Bernthal is perfectly cast in the comic-book character’s surprisingly great standalone series
With: Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R. Moore, Daniel Webber, Michael Nathanson, Paul Schulze. With Shohreh Aghdashloo.
The Marvel Netflix shows, at their most successful, adhere to a cookie-cutter format : A private, a representative of the marginalized group, is both burdened and blessed with extraordinary ability. The 13-episode season becomes a bildungsroman to the superhero : Flashbacks, context, and in fact, the inescapable threads tying Matt Murdock, a blind man. Jessica Jones, a rape survivor. Luke Cage, a black man. The times where this sub-genre of Marvel shows have faltered is straying as a result format — whether that’s Season 2 of “Daredevil, ” the ill-conceived “Iron Fist, ” as well as ensemble series “The Defenders. ”
Initially, “Marvel’s The Punisher” seems like another misstep. Inside the television landscape at large, another overwhelmingly gray and brutally violent show centered on the dysfunctional antihero is superfluous. Inside the superhero genre, it’s much more so agen togel . But “The Punisher” transcends actually appears to become. Not completely, and never always ; this really is still a really violent show, saturated in tortured masculinity. (In only the opening credits, an array of semiautomatic weapons float inside the air to rearrange themselves inside the skull-shaped logo from the Punisher. ) But because of Jon Berthal’s seamless performance like the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s sharp, conscious storytelling, “The Punisher” approaches the high points of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” by introducing a damaged, deadly character and telling his story collectively piece in an unjust whole. Despite first impressions, Frank Castle is actually a marginalized figure — because He‘s a veteran.
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It’s difficult to imagine better casting than Bernthal, who communicates so fluently with impassive silences, and it is convincing both when He‘s being terribly violent and particularly gentle. However it still takes the show a couple of minutes of throat-clearing to locate its sweet spot. To begin with episode, “The Punisher” might also be ticking off a checklist of antihero tropes. He handles his emotions by slamming a sledgehammer into your wall again and again again, for many hours. He‘s so frequently haunted by memories of his wife and children they become irritating presences — if perhaps because his wife, especially, has no discernible character traits beyond being warm, soft, and probably clean. He broods, constantly, with near-operatic range — during the pages of the book, behind a steering wheel, upon the Staten Island ferry. Frank Castle broods such a lot, so single-mindedly, you would like to offer him some eggs to incubate.
But outside of Frank, the show starts offering the group storylines that don’t feel of the piece with his vigilante narrative. There’s Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah ), a suit at Homeland Security that is hyper-conscious of the undeniable fact that like a Persian-American woman, she’s both an asset and also a liability. There’s a veterans’ support group, led by Frank’s friend Curtis (Jason R. Moore ), during which veterans from very different backgrounds struggle in order to make sense around the globe they‘re reintegrating into. (Early on, inside a sign of welcome complications to come, Curtis says to Castle : “Do us a favor, Frank. Don’t become a wallowing asshole. ” ) And there’s cocky hacker Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach ), who starts hunting Frank after spotting him on one of the numerous surveillance cameras posted all around the city. Without fully realizing it, Frank’s unitmates, Micro, Dinah, and Frank himself are trying to comprehend what happened during one tour of duty — a series of missions where, It‘s revealed, Frank’s unit was pushed to commit war crimes. As other veterans become better bigger characters — and Dinah makes more connections in Homeland Security — the network of guilt and corruption behind the senseless violence is slowly brought to light.
