The latest Netflix series from the Marvel universe, Iron Fist, will finally become available just in time for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. But Finn Jones, the Game of Thrones alum who stars in the series, has found himself in an unusual position defending the show after some critics panned advanced episodes they reviewed.
In fact, Jones recently told Metro (courtesy of Screen Rant) that he’s going to wait and see what fans themselves think of the series, and simply dismiss many of the critics as people who don’t quite get comic book series the way everyone else does.
“What I will say is these shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans. I also think some of the reviews we saw are seeing the show through a very specific lens, and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see.
“I think it’s a fantastic show, which is really fun. And I think it stands up there with the other Defenders’ shows, without a doubt.”
The two largest industry publications, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, both rejected the series in reviews released over the weekend.
In Variety, Maureen Ryan compared what unfolds on screen to something she might fix for lunch, if there was really nothing in her refrigerator to make.
“The action scenes lack spark, snap and originality. None of the flat, by-the-numbers characters makes any lasting impression. And as origin stories go, the tale of Danny Rand – at least as rendered by this creative team – is about as exciting as a slice of Velveeta cheese left out in the sun too long.”
It takes “forever for anything to happen” on the show, Ryan added, which includes problems on the technical side, too with “uninspired production design, unexceptional cinematography and painful dialogue.”
Daniel Fienberg was equally unimpressed for The Hollywood Reporter, calling Iron Fist a “step backward on every level.”
“Iron Fist arrives in a deep hole amid concerns about its curly-haired, blond protagonist appropriating Asian culture, but the bigger problems ends up being that he’s barely even appropriating. There’s no specificity to Danny’s experience other than the most generic of identity crises – like the world needed another billionaire vigilante – and Jones is far too placid a leading man to give any sense of Danny’s internal torment.”
But are Ryan and Fienberg simply two reviewers who don’t get comic book series?
Tom Goodman originally reviewed Daredevil for The Hollywood Reporter, and struggled with it, while Variety’s Brian Lowry liked it enough to stay positive.
Ryan actually loved Jessica Jones, calling it not only Marvel’s top performer, but one of the year’s most “distinctive new dramas.” Fienberg wasn’t as enthusiastic about Jessica Jones, however he remained upbeat.
And then when it came to Luke Cage, it was thumbs up from both Fienberg and Ryan.
So are the issues surrounding Iron Fist all about unfair critics? At least from this perspective, that’s not very likely. But fans will pass their own judgment come Friday.
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