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Finn Jones plays Iron Fist, a review

Iron Fist felt like a modern-day remake of those 60’s and 70’s kung fu movies, with lots of posturing and posing, with lots of fights in darkened alleys, hallways and rooms.

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When Danny Rand was 10-years old, he survived a mysterious plane crash that claimed the lives of his extremely wealthy parents. Rescued by warrior monks, Danny grew up in the of city of K’un-Lun, where he endured harsh conditions, but also trained to be a fierce warrior. Years later, Danny returns home to New York, where he wants to reconnect with his past and take his rightful place at his family’s company, which is being run by his father’s former business partner. Danny hopes to restore his family legacy by defeating the people who threaten it.”

Iron Fist started off pretty quickly demonstrating Danny Rand’s skills. Seemed like an odd beginning. And they continue to demonstrate what he is capable of, much like when a bad TV series puts all their cards on the table in the first episode. With a lot of arm swirling and such.

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As the show progressed we get repeated demonstrations of his talent while he tries to reconnect with the company that his father started. And throughout the first set of episodes, they milk the crap out of the aircraft accident that took his parents lives with recap after recap. The second half of the series continued to focus on his guilt for various reasons.

During the development of the story, it’s hard to figure out who the bad guys really are. It’s like a soap opera where some of the cast take turns being bad or good.

The other curious thing was that despite his supposed abilities, he had these anger or insecurity issues that kept interfering with his true talents. What the heck was all that training of 15 years for if he can’t control his anger?

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Iron Fist isn’t a horrible story but while we watch him struggle to find his foothold in his old life, we don’t care. We aren’t drawn into his plight. We don’t have to be. We’re shown over and over again what to care about instead of being drawn into investing our emotional viewing. [click to continue reading…]

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