Frank Castle was one of my favourite additions to the second season of Daredevil. So when I found out that he was getting his own series, I was super excited about the prospect of further exploring the character’s backstory and see what he does next. It may have taken me a while to finally finish it but here I did it! Here’s my review:
The plot follows Frank Castle as he teams up with another presumed dead fugitive called Lieberman/Mirco in order to kill all the people involved in the death of his family. Meanwhile, Homeland Security Agent Dinah Madani starts an investigation into the murder of her friend in Afghanistan. Her investigation brings her into contact with Frank Castle and other shady individuals in high places who are willing to do anything to keep the past buried.
My favourite aspect of the series was the relationship between Lieberman/Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal). It was a bromance that really drove the programme forward during the moments when the plot really slowed down. Furthermore, I really liked how the two characters really pushed each other forward, character development wise. For example, Castle encouraged Lieberman to act, to be the guy that steps in himself and handles business. While Lieberman was constantly reminding Castle that he didn’t need to punish himself for what happened to his family. In addition, Lieberman was constantly reminding him that he didn’t have to be alone.
Furthermore, the fight scenes in the Punisher were AMAZING! They reminded me very much of the ones in Daredevil, which is arguably the best series out of all the Marvel Netflix series. The fight scenes were truly something else! They were bloody, gritty, downright brutal but utterly entertaining to watch. What’s more is that I liked how tactical and strategic they were. They weren’t just Castle aimlessly pointing, shooting and taking down nameless bad guys. Instead, every time Castle went out to fight, he had a plan or strategy laid out.
As with all or most of the Marvel Netflix Series, The Punisher could feel a little slow at times. Normally, with these Marvel Netflix Series, I feel this compulsion to finish it immediately, but this time, I didn’t feel like that and I blame that on the slow pacing of the series. For me, the show really kicked off around episode 7/8. That’s not to say that the previous episodes were boring but there were more than a few moments when I found my attention diverting elsewhere.
In addition, I really did not understand the motive behind Billy Russo’s betrayal of Frank. In my eyes, Billy went bad because the plot required it- one minute they were ride and die buddies and the next Billy is letting his best friend’s family die so that he could be rich?? It doesn’t feel like a good enough explanation and therefore, I feel like they should have spent more time on why Billy was the way that he was. Although, I have to say that I loved Ben Barnes’ performance and ultimately how he became jigsaw in the end. Poetic justice at its finest!
Overall Comments and Rating
To conclude, although there were a few slow moments scattered throughout the series, the Punisher was ultimately an action-packed, thrill ride of a series with some surprising plot twists and superb performances from the whole cast. Rating wise, I’ll give it a 7/10.
But what did you think of the Punisher? Leave a comment below! 🙂
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