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'JOKER' movie reviews

welcome to my review of the latest

controversial comic book movie jokers

directed by todd phillips and stars

joaquin phoenix as arthur fleck a man

who feels disregarded by everyone around

him he works as a sign twirl ER he

points people towards deals dressed up

like a clown he lives in a ratty old

apartment with a sick mother he's often

beaten up on the streets and because of

all this his world slowly begins to

crumble and he finds himself being

pushed towards violence there has been

so much talk and discourse surrounding

this movie and all of it has been a joy

I've loved every minute of it all of the

takes it's been so great the Joker is my

favorite comic book villain ever so

automatically I have a bit of a bias but

in films past as you know whenever that

character was involved in the movie

Batman was also there so there was a

good and evil presence now we're just

focusing on this person and his origin

and at first I was a little adverse to

that because I loved the idea of the

Joker not really having an origin I

loved him being a constant the idea that

he has just always been this way and his

past is so murky that he's even more

terrifying Nolan understood that pretty

well with his Dark Knight film but

that's not to say that that origin has

never been explored in comics before and

so I opened myself up to this idea and I

loved this film I think it is wonderful

Joaquin Phoenix in particular is

mesmerizing everything I had heard about

his performance is true and yet he

somehow still surprised me he is

deserving of an Oscar nomination based

off of the other performances that I've

seen so far in 2019 the film leans very

heavily into this being a character that

is downtrodden in life you do feel

sympathy for him because you understand

just how shitty his life has been based

off of this portrayal and that could be

dangerous you could fall into being a

bit sappy or syrupy you know asking for

too much sentimentality for this guy

making you feel sorry for him constantly

but Joaquin Phoenix and his performance

treads that line really beautifully

because even when you feel like damn I

feel bad for you because your life is

such shit

you also see this brewing darkness

behind his eyes where you you no longer

feel bad for him you actually are

getting scared of this guy and it is a

very realistic and probable portrayal of

how somebody might become somebody like

the Joker you understand why he decides

to choose a life of crime

over anything else because life has

never really given him something else to

live for and just when he thought there

could be no other Joker laughs or

another take at this laughs Phoenix once

again surprises with something that

feels painful like there are times where

he's laughing and then you can tell that

his throat catches and he starts

coughing and he holds his chest like

laughing this hard is actually

physically painful for him and I thought

that was fucking brilliant such a great

idea like I'm not gonna get into the

compare game because that's just

pointless plus I've only seen this movie

once but this is definitely able to

stand side by side with what Ledger did

Ledger is iconic and that performance

will never be outdone in my opinion but

what Phoenix does here is wholly his own

it feels unique to him it feels like

something only he could do and his work

as Joker is fierce and ferocious he eats

the screen every single time he's in

frame which thankfully is quite often

it's also really well shot the

cinematography the color palette

beautiful gorgeous movie doesn't feel

like a comic book film feels like a

drama because it is a drama I wouldn't

even really call this a thriller this is

absolutely a character study and its

inspirations are very obvious if you've

seen any of Scorsese's films namely the

two behind me king of comedy and taxi

driver

I mean they've cast Robert De Niro as a

talk show host in this movie and I don't

think that was a mistake that is one of

my biggest issues with the movie it is

very inspired by the blueprint

taxi driver there are key visuals in the

film that feel like they are taken from

taxi driver there are direct visual nods

and hints to taxi driver and KF comedy

there is just a little bit too much of

that it's not that this film doesn't

feel like its own thing and it's not

like the movie is a copy and paste or

anything it's certainly its own film

breathe to life wonderfully by what

Joaquin Phoenix is doing on screen but

you can't escape the fact that it is

absolutely inspired by those films that

came before it which all films are

inspired by something obviously it's

just that in the case of this movie it's

a little more obvious one of the biggest

challenges with a film like this is

taking a character who is turning

towards evil and having him be the

protagonist how do you carry a character

like this throughout the whole movie

without having that good person like

Batman to come in and say hey this is

wrong

maybe a bad cell forever but I think at

the same time the lack of a heroic

character is what makes this film

special because it makes the audience

ask some hard questions questions like

what role do we play in creating the

Joker the person who does something

horrible in the world do we have a cog

in that wheel are we part of that system

