What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is more somber and much more violent than Spider-Man, including many deaths. There are sexual references and non-explicit sexual situations, including a reference to rape and a sexual encounter between people who do not know each other very well. There is some strong language and some drinking and smoking.
What's the story?
Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is a lawyer whose father, a boxer, was killed for refusing to take a dive in a fixed fight. Matt, blind from an accident that also left him with his other senses super-enhanced, vows to become a righter of wrongs and a force for justice. Crime boss Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), who wants Daredevil out of his way, hires Irish assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell) to do the job. Jennifer Garner plays Elektra, who is also on Kingpin's bad side.
Is it any good?
DAREDEVIL may be another Marvel comic superhero movie rated PG-13, but it is a much darker story than "Spiderman," and parents whose 8 and 9 or even 13-year-olds loved that movie should think carefully before agreeing to let them see this one. The fights are very good, but it is clear that that is where most of the creative energy went in this movie. Affleck does not act very much, and if he did, most of it would be hidden by Murdock's sunglasses and Daredevil's mask.
Garner brings energy and freshness to her role, and Farrell is, as usual, the most watchable part of the movie. There are some fun in-jokes, including appearances from Marvel's Stan Lee and onetime Daredevil writer Kevin (Chasing Amy and Dogma) Smith. But the script is flat, mostly just space between fights. Sometimes loud noises incapacitate Daredevil, sometimes they don't. He is badly injured, and then he isn't. These are continuity errors that are evidence either of laziness or, more likely, some recutting after early screenings.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about why we don't take the law into our own hands. How do you become a killer without being one of the bad guys? Why, when most superheroes have fantasy special powers, is a character who is disabled so appealing?
|Theatrical release date:||February 14, 2003|
|DVD release date:||July 29, 2003|
|Cast:||Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Garner|
|Director:||Mark Steven Johnson|
|Studio:||Twentieth Century Fox|
|Run time:||96 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||action/violence and some sensuality|