Joaquin Phoenix is a star with a phenomenal performance.
Joaquin Phoenix stars in “Joker.”
I have to say, though Joker is a low-budget film compared to other comic book movies. It could be the reason why the art directions for the promos have been a bit bolder. You’d think that the official posters would feature other actors like Robert De Niro or Zazie Beetz. But so far everything has been all about Arthur Fleck or the Clown Prince of Crime.
If anything, anyone who already seen this film has nothing to say but praises, and everyone has been raving about a phenomenal performance from Phoenix. With the influence of Martin Scorsese films like The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver, Joker looks to be an in-depth character study masquerading as a comic book film. With the kid-friendly Marvel formula dominating the comic book genre these days, it’s like Joker is trying to trick fanboys into watching something a bit more intellectually stimulating.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
In Theaters: Oct 4, 2019 Wide
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Some Crtic reviews for Joker
The Joker’s make-up is very similar to John Wayne Gacy’s, a serial killer who would often entertain children while dressed as Pogo the Clown. This make-up style was shunned by working clowns at the time, as they strictly prohibit “sharp” ends in their make-up, as it scares children.
Gritty and grubby, garish and loud, violent and depressing, Joker is a blunt instrument of a movie – though it is a good movie. Phoenix is superb, Arthur Fleck’s downward spiral inverted into an ascent to antihero status as Gotham seethes then explodes.
Starting as a powerfully unsettling character study. It builds to the kind of corny and obvious finale you’d expect from, yes, a studio superhero movie.
“Joker” is on the surface the origin of a supervillain but more subtly an exploration of empathy and the personal impact of a society devoid of it.