Fanatical about violence and skittish about sexuality, the show exemplifies much of what’s wrong with modern television. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > What is Daredevil, really? Is it a superhero show? Is it bloody torture porn?
Great points here. I have to constantly confront my own bias in favor of Marvel stuff because these damned things always make me 13 again. Netflix’s Daredevil is, I think anyone would agree, still a huge improvement over Affleck, Tom Jane, and Dolph Lundgren. I don’t know if I agree that the dialogue is clunky and the plot erratic, but this synopsis is dead-on: “Fanatical about violence and skittish about sexuality, the show exemplifies much of whatâ€™s wrong with modern television.” We absolutely have a film heritage that glorifies violence and stifles sexuality and the Catholics are heavily implicated, from the Legion of Decency to the some-might-say inspired work of Joseph Breen in enforcing the Hays Code.
This article also reminded me of how Ebert began his review of The Passion of the Christ: “If ever there was a film with the correct title, that film is Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ Although the word passion has become mixed up with romance, its Latin origins refer to suffering and pain; later Christian theology broadened that to include Christ’s love for mankind, which made him willing to suffer and die for us.”
Ebert’s closing is even more relevant: “Note: I said the film is the most violent I have ever seen. It will probably be the most violent you have ever seen. This is not a criticism but an observation; the film is unsuitable for younger viewers, but works powerfully for those who can endure it. The MPAA’s R rating is definitive proof that the organization either will never give the NC-17 rating for violence alone, or was intimidated by the subject matter. If it had been anyone other than Jesus up on that cross, I have a feeling that NC-17 would have been automatic.”
I’d’ve loved to’ve read Ebert’s thoughts on Daredevil, especially the scene pictured in this article’s header photo, which I thought was a great argument applicable to the death penalty and to recidivism (which we as a country do a deplorable job of tracking).
I also can’t help remembering, anytime I see Rosario Dawson, Ebert’s affection for her. I recall especially an Answer Man session where a reader questions Ebert for calling her the most beautiful woman in the world. “Wouldn’t that be your wife Chaz?” the reader asks. Ebert responds that, while Dawson may be the most beautiful woman in the world, Chaz is the most beautiful in the universe. Classic Ebert.