kevin Smith) were so far out of my price range that I would have to starve for a month to buy it, I settled for just reading about it in Wizard. (Now I know I SHOULD have starved and bought the damn things anyway...) I came to the Daredevil movie knowing just the basics about the character - blind lawyer guy somehow develops supersenses and fights evil. DD reminded me of Batman the way Spidey reminds me of Superman - they ARE reflections of each other, like it or not. And yeah, being a girl, I DO like Affleck, homoerotic subtext jokes in Pearl Harbor and other Affleck flicks notwithstanding. Heh. At least my gaydar didn't go off in this movie...(snicker) Surprise - I like the movie. I like the romance and at the same time I dug the kickass action stuff. Not being a typical chickflick gal, I usually watch heavy action, kung fu and war flicks with my bro. And this movie is now right up there on my fave actionflick list with Matrix, KOD and Black Hawk Down. So maybe it's not pure comic-book canon. But the movie works in the various comicbook elements pretty well, IMHO. It's easy enough to appeal to non fans and it encourages us to pick up the comic books and finally get the details on DD. I was chanting "sequel! sequel!" at the end - I've definitely been turned into a fan. And frankly speaking, I'm not alone in thinking so. So imagine, that's a whole buttload of DD fans who're probably rummaging in the comic bargain bins for their new hero.

  • Feb. 23, 2003, 6:15 p.m. CST

    SHANGHAI KNIGHTS IS WAY BETTER THAN THIS CRAP!!!

    by JP3183

  • Feb. 24, 2003, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Great Movie

    by QuietFlight293

    Daredevil was great, better than Spider-Man & X-Men...It could have been longer though, I would like to have seen more of the villains, and have seen more scenes of Daredevil prowling the rooftops...But tell me, did the reporter, Urich or whatever his name is, remind anyone of another comic book character named Spider Jerusalem? Did Elektra die, or live? And, Bullseye never got his costume...What the hell was that about? Well any way...I thought I should point out those things.

  • Feb. 26, 2003, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Once every five years I walk out of a movie...

    by Ben Dobyns

    ...and this one wins the prize! What a piece of garbage. The director/writer and cinematographer should be ashamed. Really swell acting and sound design though, it's just a pity that they had to work from a piss-poor script that felt like it was ghostwritten with a book on formulaic screenplay structure in one hand and a pair of rusty scissors in the other. I want my damn money back!

  • March 2, 2003, 7:11 p.m. CST

    finally saw Daredevil

    by cyber

    It was good but not as good as I thought it would be. I hope that there will be an R rated cut on dvd because this movie seemed like it would have been better if it was rated R. mmm... naked Jennifer Garner...

  • March 2, 2003, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Punchie song

    by Boris the Blade

    Did anyone else besides me start cracking up when they started playing the "Punchie humps the Pikachu" over Kingpin's wanna be cool shot over his building?

  • March 3, 2003, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Johnson can't direct an action sequence to save his life.

    by Grammaton Cleric

    He can't. I couldn't tell what the hell was going during that bar fight. Yuck.

  • March 10, 2003, 8:23 a.m. CST

    "how do kill a man without fear?"

    by afa

    why do comic book movies have to have cheesy dialogues?? "how do u kill a man without fear?" what the fuck does that mean? totally senseless...as if the original plan was to SCARE him to death but since he's so fearless, they have to come up with a new plan. i dont care how fearless or brave u are if i stick a knife in ur heart ur gonna die. last time i checked bullets and knives didn't need fear to kill ppl...

  • March 12, 2003, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Daredevil

    by Vicrocket

    Hey Harry, If I were to really "purse up my lips and kiss Ben Affleck

  • March 23, 2003, 4:08 a.m. CST

    I'm not a Ben AFFLECK fan,

    by Conan_the_Humble

    but I didn't mind Daredevil. Bring on The Hulk and X2. Cheers.

  • March 25, 2003, 5:52 p.m. CST

    This comic book geek says "BOOOO!"

    by Homer Sexual

    DD was just the worst. I love comics and enjoy nearly all comic-book movies, even the lesser efforts such as the Blade movies. Although they closely followed the classic comic story, even using some of the same dialogue, word-for-word, Daredevil was quite boring. I even liked the Punisher, a classic by comparison. There is simply no dramatic tension or suspense. The acting is generally bland and uninspired. Affleck is wrong because he just can't embody the tormented soul of Matt Murdock, and M.C. Duncan is the most huggable Kingpin of crime ever. Even Jennifer Garner was a letdown-she's much tougher on her TV show. Only Colin Farrell musters up a little enthusiasm for his part. The action is 'whatever' and DD's radar-sense is poorly visualized. Very, very disappointing.

  • April 1, 2003, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Could be better, but still entertaining

    by Scuba_Steve

    I went to see the flick with 5 friends. All of them thought the movie sucked. I liked it. It could use a great deal of improvement (development of love story, cinamatography, effects, etc.) but it was entertaining. Whether my friends will admit to it or not, they were also entertained. There wasn't much else to do that night, this was the movie we all wanted to see, and nobody wanted to leave the theatre during the show. I wish more people (my friends included) would just judge films on their entertainment value and stop comparing them to the best films of all time.

  • April 14, 2003, 1 p.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by NickFoley

    How the **** can you gush over this entire movie? The only good thing about it was Bullseye.

  • June 6, 2003, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Are you CRAZY!!!!!

    by VanityKidman

    You liked this movie!!!!!!!!! Normally I agree with you on your reviews but this time I'm in shock! I wanted to hang myself from the ceiling!!!! The movie had no point! I liked the beginning, ok I LOVED the beginning, seeing Matt getting his powers, learning how to use them, that was cool. But after that, the movie flat-lined. It was dead in the water. In movies there needs to be first a rising action, then the climax, then a fallign action. In this movie it rose in the beginning then it didn't get any better, when people ask me "What was the middle" I CAN"T ANSWER THEM!!!!!!!! I agree with you in saying the actors did a good job with their characters but the script SUCKED! There was no point, and hopefully the second will be better. I'm a sucker, I'll still go see the next one, hoping and praying that they fixed it!

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