A Not-So-Rare Repost

Alright, so you all know that I absolutely loved Daredevil, so when I found this post as I was checking out my buddy Chris’s new blog, I really wanted to share it. Perhaps I’ll make this sharing bloggers’ posts a more regular thing as I think promoting their stuff is nothing but positive. Check out what Chris has to say on Marvel villains, especially Fisk from Daredevil. If I hadn’t convinced you to watch the show, perhaps his reflection on the dynamic characterization might work. 😉

Daredevil and Jessica Jones: Complex, Dynamic Antagonists, and Why They Matter (Part I) – http://wp.me/p71chl-N

Antman: Action with a Side of Comedy

Great things DO come in small packages. Antman was terrific!

I wasn’t sure going in how it would be. To be perfectly honest, the trailer made me chuckle not in the oh-haha-that’s-funny-let’s-watch sort of way but rather the oh-dear-this-looks-so-incredibly-lame sorta way. And then I heard some feedback that the movie itself was cheesy, so I was thinking it would probably be a Redbox watch in a few months. But my younger brother was dying to see it, and it is Marvel, so yesterday my family drove off to see it.

It was not at all a disappointment. Marvel totally knows how to bring it!

Although the premise of the story did seem a little lame at first, (I mean what sort of awesome power is shrinking and riding on ants?) the movie was very well executed in such that it became an engaging adventure that kept you hooked. The plot was perfect for the material. It made Antman important and necessary, making him just as lovable a hero as Cap or Ironman.

There was a lot of CG and special effects that was necessary, especially since there were many scenes with ants working with Scott, and you can’t train real live ants to do what these movie ants were doing. There were also backgrounds and effects that needed to be created to fit with Scott’s ant-like size such as water droplets that were now as big as him, the horror of filling bathtub from an ant’s point of view, or walking through grass as if it were a jungle. The producers obviously had the money to front for this CG as it was done very well. The actors were also well-trained and equipped with the necessary skills for a positive cinematic experience. I think the casting was very well done. Every actor fit their assigned role. The storyline was very good. It had the action you expect from a Marvel movie, as well as the relationship drama emotions that weren’t overdone. There was a bit more of family feel as Scott is a divorced dad who really loves his young daughter and is willing to go to great lengths to get the chance to see her.

Antman was more comedic than most of the recent Marvel films, but it wasn’t a cheesy sort of comedy that interrupted a good action film. It just made the movie more fun. It was still able to keep a serious tone as necessary when taking down villains and preventing people from potentially taking over the world. Most of the lovable comedy came from the personality of the character of Scott Lang and his buddies. Scott’s a carefree guy with a solid heart who knows how to use sarcasm, can drop those funny lines during a serious moment, and has the quirks to make for a fun personality. And then he has his friends who can be over-the-top or simply comedic, but they’ll still get the job done.

With the action you expect from a Marvel film, well-done CG and special effects, and a main character that can’t help but make you smile, Antman is a definite win! It will be enjoyed by superhero fans, kids, and even parents who aren’t so much into “those violent things you kids watch these days.” It’s a lighthearted yet serious adventure worth watching.

That face. XD I will admit the helmet is pretty funny looking. XP
That face. XD
I will admit the helmet is pretty funny looking though.

(And the two credit scenes are wonderful. As any Marvel fan knows, you can’t leave the theater before watching the credits, and there’s two end scenes packed into the Antman credits. The last one made me squeal as I loved the characters who made their cameos. I can’t tell you who they are though! Go watch it and see for yourself! 😉 )

Success: Daredevil complete!

Alright, so I know I said I’d let you know if I ended up not liking Daredevil, but I had to pop in to let you know that I ended up loving it.

Dang, from episode 8 forward, the show just got so intense! And it seemed like the already good actors were improving.
There were so many twists, unexpected events, and scenes full of emotion. There was a point where I wondered if I should even bother watching the last episode, not because it was terrible, but because I wasn’t sure I could handle the intensity. Dude, it just got so good!!

I’m very pleased with how the show was executed and I look forward to season 2.

Augh, there’s so much more I want to say but… spoilers. If you’ve watched it, please let me know so I may fangirl with you.

Watching Daredevil

Alright, so I’ve only read one Daredevil comic, and that was last year, Daredevil: Yellow, and when I was about to dive into it, I knew absolutely nothing about him. What blew me away, once I did read the comic (which I definitely do recommend as a fabulous intro to this superhero) is the fact that he was blind but still able to perform his epic feats! He was simply amazing, and I have mad respect for the character. And then I heard of Marvel’s new series coming to Netflix this past April. Needless to say, I was excited, but also a tad bit disappointed since my family doesn’t have Netflix (which is probably a good thing since I’ve heard so many distraction-harboring-through-series-binge-watching horror stories). So when I could, I’d mooch off of my generous friends if they were willing to watch with me. So after all that, I’ve only seen a few episodes.

I like the show. I’ve liked how they’ve portrayed Daredevil and I love the casting. All the actresses and actors do very well, and I appreciate their talent. Each one fills the shoes of the personality of their character quite well. It’s as though they studied the part and learned how to be a new person. The special effects are on point, and I speak both of the well-done CGI and the talented stuntmen. But what I find most impressive is the storyline. It’s completely engaging, action-packed, has elements of drama as well, but isn’t over done. And I love how things play out within the plot. For example, and for the sake of preventing spoilers I shall attempt to be vague, in one episode a woman decides to let a man know she trusts him. Instead of dropping some lame “I trust you” dialogue, she passes his something silently to prove her trust. I loved the scene for that reason alone and it brought to mind that old cliché, “Actions can speak louder than words,” and in this case they did while also making the moment, in a sense, more intimate.

So, the show has great acting, great effects, and a great, well-developed storyline, but there is one drawback to the show from my view. With any action film or show, there’s bound to be violence, and Daredevil has a lot of it, but some of it can get quite graphic. It’s a little embarrassing (or maybe not so embarrassing depending on how you look at it) to reveal that sometimes I have to cover my eyes. Of course, it’s not for every action sequence, but there’s one specific scene that comes to mind along with the word overkill where I decided to hide behind my hoodie. I could very well hear what was happening, so I figured there was no reason for me to see it. Daredevil is another hero who wants to stay away from murder, so he doesn’t kill, but some of his actions seem a bit close. I suppose it would be nice if Daredevil was a little less handy with violent techniques, but that’s why he’s not my favorite superhero, just one I like. And I can deal with hiding from time to time, so watching Daredevil is still fun for me.

It’s thoroughly made, and applaud the director for a job well done. As I haven’t seen the entire season yet, I know some might think it’s premature for me to give my thoughts on it, but I think a TV show has to grab its audience within the first two episodes (if starting from the beginning) and needs to show its potential within the next couple. So, if my opinion does change at all after watching the rest of the season, I’ll be sure to post my new thoughts. Daredevil is another Marvel win, and if you have access to Netflix (I’m jealous!) and like intense action, then try it out!* Watching an episode or two won’t hurt; even if it feels like the action is in your room, it’s not.

Oh, and I did want to add that my favorite part of the series, which isn’t even about the storyline, is a recurring item in every episode; I love the opening credits sequence. The CG is beautiful. It’s all one color, but that simply makes it elegant. I find it amazing that a team of people sitting there can make such amazing effects for our viewing pleasure.

*I apologize but I’m not responsible for any binge-watching that might ensue.