- Origin: 25/25
- Story: 25/25
- Camera/SFX: 25/25
- Performance: 25/25
“Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fracturedsociety. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
- Rated: R (Adult language, bloody images and violence)
- Genre: Action, Adventure and Drama
- Directed by: Todd Phillips
- Written by: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
- Release date: 4th October, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 122 minutes
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
|Joaquin Phoenix||Arthur Fleck / Joker|
|Robert De Niro||Murray Franklin|
|Zazie Beetz||Sophie Dunmond|
This character has a lot of depth and lore to him from the comics and I’m glad they took the time and care to make this a Joker to remember. I loved how they made Gotham look and feel, busy streets and tough times meant it really felt like a struggle. Using political issues was a good move and allowed for narrative to flow and have real meaning.
A masterpiece of this generation. The story and character were slowly built up to its peak and then let loose, this is how you mould a character. Nothing felt rushed, nor did any scene feel dull, I was kept interested throughout. You were invested in Arthur Fleck, even though he is insane, his struggles can resinate with so many people.
Clever and impactful, I felt fully immersed in this film. There were times where the character is imagining things as well as being absolutely mad, but the camera and effects make it clear of the difference and do so well to show all the smart story telling to their fullest.
The star of the show, Joaquin Phoenix, was amazing and stood as his own Joker. He had big shoes to fill, this is the Joker we needed and deserved. I know it can be tough to take a role on like this, mentally and physically. Even the rest of the cast was brilliant, Robert De Niro suited his role well and I could definitely see him being a nigh time host. A surprise addition was Zazie Beetz she played Sophie Dumond with heart and I allowed the intenseness to be humanised for us, giving us a chance to take it all in and enjoy what was happening.