is there a way in which we've

contributed to this even though we're

not the ones pulling the trigger the

fact that a comic book movie is asking

harsh questions like this is really

great the score also is super haunting

and really chilling and it's minimal to

the point where it doesn't feel like

it's overstaying it's welcome it never

feels like it's becoming more than what

it should be it just feels like that

great addition to some of the more

creepy scenes that really help you feel

that this guy is slowly becoming

unhinged

some people have addressed concerns that

this film perhaps glorifies violence or

condones violence or makes you feel

sympathy for this character and makes

you understand and even side with him

when he does horrible things those are

valid concerns and I understand those

concerns

the problem that I have with them is

that that is the Joker character the

Joker character looks at the world

thinks it's hilariously hypocritical and

uses violence to point that out I mean

the Dark Knight came out in 2008 and we

had that great Hospital scene where the

Joker is looking at two-faced and he's

like if I tell the press that like a

gangbanger will get shot at nobody

panics but if I say that what little old

mayor will die well then everyone mr.

wise that's the character and this is

not a surprise to me that we're seeing a

portrayal of the Joker I feel like

people forgot that the Joker is a

fucking mass murdering sociopath like

did what were they expecting he was

gonna like tickle people to death also I

feel like people who are concerned about

the violence in this movie haven't

watched movies taxi driver came out in

the 70s for God's sakes and it was very

controversial I mean I wasn't there but

I've read plenty of reviews from that

era and people were very concerned about

the way it depicts Travis Bickle

and that you kind of side with him and

understand why he loses his fucking mind

this is not something that's uncommon in

films a character who goes off the deep

end and kills people this is something

that we've examined in films and

documentaries for decades there's a

reason why there's so many documentaries

about the Zodiac killer or various

murderers on Netflix people are

fascinated by what would bring someone

to this point and after the discussion I

heard about the movies level of violence

I was expecting it to be a lot more

graphic than it is if you were bothered

by this film you would never get through

martyrs like that's a violent movie this

film is not even as violent as Deadpool

that's just like a fact it's just taken

more seriously and so people are

bothered by it the last thing I'll say

about this controversy and keep in mind

I've never made a single tweet about

this Facebook post nothing this is the

only time I've ever discussed this

that's why I'm talking

about this people have not seen this

movie and they've been talking about

this controversy for months now okay so

like i i've been holding it inside in

regards to the main criticism does this

movie condone violence is it siding with

a mass murderer no i don't think it

condones violence I just think it's

depicting it I think we are seeing a

portrayal of how someone might lose it

and do horrible things and choose that

it's not saying hey this is the route to

happiness it's saying careful because

this could be how it ends up that's all

and I think the fact that we're having

this discussion at all about a comic

book film is really great now granted

this movie isn't flawless or anything

but I would rather watch a movie like

this over some of the more throwaway

disposable superhero films that are

entertaining while you're watching them

but are you really thinking about it

afterwards

sometimes sure sometimes there's really

great ones like Thor Ragnarok or the

first Iron Man or Avengers and game and

all that shit yeah those are good movies

they're fun to watch but you know I'm

actually thinking about shit after this

movie is I sat around with my friends

afterwards and we fucking talked for

like two hours about the film and that's

saying something

so with Joaquin Phoenix's excellent

performance Todd Phillips and his

surehand behind the camera the gorgeous

cinematography the great score this is a

really good movie I wish it didn't

follow the blueprint of taxi driver to

such a tee but nevertheless I think this

is the best version of a joker origin

story we could have gotten in a film it

doesn't follow everything about the

comics and that's fine I like that it's

different I like that it takes liberties

all good adaptations should you should

not follow the the source material to

such scrutiny that there's no surprises

there's no originality there's no voice

and this movie has all of those I'm

gonna give Joker an a-minus I was

riveted by this movie from just about

start to finish I think it's really

really good and time will tell on its

impact and whether or not it was really

worth all this fuss

more than likely it wasn't and in about

a year or with the way time goes now in

about three months we'll be on to the

next thing but for now this is the

current film controversy and I'm very

curious to see how this plays out I'm

also very excited for you guys to see

the movie and I hope you enjoy it so

thank you very much as always for

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