Joker

Joker

Byr Todd Phillips

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 2019-10-04
  • Rate: R
  • Lenght: 2h 1min
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Producer: DC Entertainment
  • Country: United States of America
8.4/10
8.4
From 6,308 Certification

Description

“Joker” centers around the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. The exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

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  • Jeb

    5
    By Darnell cockings
    Anyone wanna go bowling ?
  • jim

    1
    By been watching
    sucked, comes to mind.
  • Great Performance; Mediocre Film

    3
    By Sozman5k
    TOXIC Review: JOKER: With a haunting performance by Joaquin Phoenix, beautiful cinematography, and a chilling musical score, JOKER is a very ambitious film with a few problems. From the very first trailer up to sitting in the movie theater awaiting the trailers to end, I was cautiously optimistic about the film. I had a lot of preconceived questions, most importantly: Why do we need to see an origin story of one of the most mysterious characters in comic book lore? The Joker is scary because we don’t understand why he’s psychotic. Knowing the villains weaknesses immediately removes any tension or horror you felt towards the character in the first place. When a killer’s motive is absent (like Hannibal Lector) it makes for a much more terrifying antagonist. It’s important to know the origins of “heroes” because they’re people you’re rooting for. To see a villain play off of a heroes weaknesses’ is a great way to see the protagonist fall and then rise again to defeat the villain. Which brings me to another problem in the JOKER script. With all the controversy surrounding the film I can absolutely see how you sympathize with Arthur’s situation, which shouldn’t happen. It’s, an almost 50-year-old man, getting beat up by children, wealthy men on a train, and getting teased by other clowns who are in the exact same industry. This, along with the Wayne family side stories, seemed very forced and unrealistic. The film is supposed to be different and do its own thing, but the constant inclusion of the Wayne’s was distracting. There are moments where I was rolling my eyes because these scenes could literally be removed with no consequence to the overall story. As the film progresses it’s abundantly clear that we’re going to get, yet another, rendition of the Wayne family murder. The film is clearly inspired by TAXI DRIVER and THE KING OF COMEDY with many visual nods towards both films. It’s not a copy of those films, but way too obvious that these two films were reference guides. That being said, the film has pretty solid directing with some beautiful shots and an atmospheric musical score with Joaquin Phoenix being amazing as usual. Heath Ledger’s award winning performance as the Clown Prince of Crime is a hard act to follow, but Joaquin is a seasoned and talented actor, making him a great choice to play a character such as Arthur Fleck. However, there are certain ticks that character has that I personally did not enjoy, but to each their own. Another issue I had was that quite a few of the characters are caricatures with many cliché, cheesy moments. For example: SPOILERS BELOW: Early on it’s established that Arthur experiences hallucinations, and this is clear throughout the film. So once Arthur starts, an all too perfect, relationship with a woman, it’s painfully obvious that this is, most likely, in his head. The way that the reveal is handled was also a bit lazy because they felt they had to show flashbacks of every scene they shared…so we can understand it better maybe? The ending is also a hint that the entire film may have been a hallucination, cutting from his full transformation to Arkham Asylum, where he now is incarcerated. END OF SPOILERS: Arthur also doesn’t seem like the type of Joker that could pull off the crimes that other incarnations have. Weaponizing Smilex gas (Jack Nicholson); Convincing Harley Quinn to be a psychopath and leave her life behind (Mark Hamill); Pulling off a large bank heist and turning on the mob (Heath Ledger). I can’t see Arthur doing ANY of this. He doesn’t seem like he has the mental capability to hold a conversation or organized thought, let alone becoming a crime boss. At the very least JOKER is a very interesting character piece on a deranged man that slips into madness because life wasn’t fair to him. It's a shame the film rides entirely on Joaquins performance. There’s a lot to appreciate here, but it’s not groundbreaking and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. This would have been a much better film if they took the comic book gimmick out and Arthur Fleck was just…Arthur Fleck, not The Joker. My Grade: B
  • MASTERPIECE

    5
    By Deez nuts is taken
    BEST MOVIE EVER
  • STUNNING

    5
    By !?AndreA?!
    This move was amazing! And I mean it! While I was in the theater watching this film I felt as if I was there inside of each scene. At the end of the movie I wanted to cry because it was that good! Juaquin Phoenix is an AMAZING actor and will never be forgotten as well as his film JOKER.
  • Phenomenal

    5
    By Lollipop_8
    Masterpiece
  • Joker is a masterpiece

    5
    By okdroypup
    This movie has an amazing soundtrack, but more importantly a dark and twisted look into the world of mental illness. It deserves more than one academy award. Amazing acting, cinematography, and brilliant cast.
  • The best acting I have EVER SEEN

    5
    By FireFishMike
    I saw it in the theater THREE TIMES
  • Joker

    5
    By Bryanbrrrr
    One of the best movies I’ve ever seen, great actors mostly Joaquín phoenix !
  • People can’t admit it

    5
    By Jaketoolittsnake
    This film was outstanding. Now I was on the edge at first, especially since I grew up on the performance of Heath Ledger, in The Dark Knight. But man o man this flipped the script. Never have I ever felt genuinely nervous to watch this movie. This nervousness that built up in me was due to the bias news around the release date. But besides what new reporters/producers say this movie should be watched at least once. It’s a dark, gritty movie with a mood set over the theme of mental illness blinding with beautiful visuals of a collapsing man. 10/10 must see.

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