There is real pain in "Daredevil," and I'm not talking about blind Matt Murdockâs (Ben Affleck) quest to avenge the death of his father (David Keith). I'm talking about the almost complete lack of cinematic sensibility in this latest superhero film.
There are two things going on here. The first is a nearly total reliance on special effects for everything. There don't seem to be any stunts at all, just a computer-generated Ben Affleck running and jumping and resembling one of those old-fashioned wooden gymnasts kids used to twirl around on sticks in the 1970s. Then, there's the badly choreographed and incompetently filmed fight scenes.
Putting aside for a moment the fact that we have no idea how, where, or when a blind man got all this martial arts training, the story follows Matt Murdock, whoâs a lawyer by day and a justice-seeking superhero by night. Now there's an oxymoronic existence. Matt turns to justice-seeking after his father (David Keith, who has more square angles on his face than Spongebob Squarepants) is murdered. Blinded as a child, Matt must use his hyper-active other senses to foil evil, which in this case consists of Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) and the man Kingpin has hired to kill Daredevil, Bullseye (Colin Farrell).
Some actors actually train for movies like this by studying martial arts for a time, but if the first confrontation between Daredevil and Elecktra Natchios (Jennifer Garner) is any indication, Affleck walked straight out of the Betty Ford Clinic and into his scene. At this point, you realize that Affleck probably got the part of the blind superhero because he was the only actor too inebriated to duck when the producers flung objects at his head. For her part, Garner is Affleck's equal in woodenness. Affleck fights like he's got a painful boner and Garner fights like she put a Maxipad on upside-down. Seriously, it looks like they're underwater, which only means that this failure will undoubtedly inspire the filmmakers to reach yet deeper into the bottom of the superhero barrel. Coming soon: Aquaman!
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