Thwip! Watch is all about what goes on our screens, namely TV. Whether CW or Fox or NBC or what-have-you, you can be sure that we here at Thwip! have been watching it. Today we are going to talk about Marvel’s Iron Fist.
I was going to say that the security mook punches like a girl, but then he got his ass handed to him by a girl, so that analogy really no longer works these days does it?
This episode had a bunch of recurring characters (from the other Marvel Netflix series I mean) and they show why they are such strong characters. Carrie-Anne Moss has such a handle on how she wants to portray Jeri Hogarth, it elevated Finn Jones’s performance as Danny (I do not hate Jones’s work in this show [“you were a terrible, jackass of a brother a to me”, damn that was hilarious [and well] delivered], so far it is more bad storytelling and direction…the actor(s) playing the Meachums are terrible though, all three of them)
In my review of episode two, I talked about the visuals of the series and how it is sterile and terrible. There is this scene where they are training Danny Rand and they do it in a single, red-walled room. It has no visual verve or flair. It doesn’t play with color like Hero does, or have the luscious visuals that Shaolin Temple did either (I am channeling Jet Li movies here apparently).
Even New York doesn’t feel real, it just feels like generic Vancouver setting-dressing (though as far as I know it actually did film in New York).
That brings us to the fights…there were a few action scenes here, but each were toothless as a geriatric rabbit. The opening spar between Danny and Colleen was so ridiculously choreographed, slow, geriatric even and there was no sharpness to their movements. Then there is Danny’s fight with unnamed mook at the hospital, which did not put Danny in a good light as he kind of half-assed his skills…plus took way too long to Iron Fist-up.
Then we have the Colleen Wing fight which was featured earlier this year via a featurette. Everyone talked about how kick ass Colleen was (she does kick butt, but the fight itself was so badly staged, even former members of WWE would be shouting, “dude, that’s fake” (especially with the CGI blood-splatter). It doesn’t help that whoever is the choreographer seems to have no idea how to choreograph her fights, since she should be all speed and lethal grace (she is a teeny tiny person, you don’t go full charge at heavyweights if you weight 70 pounds wet).
The main things that would have people loving this series, the martial arts and the visuals are the biggest disappointments so far…not the casting of Jones as Danny Rand.