And Netflix does it again with another stellar series that is Jessica Jones, all the other TV Studios need to smoke what Netflix is smoking, because right now it is generating great content, with Luke Cage and a possible Iron Fist to follow.
I have to admit that I was skeptical about this show, worried that it wouldn’t have the ability to live up to the strength possessed by Marvel’s original Netflix series, Daredevil. However it exceeded my expectations with exceptional performances by David Tennant (Kilgrave) and Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), it matches the same tone as Daredevil, a dark tone of violence and sexuality that wouldn’t fit with the current style and direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jessica Jones is based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ comic book, Alias, she is depicted as a Private Eye that loves her Wild Turkey. Her job often sees her spying on cheating spouses and living in the clutches of her dark past.
David Tennant shines as the dark, sadistic villain, Kilgrave (The Purple Man). A man with the power to control people by speaking out commands (eg; Put a bullet in your head), makes you wonder how easily he could’ve dismantled The Avengers (‘All of you, kill each other’). Unlike having purple skin as in the comics, hence The Purple Man, Kilgrave has a fine taste for fashion, particularly purple suits. But what makes him stand out from the previous Marvel villains is that he has no desire to destroy/conquer the world, nor kill his sworn enemy, in fact he loves her. That’s right, Kilgrave wanted to spend his life with Jessica Jones because he was madly in love with her.
There were certain scenes where Kilgrave’s actions would send a chill down your spine, it reminded me of the time I first witnessed Heath Ledger’s performance as the joker. Kilgrave and Wilson Fisk of Daredevil have truly set the bar for future Marvel villains, it will be great to see what Marvel/Netflix bring to the table next.
Krysten Ritter’s chemistry with Mike Colter’s character Luke Cage, transcended the normal forced upon emotional scenes that are known too well in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The emotion is built up and presented in a manner that draws you into scenes.
Supporting roles by Rachel Taylor and Wil Traval, seemed to serve the purpose of the moving the show along. While actors Eka Darville and Carrie-Anne Moss produced some riveting scenes, one in particular is when Darville’s character Malcolm Ducasse is one the floor of the bathroom spiralling from his drug overdose and Jessica offers him a choice of redemption or defeat.
I am a huge fan of this formula that Marvel/Netflix have created, from the well choreographed fights scenes to the pristine screen writing, it’s a tasteful addition to the ever expanding comic book universe.