Colby Minifie and Krysten Ritter in a scene from the TV series Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Supplied by Netflix Australia. Please credit photo to Myles Aronowitz/Netflix.
Colby Minifie and Krysten Ritter in a scene from the TV series Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Supplied by Netflix Australia. Please credit photo to Myles Aronowitz/Netflix. Myles Aronowitznetflix

REVIEW: Jessica Jones - Hell’s Kitchen's hardcore heroine

I FIND it deliciously satisfying to know that one of the Marvel Universe's most popular heroes is a woman.

That's certainly not to discredit any of our amazing Avengers, Inhumans or otherwise complicated vigilantes.

Marvel's Jessica Jones has quite literally flipped the stereotype of 'weak' or 'less powerful female counterparts' on its head, among a few other people and objects in her series which was released on Netflix on November 20.

Perfectly suited to the role, Krysten Ritter poses hot-tempered, sardonic private detective in Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

For anyone following the on-screen Marvel story, Jessica Jones follows on from the 'Attack on New York' in Avengers and Dare Devil's efforts.

Jessica struggles to rebuild her personal life and career after it was ripped out from underneath her by a charismatic and very persuasive ex-lover of hers, Kilgrave (David Tennant).

Plagued by self-loathing, alcoholism and a wicked case of post-traumatic stress, she battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities (super strength).

Not following trend to the typical stylings of Marvel Movies, Jessica Jones takes you down a darker more psychologically thrilling path.

Kilgrave (aka The Purple Man) possesses the ability to control minds, which in turn makes for many cringe-worthy episodes in which puts Jessica in more strife (death by 1000 cuts anyone?).

The casting for this television series is overwhelmingly impressive, as if David Tennant playing a villain wasn't enough.

Australia's Rachael Taylor plays Jessica's best friend Trish Walker, who unlike many other supporting non-super heroes, makes herself quite useful in helping Jessica take out Kilgrave.

Carrie-Anne Moss loses the shiny black cat suit from the Matrix days to play Jeri Hogarth, a top-notch lawyer in Hell's Kitchen whose own personal dramas of divorcing her partner Pam (Susie Abromeit) take a turn for the worst.

Mike Colter plays a very convincing Luke Cage, which sets things up for the next Marvel television instalment, which by no coincidence is about him.

Where Dare Devil used violence and heavy brutality throughout it's episodes (which by the way, say hello to a Season 2 in the future), Jessica Jones messes with your mind and brings a far more mature-audience style to the Marvel Universe.

The combination of mental torture crossed with villain empathy lets you bend your morals and question who really the bad guy is.

Best of all this television series, is not afraid to utilise all their resources - characters, introduced throughout the series, remain as important additions rather than space fillers.

Jessica Jones

Starring: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, David Tennant, Carrie-Anne moss, Mike Colter.

Reviewer: Tamara MaKenzie

Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars.



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