Written by Ollie C. & Josh P.
Ollie's Rating: 10/10
Josh's Rating: 10/10
The much anticipated (and recently highly (and unfairly) controversial) DC Black Label film 'Joker' from visionary director Todd Phillips and the equally wonderful Joaquin Phoenix has finally hit theatres around the globe, becoming the Number #1 movie in the world. If I'm honest, this is certainly my favourite film of the year- even surpassing the juggernaut that was Avengers: Endgame back in April of this year. This film defied all my expectations- which were already incredibly high considering the countless awards talk, the Cannes Lions award and the discourse that was bubbling throughout the past few weeks. I always anticipated this to be a very different movie, one that doesn't conform to the typical stereotypes of a comic book movie, and boy does it deliver. Phillips' vision for this new take on the clown prince of crime is outstanding, from the 70s/early-80's style cinematography (even down to the use of film for the title cards), to the gorgeous set pieces and character moments featuring the astounding Phoenix in the titular role.
This film certainly doesn't deserve all the negative criticisms it has been receiving recently, in particular reference to the risk of "inciting violence". This film in no way romanticises the actions of the Joker- he is and always has been the so-called 'Bad Guy' and while at first he comes across as a mere loner and individual struggling with mental health problems, his later actions are certainly not looked upon as heroic or positive. This is an incredibly important film in the history of cinema, tackling deep and dark issues that lurk in the underbelly of our society and consciousness, it is merely lifting the lid on some of these issues in order to prevent them, not encourage them.
Joaquin himself is (as mentioned countless times before across the internet) perfect. Utterly perfect. His slow descent into anarchial madness is gripping, sickening and down-right disturbing yet he never fails to be disengaging, you are hooked from start to finish, watching this man's life crumble around him. While this film is (in my eyes) the best DC has ever put to screen, I also feel that it wouldn't be right to take this character further into a more interconnected universe, as it would take away some of the artistic uniqueness that was this standalone character and societal study. Warner Bros has a difficult decision to make now, because while this new universe is an incredibly fruitful and intriguing one, would it taint the originality of this film? Only time will tell.
To finish, Joker is a sumblime film, that takes a peek under the carpet that all the negativity, societal differences and frankly madness has been brushed underneath. This film will go down in cinematic history, be sure to see it while you still have the chance
So here it is! Joker has finally been released!! What more can be said than wow! The movie 100% lives up to the hype that it it currently receiving! The effort that Joaquin Pheonix put into the role is insane and should 100% be considered for the best actor role at the Oscars. He pulls of every scene incredibly and makes his character very beliveable to have a mental illness.
The transformation of how he went from Arthur Fleck to The Joker is sad and makes you feel for Arthur. The way society beats Arthur again and again is presented in a really great way. The movie has a great build up which is perfectly paid off in the third act and makes the wait 100% worth it. Joaquin Pheonix's performance has definitely become a fan favourite rivaling Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill for the best interpretation of the Joker to date. Todd Philips has created a masterpiece which is definitely worth watching and will become one of your favourite movie's this year, like it has for me.
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