Friday, March 31, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: Iron Fist (2017) Review

Despite the best efforts of the misguided and misinformed Social Justice Warriors of the world, Scott Buck's telling of Marvel's mystical martial artist was able to achieve an unexpected success, and deservedly so.  This fifth entry into the Defender's continuity is entertaining, engaging, authentically told, and chock full of action with relatable and genuine characters.  A bit slow to start out, which was necessary to add a credible level of realism to its tale, the story flows in a convincing way with some definitive twists and surprises.  What is more remarkable, but seemingly missed, is the underlying tale of a man struggling with severe PTSD and his attempt to overcome it through training and discipline, all the while, combating an eternal rage threatening all he holds sacred.   Now, there are moments where the acting is a bit ragged and over the top, with a noticeable overuse of cry talking but overall the performances are above average and the character evolutions quite satisfying and legitimate.  Jones was a solid casting choice for his role, based on Buck's vision, and the remaining cast compliments each other with a marked definitiveness.   This may not be the best of the bunch but it is still a welcome and enjoyable addition.  3 out of 5 Kernels: A solid dragon punch to the critics who misjudged this series based on their personal agendas rather than actual production quality.

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