Review: Daredevil: The Man Without Fear: Man Without Fear Premiere

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear: Man Without Fear Premiere
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear: Man Without Fear Premiere by Frank Miller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So after years of procrastination, I finally got around to reading Frank Miller and John Romita Jr’s self proclaimed Daredevil epic. I’ve been meaning to pick this up ever since watching (and at the time – thoroughly enjoying) the 2003 Marvel adaptation. Let’s be honest, the movie was always a little bit cheesy and it really has not aged well.

At the end of the day, I’m here to review the book and I always try desperately not to compare them to their big screen counterparts. I only mention it here because it seems to have been based largely on this Daredevil book graphic novel and because I watched the film first so it’s very much overshadowed my enjoyment of the book.

I think, had I not seen the movie before picking this up, it might have gotten a much better review, but purely because I knew all the major story points (despite the fact that the movie is far from a faithful adaptation) I think it slightly dulled my enjoyment of the book. It’s a great read, and I enjoyed it from start to finish, but It’s often featured on a lot of ‘best graphic novels’ lists, and I’m not 100% sure if deserves it’s place beside the greats.

The art by Romita Jr is fairly basic, as per usual, and I’m not normally a fan of his art but I think it’s well suited to Millers body of work and it compliments this story and his vision well. Frank Miller has obviously done some incredible work in his career, but I do sometimes wonder if this causes fans to don rose tinted glasses when it comes to some of his weaker stories. It could, of course, also be because I’m not a huge follower of Marvel comics in general, and I’ve never really enjoyed Daredevil as a superhero.

At the end of the day, it’s worth a read, but I’d advise going into it with low expectations and that should improve your opinion. I think this book had been a little built up in my mind and it didn’t quite love up to my preconceived expectations.

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Top 10 Films of 2014.

I try to do one of these lists every year, but once again, I’d have to say it’s been a fairly disappointing year for mainstream cinema. I struggled to pull a solid list together this year, and I’m still not entirely sure about some of the choices on this list. I do wonder if this year, it’s mainly because I haven’t been watching the right movies, I feel there are probably a few hidden gems that I didn’t get the chance to see this year, but I’ll get around to them eventually. Suggestions are welcomed; judgement is not.

1. The Lego Movie

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2. Gone Girl

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3. Guardians of The Galaxy

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4. Birdman

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5. The Imitation Game

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6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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7. Edge of Tomorrow

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8. Interstellar

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9. Horns

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10. In Your Eyes

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Honourable Mentions

Captain America

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Wish I Was Here

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Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For the majority of people, the name Frankenstein conjures up images of of a large green hideous monster covered in stitched scars with large rusted bolts protruding from his neck; and why shouldn’t it? We’ve all grown up with Frankenstein as a legendary pop culture icon who has been through so many incarnations that somehow culturally we have forgotten his roots lie in classical early 19th century literature.

Over the course of time, Mary Shellys original story has been almost completely forgotten in a sea of adaptations which took a lot of liberties with the source material; the most obvious of these is that fact that Frankenstein is the name of the creator, and the monster himself is never named.

In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, we are treated to a very different story from the one we know. The monster is more commonly known as a simple monosyllabic Goliath who is breathed to life on the whim of a mad scientist, and stumbles and shuffles his way into trouble with the locals. Shelly depicts and entirely different creature, one whom draw life from the obsessions of a brilliant scientist named Victor Frankenstein, who creates this new life and then subsequently abandons it. The monster in this version is an intelligent creature who descends slowly into darkness and evil actions through the course of his loneliness and abandonment.

The book itself was an interesting read. I can’t say it was a complete page turner, but it’s a story that was clearly ahead of its time. It’s worth noting that this is regarded as one of the earliest works of science fiction. The story did a good job of sympathising with the beast despite his murderous intentions towards family members of his creator, and his creator has much more depth than in subsequent incarnations because he’s painted as a man who made the mistake of playing god, and then paid the price in blood.

It was nice to read the origins of a legend, but it’s not something I’d read again.

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