This review is completely spoiler-free!
Once again, Netflix have teamed up with Marvel to deliver another stellar series.
Following the success of Daredevil last year, Netflix are back with a new take on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter, of Breaking Bad fame, plays our heroine who possesses superhuman strength. Private investigator (PI) Jones clearly has a troubled past, with flash backs of this being teased throughout the series, as she struggles to live with her post traumatic stress disorder.
The way Jones is portrayed by Ritter is outstanding; her lack of emotion and feelings are perfectly captured, but also in a way that one would not commonly associate with a Marvel character.
Jones is far from the archetypal hero, if anything she is more of an anti-heroine; a heavy drinker who seems to believe the answers to all her problems lie at the bottom of a liquor bottle. Her grim New York bedsit apartment is her home off-licence cum office.
Due to her glum personality and ‘can’t be bothered’ attitude you find it hard in the beginning to actually like her at all. To add further fuel to an already roaring fire, when she does her PI work she’s effortlessly good at it. You can’t help but think why she is not using her abilities instead of being in a job she clearly is too good for.
Jones has a fairly mundane life, she struggles to hold down relationships and her defensive personality has pushed people away. Her on-off romance with fellow superhero Luke Cage (Mike Colter) appears throughout, but Jones has only one true friend; half-sister Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), a famous broadcaster and showbiz personality, who it seems has spent a significant chunk of time guiding Jones away from the booze and down a more beneficial road, but to no avail.
It takes a while before we are fully introduced to Jones’ biggest villain; Kilgrave (David Tennant), a hubristic, narcissistic man who has the ability of mind control. Tennant’s performance is superb, with his English accent and dapper appearance reminiscent of his Doctor Who days.
The series begins pretty slow, but soon moves into third gear in devastating fashion. We are taken down many different roads, while we are introduced to new characters who want to help Jones in her battle against Kilgrave.
Cinematically, the series looks great throughout. We see New York’s beautiful high rise buildings and bustling urban environment by day, while its dark and disturbing underbelly is captured fittingly at night.
Many comparisons can be made to previous Marvel-Netflix combination, Daredevil. I watched the series last year and if I were to pick which show I prefer, I’d have to side with Daredevil But only just.
Both are shot in a noir style, with epic action sequences and powerful villains. They are also full of classic eye rolling dialogue that is typical of comic book hero stories, but this does not spoil things.
Needless to say, Jessica Jones is a great ride, and fans of Daredevil should definitely give this a try. Both are scheduled for second series, which is music to my ears. Well done Marvel and Netflix, and long may it continue.
Rating: 8/10 A must watch for any fan of superhero/comic book stories. Even if they are not your cup of tea, but you like binge-worthy Netflix shows, then this is right up your street.