Both Dinah and Micro are intriguing characters — Dinah, in premise, and Micro, in execution. Dinah was created to the TV show, and Micro is driven by comics, but as much as supporting characters in Marvel shows go, both exceed expectations. Moss-Bachrach, in particular — who “Girls” viewers will remember as Marnie’s tiresome husband Desi — brings astonishing life to some character that is otherwise so classically a comic-book villain. Like Frank, Micro faked his death ; unlike Frank, though, his family remains alive. Micro watches them, obsessively, through cameras and microphones he’s placed all with the house. Frank figures this out, and starts to make use of Micro’s perpetual watching to manipulate him : He shows up in the Lieberman house someday, seemingly by accident, to insinuate himself into Micro’s former life. That Frank is missing a wife and kids, just as Micro’s wife and kids are missing a husband and father, doesn‘t go unnoticed. Perhaps one of the strangely compelling reasons for “The Punisher” is when deeply messed up It‘s — as if it‘s observing, inside the transition from comic-book page to live-action, how twisted some of those character dynamics are.
This carries through inside the show’s relationship to its violence. Every episode is punctuated with a group section of stunning violence — not simply visually striking, as is usually the case with action sequences, but viscerally affecting, too. Action scenes that weve all grown used to — as a car accident where a sedan flips straight into the air after which lands heavily, or weapons drawn menacingly with a high stakes card game — take on new brutality in “The Punisher, ” which pays uncomfortably close focus on the sound of bones snapping, the smear of blood on the sledgehammer, the intimacy of receiving close sufficient to someone to kill them. This can be a make of violence that‘s especially, well, punishing — brutal, scrappy, painful set pieces that provide nothing balletic or glorious in regards to the act of beating the crap from someone. It’s cynical, and sometimes pretty despairing, too.
But above all what “The Punisher” is cynical about is the usage of force : This can be a series where a man who had been asked to senselessly kill by his government goes rogue and ends up hunting down members of the same government — simply since they made him kill people. The show is cautious about guns, cautious about blind patriotism, cautious about unquestioned service ; it sides only and always with veterans. (The affection that military veterans have to the character from the Punisher is really a long-documented one. The character was originally a veteran from the Vietnam War when introduced in 1974 ; inside the Netflix series, he’s a veteran from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. ) Bernthal’s Frank Castle seems to possess wrapped himself during these forces because he doesn’t trust anyone else to possess the ability to wield them — and simultaneously, because He‘s so broken by his own tragedy, He‘s a protagonist who commits violence while understanding how that violence creates trauma. It makes for any charged, destabilizing dynamic, and one which Bernthal inhabits with skillful aplomb.
It is available through inside the way several of these scenes are directed, too. In one episode, a dark room is literally lit up with gunfire. Inside a midseason episode, a whole action sequence is portrayed as if it‘s a first-person shooter video game — an unnervingly brilliant construction for anyone acquainted with that medium. It implicates the group almost against our will, putting us inside the position from the soldier in the sector coming from the comfort in our Netflix-watching couch. The thread of Micro watching another characters draws the viewer straight into the story, too ; We‘re watching for clues just as He‘s. Using the emphasis on surveillance, domestic terrorism, and homeland security, “The Punisher” is strikingly relevant — quite possibly the foremost relevant Marvel show, a minimum of given by a national security standpoint.
Altogether, “The Punisher” is not only satisfying but surprising — an interpretation of Netflix and Marvel’s tried-and-true partnership that offers more depth and challenges towards the audience than even the gritty playing field of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones. ” Free of superpowers and superheroes, the Marvel universe is much more forgiving — and much more interesting. In fact, the slightly cartoony Marvel Cinematic Universe remains a global where people named Carson Wolf come up and become if They‘re Not obviously villains. But “The Punisher’s” place in it‘s a welcome morass of thorny questions and unresolvable answers. A minimum of during this section of the television landscape, There‘s room for an additional antihero.
TV Review : ‘Marvel’s The Punisher, ‘ Starring Jon Bernthal
Drama, 13 episodes (6 reviewed ) : Netflix, Fri. Nov. 17. 60 min.
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PRODUCTION : Executive producers, Steve Lightfoot, Jeph Loeb
CAST : Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R. Moore, Daniel Webber, Michael Nathanson, Paul Schulze. With Shohreh Aghdashlo