Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jessica Jones

I have had it with Marvel.

I am sick and tired of the countless, endless Marvel movies. I have no desire to see Captain America: Civil War. Well, maybe if the reviews come in very good. It seems the public has not lost their appetite for Marvel movies so I'm in the minority here. But I am tired of Marvel superhero movies.

Then I decided to watch Jessica Jones, the Netflix original series. I knew it was Marvel but I gave it a try anyway. And I was immediately hooked. Jones, played by the very talented Krysten Ritter, is a deep, complex, and feeling superhero. Sort of a fallen Avenger, even though she was never an Avenger. She is sarcastic, caustic, and yet you feel, see, and hear her pain. She has a horrifying back-story that during the course of the first season they leak out slowly.

The show also has a wonderful villain in Kilgrave, played by a former Doctor Who actor, David Tennant. Tennant seems to relish being the bad guy. And an awful bad guy he is who uses his superpower in the most horrific ways.

The supporting cast is great. Carrie-Anne Moss as a slimy attorney, for example.

I loved Jessica Jones. I've watched all the first season now and, no spoilers, but it build and builds and builds to a climax in the last episode.

Jessica Jones is set in the Avengers universe (if that's the right way to put it) and there are a few hints to tell you that. But unlike the Avengers movies, Jessica Jones is dark, complex and, frankly, not for the squeamish.

If you have Netflix streaming, watch this. If you don't, it's almost worth the price.

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