I started watching Netflix’s Daredevil last week. Three thoughts:
- I read Daredevil as a kid, but it wasn’t until Wednesday night that I realized that Matt Murdock is supposed to be “The Irish Superhero.”
- The Frank Miller/Dark Knight trope is really starting to show its age. Between Jane Jacobs’ Death and Life of Great American Cities, Canelli’s favorite article about plutocratic Batman, and this Wondermark comic about the true insanity behind Batman, I really can’t enjoy something like Daredevil without feeling like I’m watching some neocon wet dream of the perfect society.
- The fight scenes, though, those are pretty good. Here’s the hallway fight scene from the end of episode 2. Yeah, that one’s actually really good. That was a good fight scene. And I thought I spotted where the edits were, but, no, word is it was done in one take, you know, instead of just looking like one take. So kudos to the film crew there.
But let me break out of my bullet points here to address a sentence from that “one-take hallway fight scene” article:
The stunt team would only have two days to rehearse the Raid-and-Bourne-inspired fight.
Um, excuse me? Listen, I’ve never seen any of the Bourne movies, and I don’t know what “Raid” is, but I don’t understand how Mr. Sullivan can write this article and not even mention Oldboy. OLDBOY, PEOPLE! You know what scene I’m talking about. I mean, it’s a direct homage! Search youtube for “daredevil hallway fight scene” and then change “daredevil” to “oldboy.” Hell, when you search “oldboy hallway fight scene,” both the Oldboy and the Daredevil hallway scenes are the #1 and #2 search results.
Moral of this story: Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy is the most visceral movie you will ever see.
UPDATE: Oh snaps, I wrote this post, and then I found this video.
UPDATE to the UPDATE: And then I found this post at IO9.