As a long term comic book nerd, and a huge fan of the Marvel cinematic universe and television properties – I wasn’t sure what to make of the proposed Street Heroes development deal with Netflix, especially in light of the history with those characters in film (Affleck’s disappointing Daredevil in particular). I was however pleasantly optimistic from the teaser releases.
I am breath taken with the end result. Vincent D’Onofrio is to my mind the standout star and an act of sheer casting genius as Kingpin. The menace and complexity in his voice even when he’s not on screen, and the cold, calculating and distant aspect of his body language, and the delivery of his dialogue, shows both the depth of his talent as an actor and the brilliance of his casting. As a long term fan of D’Onofrio – and a huge fan of the king pin in the comic book universe – I’m thrilled at the prospect of his continued involvement with the Marvel cinematic universe.
The sound editing for the series in general, from D’Onofrio’s voice overs to the audible representations of the protagonist’s enhanced senses is a triumph. It begs to be recognized and awarded. It is perhaps as integral to success of the series as the performance of any of the characters.
Also, Deborah Ann Woll who played Jessica Hamby in True Blood remains equally gifted as an actress, stunning as an aesthetic work of art, and for a moment, just a little bit more naked than she was in her prior works. Which after 71 episodes of true blood with a celebrity crush on her – has to be a acknowledged as part of the reason for my immediate fondness for the series. But as talented as she is, the show would stand as remarkable even without her.
In the interest of fairness, there are some rough moments in the dialogue. The visual effects have moments of awkwardness in the earlier episodes. There is a sense in a few corners of the production group finding its feet. But it does seem to level out (and up) as the story progresses
Review by sbucklar