Marvel’s Jessica Jones Review!
Every time Marvel announces a new project, save for the usual Avengers and it’s main roster of characters, I found myself wondering if this project will catch on or will this be that one project that actually fails. I questioned Captain America: The Winter Soldier because I wasn’t convinced Cap couldn’t work in today’s setting and I was proven wrong in a really big way as Winter Soldier is one of my favorite Marvel films. I questioned Guardians of the Galaxy because the characters were so obscure I had completely forgotten about them until the movie was announced however. Ant-Man only because I was never impressed with the character. I even questioned Daredevil, despite being so excited to check out the show I woke up at 3 a.m. to get started when it was released on Netflix. My point is, it’s getting kind of ridiculous to question Marvel when they consistently pump good to amazing material.
Jessica Jones, the second show in their four show line-up, which will consist of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, completely pulls away from the action packed first season of Daredevil and falls more into into a more film noir, mystery genre, and later a flat out horror film. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a hard drinking, cussing, private investigator in New York who is recovering from being physically and psychologically raped by Killgrave (David Tennet), who can control anyone around him by just speaking. Jessica is haunted by the events so badly that she has pulled away from society much save for the two relationships in the form of her childhood best friend Trish (Rachael Taylor), and Malchom (Eka Darville) a heroin junkie who lives down the hall. Jessica discovers that Killgrave is still alive when he has taken a young college girl and forced her to kill her parents and now Jessica must prove his abilities exist to prove the girl is innocent of the horrible crime.
The biggest strength behind Jessica Jones is it’s actually a story of a woman dealing with the aftermath of rape and torture in the guise of a super hero show. Show-runner Melissa Rosenberg really tackles the subject of a rape victim having to live her life after the attack Throughout the course of the season we slowly learn what Jessica went through while under the control of Killgrave, how it affected her, and why she’s so adamant on stopping him from having that control over anyone again. The show also avoids Jessica having to depend on Luke Cage (Mike Colter) a strong man who is literally unbreakable due to his rock hard skin. The two do team up through several episodes but never once does Jessica do something stupid and need him to bail her out. As deep of a hole she digs herself throughout the season she spends twice the effort digging her self out.
Despite all of this, the show has it’s problems. For one, and I had the same problem with Daredevil, you can tell that some of the shows were just padding to fill out the 13 episode order, with characters doing stupid things just to keep Jessica from killing Killgrave on the spot or getting him away from her just so she can chase him down for another 2-3 episodes. I also didn’t like the “Killgrave Support Group” subplot which consisted of a group of people who managed to survive their encounter with the psychopathic killer and would sit around and talk about what they felt and thought while being under Killgrave’s control. It just came across as silly and didn’t have the impact they were going for. The show also lags through many episodes as Jessica closes in and actually captures Killgrave, only to have him escape time and time again because the characters do something stupid then have him actually outsmart them.
Although I still enjoyed Daredevil more, mainly because I’m an action junkie, Jessica Jones is a very strong entry into the Marvel catalog and the series does have promise to moving forward since they decided to almost completely forgo an origin story and instead trickle hints of Jessica Jones creation throughout the first season with a promise to dive into her past in season 2. I highly recommend checking out Jessica Jones which is currently streaming on Netflix so you won’t be totally lost when she crosses paths with Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in the future but I also strongly stress the difference in genre’s between Jessica Jones and Daredevil for those of you expecting a flat out action series.
Posted on December 3, 2015, in Movie News and tagged chad posey, david tennett, eka darville, film monster, jessica jones, krysten ritter, melissa rosenberg, mike colter, nefflix, rachael taylor. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.