Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts on Daredevil

Is Daredevil the Worst Comic Book Movie ever?

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60 Comments on "Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts on Daredevil"

RockmanX3
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I agree with Rob that the director’s cut is a tad better, but the movie is still silly.

I wouldn’t say that the movie is bland since Colin Farrell and MCD are great, but it is a bit forgettable in comparison to the better movies that came out in later years.

futuremoviewriter
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Kiss from a Rose was actually used in the tail end of Batman Forever’s end credits, so it fits!

futuremoviewriter
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He DIDN’T kill Bullseye though!

happymel
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Yay! I just asked for this on Tuesday! 😀 I actually miss the 2000’s music sometimes… Also, I really need to see this movie again. I have it on VHS somewhere. I think I was like 9 years old when this came out. I wasn’t paying attention until Electra came on screen and that was just because I thought she was fab. Hey, I was 9!

Jonathan101
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Superman might have Kryptonite, but plenty of other superheroes don’t- Spiderman for instance.

The reason for Daredevil being blind isn’t because being blind is meant to be some sort of disadvantage; it’s about how heroes can be anybody and how people can be underestimated, like how everyone thought Peter Parker was just a nerdy weakling. Matt Murdock is blind because you don’t expect a blind man to be a superhero, plus it’s an interesting set of powers.

Bass X0
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Spiderman has the Parker’s Luck. If it can go wrong, it will go wrong. Spiderman is pretty much the Marvel Comic universe’s punching bag – both Spiderman as a superhero and Peter Parker as a regular guy. He just can’t get a break.

Goat Boy
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I don’t feel like I need to watch this, as I already know what Rob thinks is the worst superhero movie ever, and what’s more, what he thinks of me for liking it, and what’s more again, what his response to this comment is going to be.

NostalgiaManiac
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Jaeger976
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They literally say right in the video that this isn’t even one of the worst superhero movies ever. Besides, they don’t really judge people based on what movies they like or don’t like. What gave you that impression?

Goat Boy
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Check out some of his Facebook posts on Man of Steel.

HMorris73
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I have a request for Real Thoughts. I’d love to hear what you guys really think about “The Monster Squad”.

Bob Silverwind
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“diet batman” is the proper title to this movie

Also…WHAT THE HELL IS THAT CAN ON THE COFFEE TABLE
…AND WHY ARE MY EYES ATTRACTED TO IT?

Cyborcat
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It’s a can of pressurized air–for cleaning in between the keys in keyboards and such.

I kept looking at it too XD

tsmith5
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The worst comic book movie ever was the spinoff, Elektra. Fact.

Unspecified
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Speaking of Ben Afleck…how about your opinions on Paycheck?

Voilà
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For the next Real Thoughts episode I would like you to talk again about Gargoyles, you made a review of it in 2009 so it would be interesting to hear if you have anything more to say about that show.

That cartoon deserve some recognition. And possibly a decent movie.

Luxoman237
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I have a request for “real thoughts” segement: – Space Jam (1996); I know alot of people like this movie, but I don’t. To me this is a giant tennis shoe commercial, and was Warner Bros. first attempt to “modernise” the timeless Looney Tunes characters. It angers me especially because it lead to really awful adaptations such as “Baby Looney Tunes” and “Loonitics Unleashed.” This film killed the Looney Tunes in my eyes, and they have never fully recovered (Looney Tunes: Back in Action is a better representation of the characters, but the live-action portion is strained at best thanks… Read more »
The Mysterious M
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I think his opinion on the movie is the same. But he said something about Williams: whether the movie is good or bad, Williams is always good.

Backhand
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there are blind people in real life that use echo-location and they hooked them up to a brainwave machine and the part of the brain that reacts to seeing this was lit up

I’m not defending the movie,it’s just kinda cool since CA is on the subject

The Mysterious M
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…Hopefully the Netflix series will be better.

Also I want your real thoughts on The Wiz, Space Jam, and Full House.

MightyDavidson
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They also got Daredevil’s character wrong in the movie. In the comics Daredevil doesn’t kill at all and it even led to numerous confrontations with the Punisher, because Daredevil objected to Punisher killing people even criminals. He’s not the sort to throw somebody across train tracks so the train can hit them.

TheRavenLord
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Yeah. That bothered me a lot too.
None of the character felt “just right”. There was always something a bit off.

I said Kingpin and Foggy where the two done best.
Bullseye was taken to the extreme and entertaining, but very different from his comic book incarnation.
Ben Urich was done halfway decent.
DD was okay in parts but a lot was done wrong, like the no killing part, his supposed “I’m not the bad guy”-arc (didn’t work) etc.

