Daredevil Season 3 is the first 10/10 entry being reviewed on my site. Season 3 masterfully dove into a broken and lost Matt Murdock after the explosive events of "The Defenders". Here we see
Charlie Cox's Matt, who has always been extremely strong in his faith, have it shaken to it's core and nearly broken entirely. His faith in God, his friends, his allies, even his purpose were all extremely tested and for the first half of Daredevil we see a Matt so dark and brooding you would think it were a DC show.
Besides the fascinating exploration of Matt, season 3 also introduces some key new characters in Ben Poindexter, Ray Nadeem and Sister Maggie. Ben Poindexter, aka Bullseye, was played to perfection by Wilson Bethel. He brought to life an extremely mentally unstable, deadly and skilled character who even put fear in the "Man without fear".
Joanne Whalley's "Sister Maggie" had the joy of having one of the most captivating story arcs. Playing Matt's estranged mother and who's reemergence fueled the fire that burned within him of anger and abandonment even more to where it almost consumed him.
Jay Ali's "Special Agent Ray Nadeem" was a great addition as well, playing a federal agent who means well but is no match for the will of Wilson Fisk. And speaking of Fisk, somehow Vincent D'Onofrio keeps making Fisk better and better. With a demanding performance that is so true to character it's scary. Fisk steals every scene he's in easily and we even see Fisk slowly turn into the character we all know and love to hate "Kingpin". Also, hearing Daredevil actually called Daredevil instead of the dreadfully long "The Devil of Hells Kitchen" and hearing Fisk called "Kingpin" is more satisfying than one might think. Seaon 3 also dove more into already established characters like Karen, Foggy, and even Karen's boss Mitchell Ellison, which was a nice touch.
Season 3 offered the most ambitious "Hallway Scene" ever done with a 10 minute long hallway fight that somehow put to shame the Hallway fights from the previous seasons. Season 3 had the most brutal and amazingly choreographed fights that we've seen, great dialogue and acting, and a flawless story line. I was so glad that we actually see Matt fall and manage to get back up unlike the other netflix counter parts, like Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Who also found their characters being broken, losing their way, but they never really found their way back. I'm glad Matt found his way back, thus giving us a complete story of redemption.
In all season 3 is a 10/10 worthy addition to the Daredevil Saga and I'm looking forward to the future.
Venom, sony's first spinoff of the spiderman universe came out with a slew of mixed reviews and I'm here to tell you that it's better than the bad reviews are saying but not by that much. Venom centers around Eddie Brock, famed San Francisco reporter. He sets out to interview scientist, Carlton Drake at his corporation the Life Foundation. Brock realizes that Drake is not the man he says he is, and his company is a lot more evil than how it appears. At the life foundation Drake is researching symbiotes and will unlock their potential at whatever and whoever's cost.
Tom Hardy did a fine job making Eddie Brock his own and seeing Venom in action was actually pretty great, when you could actually see what's happening. Big CGI fights at night don't really work out that well, like Transformers 1 and the first Hulk movie for example, so the finale didn't feel as satisfying as it could have been. But while Tom Hardy was great as Brock and Venom, the antagonist Riz Ahmed's Carlton Drake and Riot wasn't as good. He simply wasn't Riot long enough for us to really see Riot as a strong threat and his plot didn't feel like it was ever going to work. Throughout the movie Venom fought cops more than he actually got to fight Riot, and when he actually did get to fight Riot it just wasn't that good of a fight.
As a regular movie goer who is not a big comic book fan, Venom will be just fine for you. As a comic book fan there are some things that might bring the movie down for you. I myself am not a fan of the "Villain without the hero" movies. They have this way of taking a known villain and having him save the world, like Suicide Squad. Starting Venom off without Spiderman completely takes out his growth from Villain to Antihero. And in this movie Venom is just a hero now, a world saving hero who "only hurts bad people". Because of this any beef he has with Spiderman in the future will never reach the levels of hatred from the comics. There are more questions and issues I have that I have but I won't spoil it. Feel free to talk to me in the comment section.
"Venom" had a solid story, action and acting, It just didn't have enough of an edge that would have really made this a really memorable movie. In all it's not so bad but just not that good, but it is an enjoyable time at the theater.