I finished watching all of Netflix’ Iron Fist today. No surprise, but I thought it was awful. It’s displaced the first Thor film for me as the worst thing yet to come out of Marvel Studios.
Major Sin 1: It made no goddamn sense to me. Zip. Nada. Pick any aspect of the show, big or small, and I found it nonsensical. I get the impression that no one was thinking very hard about any part of this production.
Major Sin 2: It’s devoid of artistry. Stuff happens and they point a camera at it. There’s no deeper themes being explored, no interesting use of color, music, or metaphor to make a larger statement or reveal added depths. Characters state all of their feelings explicitly. Exposition is belabored and glacial.
Lesser Sin 1: The kung-fu sucks. Danny moves like he learned martial arts at the Kun-Lun YMCA. The fights are just jumbles of people punching and kicking, hardly anyone remembers to fire their guns, and assailants always wait their turn before they attack the main characters. Even the mundane physical moves are boring. Every time it looks like Danny’s about to do some wire-fu, it ends up just being a shot of Finn Jones climbing a fire escape or forcing open a door.
Lesser Sin 2: New York doesn’t seem to matter. In other Marvel Netflix shows — DD and LC in particular — their corner of NYC was a character unto itself. Danny’s story could have taken place in St. Louis and nothing would change.
Spoilers okay in the comments.