And the worst offender by a mile: Elektra.
God. Except for the name, sais, loving DD and killed by Bullseye they got everything wrong.

Lassope
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“In the comics Daredevil doesn’t kill at all” Ummmmmm, he doesn’t? Then what’s going on in “The Man Without Fear”, one of the most revered (as far as I know) Daredevil stories ever told? He tosses a hooker outta window from a tall building (something that haunts him throughout the story). Does the same to a guard, again a very high fall. Drowns and blows up two henchmen who did nothing. Makes a bullet ricochet back to the shooter, right between the eyes (although I guess you could call it self-defense). And that’s only the most certain deaths in my… Read more »
MightyDavidson
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Is that the same story in which Elektra is killed? Because I’ve actually read that story and I don’t recall those things happening.

I do however recall many confrontations with Punisher over the killing issue, where Daredevil specifically tries to take him down because killing, even killing criminals is wrong.

Bass X0
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I guess it could be said that movie Daredevil learns that killing isn’t the right way for him to solve problems only after he has done so.

Jake Jakuski
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Can you guys talk about Jurassic Park, it’s legacy, and what you think of the sequel coming out?

lobsterzoidberg
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Agree. The blindness thing in this movie is a huge problem.

Daredevil might as well not be blind at all in this movie.

MightyDavidson
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To say nothing of the fact that noise is his greatest weakness….except when it doesn’t bother him at all.

Bass X0
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So you want a movie based on the comic-book but without Matt Murdock being blind? How would that be accurate to the comics?

Jaeger976
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It doesn’t have to do with being accurate in the comics. The complaint is that in the comics, Matt Murdock’s blindness, weaknesses, and powers are properly explained and utilized, showing that though his other senses are heightened, he’s still blind and there are times where that becomes an issue. In the movie, he becomes blind and BAM, he’ got superhuman strength and agility, and not once does his blindness ever affect his fighting style (except for a few encounters with Bullseye, but that’s about only two scenes in the movie).

Bass X0
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Thats only due to the movie being much shorter than the comics. The amount of story in the comics has to be condensed for the movie. Especially since there isn’t a sequel. I think superhero movies work best if you are already a fan of the comics so you can transfer the knowledge you have of the comics to the characters on screen, even if you’re doing so subconsciously. We know Matt and Elektra are supposed to have a romance. We know Elektra is supposed to fight Daredevil. We know Elektra is supposed to die. So when they get shown… Read more »
MightyDavidson
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And that’s one of the many reasons the movie fails. They didn’t give us any of that information onscreen. Instead of actually telling us about the character in some meaningful fashion, they just do a cliff notes version of a Daredevil storyline and wonder why nobody is raving about it.

Jon McKenzie
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I know you two are brothers, but damn, you sound alike.

TheRavenLord
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Okay, some nit-picks. 1. Elektra Natchios name works in the comics because it’s a greek name and the character is suppose to be greek. But in the film she’s played by the very wasp Jennifer Garner so it doesn’t work. In fact, I think Elektra was the character they screwed up the most. Not only the character, but the relationship between her and Daredevil. As a swedish filmcritic and comicbookfan, Orvar Säfström, put it: “In the comics the relationship between Daredevil and Elektra spans over several years is in the movie boilt down to “Hi, I love you. Wanna fight?”.”… Read more »
itstheblueguy
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I’m gonna vote for Follow That Bird as a future episode of this, since we didn’t really even get the nostalgia critic’s thoughts on that, other than it being too nostalgic to beat down.

Geoff007
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Do “Artificial Intelligence: AI” next. That should be an interesting conversation.

Tom Smith
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There isn’t much from the Monte Christo movie that I remember other than it being weird, boring and bad.

And for some god damn reason the dad hanged himself. In the book he starved to death and it was a single line in the book, but in the movie he hung himself and it was a single line in the movie. Its like they went out of their way to piss off fans.

Jaeger976
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So the dad died in a different way. So what?

Malidictus
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Dat stereo “umm…” though. Daredevil is pretty well crap, but I still don’t agree with Doug’s obsession with “saying something new.” I’ve been hearing the same singular complaint for how many years now? “The movie thinks it’s saying something new when it’s not.” It’s like Avatar did something to the guy and now that’s all he cares about. In truth, the secret to originality is hiding your sources, when nothing is truly original. Stop looking for movies which reinvent the wheel and just focus on the quality of execution. Sadly… Daredevil suffers the most in execution. The movie has no… Read more »
Jaeger976
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“Daredevil fails not because it’s not saying anything new, but rather because it has no identity of its own.” That’s kinda what Doug’s been saying all these years. For example, he loves “How to Train Your Dragon,” even though he admits that it’s a very cliche story. The reason he liked it, was because of the exact reason you said: it’s execution gave it it’s own identity.

