Daredevil (2003)

I don't plan on re-watching Elektra anytime soon.

I don’t plan on re-watching Elektra anytime soon.

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson (well, this is his best movie, sad as that may be)

Written by: Johnson wrote the screenplay based on the Marvel Comics character of Daredevil

Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell, Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano, David Keith and Leland Orser

What it’s about: a man struck with blindness as a result of a childhood accident finds his other senses are greatly heightened and uses those abilities to fight crime as both a super-hero and a lawyer

What I liked: To be clear, this was the Director’s Cut that I watched.  It’s a bit longer and in some cases it actually makes the film better.  Most of the action scenes are decent, as well as the special effects.  The costuming of the characters was a fairly decent translation from the comic books, as well.  I liked Affleck’s performance, as well as Colin Farrell’s enormously intense scenery chewing as Bullseye.  It’s also a fairly dark comic book movie, and I think it was actually ahead of its time.  If this movie were made today, it would be of a higher quality with more attention paid to the darkness of the character, as modern audiences are more accepting of those themes than they were 10 years ago.

What I disliked: At times it feels like a comic book, and that’s not a great thing when it comes to the execution of the story.  Pointless scenes featuring action hero poses, and lighting choices that make no sense when you take into account the fact that the character is goddamn blind.  Some scenes are positively goofy.  There was also the sense that – much like Batman & Robin – the story was trying to cram in as much Daredevil history as possible which just led to it being somewhat scatterbrained.  If you’re doing a proper Daredevil movie series, you don’t introduce Elektra until at least the second movie.  Also, the music choices for the movie just reeked of attempted cross-marketing, featuring two flash-in-the-pan Evanescence songs.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Sort of.  It is a decent enough comic book movie, but unlike the Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy, it doesn’t transcend the genre.  All that being said, it is still a guilty pleasure of mine.

Rating: 3 / 5

See?  Goofy.

See? Goofy.

Get Over It (2001)

Everything is flowing nicely this week, good theme I think.  WHO DOESN’T LOVE HIGH SCHOOL COMEDIES?  Get out if you don’t.  It really doesn’t matter that none of our lives in high school were ever as awesome as the high schools we see in the movies, they still bring back precious terrible memories.  And some of you might think that’s my launching pad into savagely tearing apart Get Over It but no, I love this movie.  I acknowledge that it has issues, and it is certainly far from timeless and very rooted in the early 2000s pop culture.  Hell, Sisqó is one of the stars.  Sisqó.  Sisqó of “The Thong Song” fame and nothing else.  I’m sure there’s a Tumblr out there about how if you can remember who Sisqó is you’re fucking old or something, and if there isn’t why not start one.

Here’s something else that could be made into a Tumblr.  Look at Ben Foster’s head.

Does the shape of his skull completely look like the symbol for the Decepticons or am I just seeing things?  Seriously.  I can’t look at it without thinking he’s a robot in disguise.  This was one of Foster’s first biggish starring roles, and this is a fairly star-studded cast.  Look at all those tags, I completely forgot Mila Kunis was in it, and Colin Hanks and why was Melissa Sagemiller never a huge star?  And Vitamin C.  Man, I hate her music (outside of Eve’s Plum) but man, Colleen Fitzpatrick, if this were 1999 again I would so make an Angelfire fan page devoted to you.

This is a typical early 2000s high school comedy, though it’s fairly raunchy and I think it just barely skirts being R-rated.  It’s got the requisite updated Shakespeare high school play performance, wacky characters, crazy house parties, etc.  Ben Foster goes through a lot of physical and emotional trauma, and while it’s not as laugh out loud funny as I remember it, I still think it’s highly underrated.  Probably mostly forgotten by the rest of the world though.  Stupid world.

3.5 / 5