A vote of four is not appreciative of what I've just watched, but in my heart this is a one, because it answers one question better than any other comic movie: "how could you possibly screw up material this good?" I honestly can't say how a comics neophyte would come into this experience, but the context was quite loaded for me. I've been an Elektra fan since her first appearance in Daredevil comics, and over time, she became simply my favorite character. Even years after my days of actively reading comics, I still feel as attached to her as any fictional character in comics, film or literature.
She is truly archetypal -- the ultimate duel of good an evil inside the heart of one person. So strong, yet so vulnerable. So icy cold, yet the most passionate fire is locked up inside. She's the perfect manifestation of a rose, so beautiful, but with the sharpest thorns... even the most careful handler can't help but get hurt.
As much of an Affleck fan as I am not, I really didn't mind the Daredevil movie too much, and didn't even mind the odd casting of Garner as Elektra, so it really disappointed me how much this movie failed to hit the mark on some of the greatest comics stories ever created.
The Elektra Saga is pretty close to the pinnacle of comic book mastery. It's raw Frank Miller weaving such fantastic tales... the story, the art, the dialogue, it's just so adaptable. That series of books was so ripe for 1-3 films, it's sick. I just can't imagine how it could have been turned into this movie. Not with Avi Arad and his track record. Not after seeing Sin City, a complete masterpiece of comic adaptation.
To get a little specific, I enjoyed Stick, the little girl, and that's about it. Tattoo and Typhoid Mary are alright, but the rest is just so hollow when weighed against its parent material.
It's too bad this didn't come after Sin City, it really breaks my heart! Sin City has been successful enough that people can finally see that Frank Miller is the one to adapt Frank Miller, and he should have a say in any way that his material is put onto the screen. Perhaps we weren't ready with Robocop2, and Batman was credited to Tim Burton, but let's hope that from here on out, Hollywood and Frank can get along, because I personally can't stand the idea of another Elektra tragedy.
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