It's been just over a week since Netflix's 5th Marvel show Iron Fist debuted to near universal panning from critics, and during that time there have been interesting comments made by people involved with the show in response.  In the immediate aftermath of the critical derision aimed at the show, Finn Jones (Iron Fist/Danny Rand) got into a twitter spat over the ethnicity of Iron Fist, which subsequently led Jones to leave Twitter for a short time.  Jones also took a swipe at critics for their response to the show, stating that the show was created for fans, and not for them.

Most people saw this public outburst as a sign of an actor who clearly knows that his work isn't up to standard, and is instead attempting to divert attention, in the same way the makers and stars of last summer's Suicide Squad did after their film received a similar critical battering.  The most interesting development out of all of this, and perhaps the most surprising, is that Jones may be right.  While Iron Fist boasts an incredibly low score of 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a strong audience score of 82% and 7.6 on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb respectively.  The show also became Netflix's second biggest Marvel show opening, behind only Luke Cage.  Obviously, much like Suicide Squad, audiences ignored the critical maligning the show received prior to launch, and flocked to see the show regardless.  Clearly audiences aren't as sick of seeing formulaic superhero stories as we might have thought in the wake of standout game-changing entries in the genre recently, such as Logan

My own personal thoughts on the show are mixed to negative.  I don't think the show is nearly as bad as some people have made out; and yet, there are some huge fundamental problems with the show.  I'm going to avoid talking about some of the most glaring problems of the show, such as the woefully bad dialogue and the incredibly poor pacing, because these are problems I can live with in a television show; heck, most of the other Marvel Netflix shows similarly had pacing issues, whereby you felt as though they were stretching 8 episodes into 13.  For me the most crushing disappointment of Iron Fist was the action scenes.  How could a show about a character that was born out of the Kung-Fu obsession of the 1970's have some of the most perfunctory  action sequences I've seen it a long time.  I was expecting something akin to John Wick in the action department, and what we got was maybe 2 or 3 decent action set-pieces spread out over nearly 13 hours of television.

You know, there's been a lot of finger pointing about who to blame for the show's problems, with most heat centring on the lead Finn Jones; with those people stating that the show would be better had they cast an Asian-American in the title role.  Personally, I don't think that would have made little difference on the finished article.  The show would still be riddled with clunky dialogue & poor character constructions.  What Iron Fist really needed, and what it needs going forward, apart from a better script, is directors that have a handle on how to stage an action set-piece.  One thing that popped up once or twice in Iron Fist was the split screen during certain action sequences, which is kinda interesting and unique, and yet, it occurs so infrequently across the show so that when it does appear sporadically it's jarring.  That brings me nicely unto a second thing which jarred with me whenever it appeared: the music.  Now, at the beginning of the show, literally the first scene when Danny is walking towards the Rand building, we are treated to Outcast's So Fresh, So Clean, which I found worked kinda well.  In fact, the first few episodes focus a lot on Danny's vintage iPod, which led me to believe that it might factor into the story, in a similar way that Peter Quill's Sony Walkman did in Guardians of the Galaxy; but then it seems that the show forgets about that.  Then, sporadically across the series we get songs, which, while good tracks, are jarring because of their erratic positioning within the show.

I think what Iron Fist needs is someone with a strong vision to come on-board and his/her stamp on the material, because the first season was shambolic at time, mixing boardroom melodrama with dull action sequences.  Hopefully Daredevil Season 2 show-runners Douglas Petrie & Marco Ramirez can solve some of Iron Fist's problems during The Defenders, and who knows, Iron Fist may be the breakout star of the show in the same way the Hulk was in the first Avengers movie.

 

Who am I?

My name is Stuart Kilmartin, and I hail from Galway, Ireland.

I studied English Literature at NUI Galway (B.A. & M.A.).  Spent many a moon reading Edgar Allan Poe & I can recite Ozymandias, by Percy Shelley, word for word; it's irrelevant, but I'm proud of it.

Deep-rooted passion for all things film and television.  For those who say David Lynch is too obscure, I agree; and yet, I love him.

I started this blog with the intention of getting my thoughts out there and to gain more experience in entertainment writing; and to prove that all those years watching movies weren't time wasted.

I've been writing for over a year now, and I've collaborated with ComicBuzz & Headstuff, where I've had a number of pieces published.  Check out some of my other published work here  http://comicbuzz.com/author/stuartkilmartin/ or https://www.headstuff.org/author/stuart-kilmartin/ 

Get in Touch!

If you found any of these articles interesting or insightful, feel free to email me at pipinghotproductions@gmail.com.

I would absolutely love any feedback you may have relating to any of my articles.

If there are any suggestions for future topics, please tell me. I'm always looking for new material to write about.

 

 

 

Animated-Pic.jpg