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Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller |
Runtime: 121 min
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society.
ANXIETY, CYNICAL, AND ENTERTAINING
The prospect for Joker (2019), turning a comic-book villain to a story, depicted on the big screen in terms of an original story, is not particularly nuanced but a chance for Warner Brothers and DC Comics Entertainment to finally be able to redeem themselves for the better good.
It’s very clearly stated in this film on why Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) acts the way he does. And he really gives everything that he possibly can in this tight written and directed crime-film. It feels somewhat natural in the aspect that this is a crime-movie that takes place in Gotham and references to the Wayne Enterprises is far along in the film and a constant factor and the impact for Arthur and the impact on how he behaves later on. It’s also a very cynically and compact movie, with very self-centered dialogue where everything might be even up to debate. As it takes on the similarity of the self-destruction Robert DeNiro gave in Taxi Driver (1976), it also shows the upper hand society actually has and the consequences when everything doesn’t go as planned.
Joaquin often nails the roles he takes on. He knows how to make a superb impression for the audience and as always, he doesn’t give a shit about anybody else. The performance he gives as the mentally ill person reflects on how the society finally accepts who he is, after the path he takes on. The immensely impactful scenes give an interesting perspective and have forced some people to rethink. The cinematography in this picture is clearly spot on and helps to better understand this character. The Joker often steals the spotlight mostly in every scene. He’s very intense and sometimes disturbing to follow. The soundtrack of the movie does set the tone for. It gives the story a deeper purpose. The direction is sharp and consistent all the way through as director Todd Philips gives foreshadowing for what’s about to come. Although, everything isn’t completely perfect in this film.
The build-up for the character takes all too long. We see a moment that we know and are familiar with since before. And it should be a little longer so the third act wouldn’t feel so incomplete and a little rushed. Overall, this is one of the best movies of the year and is probably one of the best features that DC and Warner Bros. could come up with for a long time, as this is part of a new beginning in terms of telling DC Comic Book movies. A film worth watching.