Sunday, January 16, 2005

"Elektra" Rocks!

Ignore the overwhelmingly negative press reviews heaped on Rob Bowman's Elektra movie. Go see it yourself, particularly if you're a fan of the Marvel Comics character. Jennifer Garner does a splendid job of reprising her role from 2003's Daredevil (another film unfairly roasted by critics). Terence Stamp is wonderful as Stick, her blind sensei. And the action sequences kick butt.

The critics' response to Elektra is another example of people reviewing films that lie outside their cozy "reality tunnel." Being unfamiliar with a genre (in this case, comic books), they don't "get it." I recall reading poor reviews of Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns, which a few critics complained was "nothing like its TV predecessor," ignoring 50 years of the Dark Knight's comics history. They generally disliked Daredevil because it wasn't as bright and funny as Spider-Man, not realizing that for more than two decades, the Daredevil comic has been a dark, brooding crime series for older audiences, not 10-year-old kids.

Elektra is faithful to the spirit of the comics character, and Marvel fans should enjoy the hell out of it.


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