You kinda just reinforced Doug’s argument (though you may have worded it better).

DeTroutSpinners
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It’s kind of like the ‘Temple of Doom vs Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ argument. The latter is arguably less stupid but it’s also got absolutely nothing creative or original about it. Temple of Doom is ridiculous, overly dark, annoying at times and overall hokey, but these qualities also strangely make it really enjoyable and memorable. I remember nothing about Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, not even the nuking the fridge scene, because there was no passion or energy behind it. Daredevil is a superior film to, say, The Phantom, but you can tell the cast of The Phantom was… Read more »
Daemian Lucifer
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Im surprised you didnt contrast daredevil with toph,because she is a great example of a blind superhero.

Jaeger976
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I had a similar reaction. Unlike the Daredevil movie, Avatar constantly acknowledges the fact that Toph is blind, yet she is perfectly capable and competent her own, and the fact that they forget she’s blind because of it can lead to interesting character interactions. Daredevil in this film on the other hand is capable of detecting and reacting to everything so perfectly, it becomes kinda annoying when you see him grinding from building to building on a freaking trapeze line, and then realizing “how the hell do his other sense pick that up?”

MightyDavidson
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Also, Avatar shows that there are still disadvantages to Toph not being able to see. Like any opponent who isn’t detectable by her special senses being a major threat to her.

AstaKask
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I’d like to see Alien 4. I liked the weird atmosphere of that movie, although it did get silly a number of times.

Gray Ghost357
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They should review superman returns they pretty much throw his weakness out the window in that movie.

MightyDavidson
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But they didn’t really. The Kryptonite did effect him, he landed on the Kryptonite island and got the utter crap beaten out of him by the villains. He was able to throw the island into space it’s true but only after powering up on solar energy and the effort almost killed him.

Moviemantweeter1999
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loved doug’s target portrayal in the video. I liked this real thoughts episode too. I really do think that Jennifer Garner is a good actor these days just not as electra. I do fear that you will have to review electra but would love to see the nostalgia critic have an orgasm over the film. but let’s hope the real doug doesn’t explode over it.

Jasmine
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I know Doug didn’t watch the New Spiderman Animated series from the 90s, but Michael Clarke Duncan actually did voice Kingpin on the show, and he accepted the role in Daredevil because it was for his fans.

CaptainRoland
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Why do you always say take care to the audience Doug?

ToonaFish
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Because he’s American.
In America, different security advertizing was so powerful that it made safety to be the #1 concern of all citizens and thus “take care”, “stay safe”, “have a safe journey”… etc, so everything including “safety” and “care” became #1 things to say to people at parting. (It used to be “have a nice day”, “stay well”, “godspeed” respectively).

It’s funny, in some parts of my own country “take care” would be issued as a threat XD

CaptainRoland
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Anyway me and my sister loved your review, very hilarious and and insightful and intriguing but you seemed to have a very reddened swollen and boiled face than usual Doug though you should know.

ToonaFish
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Please do Alice in Wonderland real thoughts? I’m really curious; all this tim Burton talk reminded me. I have to confess I really like the movie and the review NC did seemed like… it missed a lot of the points of the movie. It almost seems like they were made for the humour of them, rather than as legit gripes. Like “you’re so big why don’t you just squish them” – well, didn’t you notice killing people in this world isn’t all that acceptable for protagonists, also Alice is a little GIRL (insert Balki); she won’t go around killing people…… Read more »
ToonaFish
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More weird stuff the review says, just to… express my confusion with it: “The movie shows what Alice isn’t. But what IS she!?” – that, is what the movie (and Alice) are trying to FIND OUT. The whole movie is about her finding out who she is and what she wants. This is WHY the movie cannot show you who she IS at the very beginning. She doesn’t know. She’s a little girl (insert Balki) – she doesn’t know who she is yet! “Why have her shrink to fight the Jabberwocky?!” …err, to fit in the champion’s armor which is… Read more »
TJ Jordan
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I actually get what Alice in Wonderland was trying to accomplish with that ‘twist’. I really do. And I even think it would have worked if the writing was smart. But the biggest problem was that we already knew Alice was the real Alice from the beginning. Even when Alice, and the other characters, deny she isn’t the real Alice, I know that she is because the title gives it away. And also, I could see the twist coming from the beginning because of that little moment when Alice was young and told her father of the ”nightmares” she’s having.… Read more »
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