Thursday 14 December 2017

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of "The Punisher"

It’s not often that I review a series. In fact, I’m wondering if I even have up until now.

I dunno, ask Rob, he seems to keep all of my reviews in a pile on the mantelpiece under some black candles and a picture of my in a heart-shaped frame, along with a copy of “Carbon Based Lifeforms” as some sort of shrine to me, so he’d be the guy to ask.

I however don’t remember doing so, so let’s crack on regardless!

I knew this series was coming for quite some time (as I’m sure you did too, they were hardly quiet about it), but it was only recently that I realised Frank Castle was going to be portrayed by Jon Bernthal, of whom I’m quite a fan.

Plus, as a man who’s not a fan of Marvel at all, making me somewhat of a pariah here at E14, especially when you couple that with my disdain for Star Wars in recent years, but The Punisher has always been a big hit with me, and this Netflix series adaptation only cements that further.

We all know the story of Frank Castle: his family gets murdered, he’s somewhat miffed about it, and he goes on a killing spree of vengeance. And that’s pretty much how that sevens turn of the story plays out in this series, in fact I think it may have taken longer to type that sentence than it does for the revenge killings and conclusions take to play out in the first episode!

"So what now?" I hear the masses chant. Well, now we go deeper, into what got this whole mess of balls rolling, and why.

Now, as previously mentioned, I’m not a fan of Marvel, so I’m sure there are plenty of in-jokes and references throughout the series that went completely over my head, but in no way did this make me enjoy the show less. In fact, I thought it was fucking awesome!

There were guns, blood, explosions, mumbling, knives, lacerations, cool executions and loud grunts a-plenty! The story was well driven and you often felt yourself on Frank’s side, often finding yourself caught off-guard at critical moments of the plot that just weren’t seen coming by the likes of us non-comic book nerds.

My only critique was that it felt a bit propaganda-y at times. Admittedly, not too much of it was surplus to the story, but if I wanna see something that shoves “one two three four, I love the marine corps!” down my throat, I’ll just watch American Sniper again, thank you very much!

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Verdict: Other than that, this was a great show and I cannot wait to see what comes of it! 8.5/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find all of Aaron's works on Amazon!

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