Iron Fist Review
After reading several reviews for Marvel’s final defender Iron Fist, I was hesitant about watching due to its negative reception. However, I am very pleasantly surprised at what all 13 episodes had to offer. So much so that I’m left wondering if the critical critics and I were watching the same show?
I will start by saying that Iron Fist is great - it is worth a watch! It’s fun, there’s a fantastic cast and it has a fresh energy around it. It’s a nice edition to Marvel's three other Netflix shows, these being Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
Truthfully, I enjoyed Iron Fist more than Daredevil and Luke Cage; it just had so many surprises, twists and depth that was truly unexpected and very refreshing.
I think the establishment of the character Danny Rand in the first few episodes left some people a little nonplussed in that his powers are a little unusual. In short, they stem from another dimension and he must focus his chi energy in order to summon the iron fist.
The casting is really great. I loved Finn Jones as Danny Ran, the main protagonist. Viewers will recognise Finn from his role as Ser Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones, in which he was equally excellent. However unlike in Thrones, Finn Jones is given a starring role and he truly shines in it.
As a thrones fan, I was concerned that I would only see Loras Tyrell. However, Jones is truly believable as Danny Rand offers a great sense of a person who was disconnected from the world for 15 years. Jessica Fenwick stars as Colleen Wing, an extremely skilled martial artist. Viewers will also recognise Jessica from Game of Thrones as Obara Sand; one of the Sand Snakes of Dorne. Again, Jessica is not held back by her prior role and is truly authentic and believable as Colleen.
Iron Fist centres on characters who know various forms of martial arts; and as such every episode features a decent amount of action and fighting scenes. I was pleased to see that the iron fist power evolves over the course of the series as Danny embraces his situation and identity. Furthermore, the power is never treated as a get out of jail free card - for him to defeat the bad guy and save the day. Thought has gone into its use and it’s refreshing to see. The fight scenes are great, particularly considering that this is a series and not a film. I enjoyed every fight, and I thought they were well choreographed and believable.
Pace, for the most part, is good. However, on occasion and most notably in the first three episodes, it will start to decline into a lull, though this does pick back up. The cinematography is good; several locals are used to reflect New York and parts of China; which allows the viewer to feel as though the threat of the enemy - ‘the hand’, is as global as they claim in the show.
No show is perfect. Iron Fist suffers from perhaps too many characters. The focus tends to shift quite a lot and you get lost within subplots, the other marvel Netflix shows are relatively focused for the most part, here it jumps around.
Overall Iron Fist didn’t deserve the critical thrashing it endured. Sure it’s not perfect but it’s enjoyable, cast and performed well and I’ve seen a great deal worse. Looking at audience scores rather than the critical consensus this is a better reflection of what Iron Fist should be rated. Perhaps most importantly it’s enjoyable.
I will grant iron fist 3 and a half out of 5 glowing, indestructible fists.