079 Jessica Jones S01E01 AKA Ladies Night

three-stars

Directed by S. J. Clarkson.
Written by Melissa Rosenberg.
Starring Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Erin Moriarty.
Not Rated. 51 minutes.

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In terms of production value, this is an excellent show, but in terms of tone, it’s dismal. Especially this first episode. Written and directed by women, this takes an unfortunate faux feminist stance—purposefully making Jessica’s hatred the attitude of the narrative itself. Krysten Ritter was made for this role, but it’s difficult to empathize with her character.

Jessica Jones is the noir series in the MCU. Edgy, lonely, dark, cynical. Worth getting into, with the caveat that you may not enjoy all of it, and you would not want to watch this with your parents.

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023 The Incredible Hulk

five-stars

Directed by Louis Leterrier.
Written by Zak Penn and Edward Norton.
Starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt, and Tim Roth.
Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 52 minutes.

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Liv Tyler is the real star, hitting every emotional note with full commitment. Even if she’s a rather one-dimensional “perfect girlfriend”.

Leterrier possesses a nuance gained from years working under Luc Besson (including perhaps an appreciation for strong female leads.) This is one of the few MCU products I’ve seen where I sense an emotion that outshines the plot. Watching Liv’s performance I was thinking, “How wasted she was under Peter Jackson.”

The scope is a bit too intimate at times. The final setting, I think, is not properly established. (But a five need not be perfect.) One of the greatest, and most underrated MCU films. Critics at the time were too distracted comparing it to Ang Lee’s version.

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