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Joker

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8.42 h 1 min2019X-Ray16+
“Joker” is an original, standalone story. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Directors
Todd Phillips
Starring
Joaquin PhoenixRobert De NiroZazie Beetz
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Frances ConroyBrett CullenGlenn FleshlerBill CampShea WhighamMarc MaronDouglas HodgeRocco LunaJosh PaisLeigh GillSondra JamesMurphy Guyer
Producers
Todd PhillipsBradley CooperEmma Tillinger-Koskoff
Studio
Warner Bros.
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Foul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Jack RansomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Joker
My most anticipated film for the rest of the year since ‘Avengers: Endgame’. ‘Joker’ stars Joaquin Phoenix as a Arthur Fleck. A man suffering with mental illness and disregarded by society. This film chronicles his transformation into the Joker. This film has had heaps of praise and most recently a lot of controversy. Are both of these earned? The answer to that is ‘Yes.’

For a character study like this to work you have to have a well written and performances character. Arthur is essentially in every scene of Joker and if he isn’t it’s normally because it’s from his perspective. Phoenix gives a fierce and in no doubt iconic performance here. It’s a role that demands subtlety, physicality and dedication. Phoenix really delivers in all aspects, throwing himself head first into the role. He’s clearly lost a lot of weight, and really researched into mental illness and schizophrenia and really makes you feel sorry for Fleck. The laugh as well is fantastic, it’s a medical condition Arthur suffers with, he chokes, covers his face and clearly is pain when he’s laughing, it’s hard to watch and is so well done you’d think Phoenix actually suffered with it in real life. When he fully falls into the Joker persona it’s a intense and terrifying yet there’s also a sense of freedom to it. Phoenix adds more and more to Arthur as the film progresses and he loses it more and more and the scene where he’s in full costume descending down the stairs laughing, dancing and smoking is that pay off. There are couple of almost interlude sections where Arthur will just be completely lost in a almost ritualistic dance routine whilst trying to calm himself or prepare for something it’s truly fascinating to see. As for the last section... Coupled with De Niro, who’s recapturing his ‘The King Of Comedy’ days makes for an epic, devastating and perfect finale.

Speaking of De Niro, he isn’t phoning it in here at all (which he has done in recent smaller roles in less impressive films). He has a smaller role here but it’s great whenever he’s on screen as the talk show host Murray Franklin. Brett Cullen is great as Thomas Wayne and I like how they abandon the more positive traits of the character from some of the material that we’ve seen in the animated series and comics. Zazie Beets is good as Sophie, her and his mother (Frances Conroy) being the only two positives in his life.

From thematic and story perspective the film does lean and borrow heavily from ‘The King Of Comedy’ & ‘Taxi Driver’ (two great films to be inspired by) and is a definite slow burn which I do appreciate in my films, this does at times mean some scenes go on a bit too long and there are few that are slightly repetitive. Yes, there are nods to more than just Thomas Wayne in this film which I won’t spoil, due to them having a huge impact on the plot, they will prove devisive, I personally didn’t have a problem.

The technical aspects are also impressive. The set design of 80’s Gotham is a bleak, dirty, violent mass with a plague of ‘super rats’ due to the rich not helping or funding the cleaning of the sewers. The cinematography and lighting is perfect, making a filthy city genuinely beautiful at times. The score and soundtrack of this film also really elevate it to another level as well and I will definitely be listening to it when it’s fully relrsssd, haunting, epic and horrifying it really is a unique sound, especially paired with some excellent licensed soundtrack songs.

‘Joker’ is a game-changer within the comic book genre. A near-perfect take on an iconic villain with a outstanding lead performance, visually impressive lighting and cinematography and one of the best scores I have heard.

‘Send in the clowns.’
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R. SturrockReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 November 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
What do you get if you know nothing about the Joker but want to make lots of money?
I've been a lifelong Batman fan since as long as I can remember and among my favorites in the Batman rogues gallery is of course the Joker. I'd read about this Joker film coming out a while before it was released and was looking forward to seeing an interesting take on the character without the Batman taking the limelight. I managed to see the film in the cinema three weeks ago and wanted to share my thoughts.

Unfortunately what we have in this film is a character that is so far removed from the character of the Joker that the director of the movie should be sued under the trade descriptions act.

The Joker in this film suffers from Schizophrenia and an anxiety disorder causing him to involuntarily laugh in stressful or chaotic situations. The real Joker (from the comics) is a Narcissistic Psychopath who laughs because he causes chaos. These two illness are so far removed from each other that they cannot ever conceivably be compared.

The real Joker's mental health disintegrated when he suffered multiple catastrophic events leading to him becoming horribly disfigured after escaping the Batman through a container of chemicals which bleached his skin white, his lips bright red and turned his hair green. The Joker in this film has no such backstory. In this film the Joker (handily) already suffers from mental ill health (albeit the wrong type of mental illness to make any sense within the context of the Jokers long 80 year history) and simply paints his face with clown makeup. Strangely the makeup used in this film does not even resemble the Jokers usual appearance and is more consistent with a circus clowns makeup.

The real Joker has no name. In this film the Joker is apparently called Arthur Fleck ( A. Fleck...…...Affleck...….Ben Affleck. Yes, very good. ) This destroys the mystery of the character and turns him into something he's not.

The Joker in this movie bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to the Joker that has been consistently presented for the last 80 years. At the same time the version of Thomas Wayne presented in this movie and particularly the version of Alfred presented in this movie also have no similarity physically, morally and behaviourally to the characters that we have come to know over the last 80 years.

The inclusion of a backstory which may link the Joker to the Wayne family is ham-fisted and unnecessary and again has no place in the Joker's backstory or history. It makes you wonder why the Producers of the movie even bothered to pretend it was a movie about the Joker at all. Unless it was because they figured that they could make a lot more money by pretending it was a comic book character movie rather than what it actually is, a movie about the collapse of social morality and the lack of care available for the most vulnerable members of society. There's definitely a place for that kind of movie and i'd have had a lot more respect for this films makers if they had been a bit more honest about what they had made and not pretended that this is a movie about the Joker from the Batman universe. It isn't. It has no connection whatsoever.

Whilst Joker is definitely a well crafted and well acted film it is not wholly responsible in it's depiction of mental illness inevitably leading to violent acts to others from the sufferer. In most cases people who suffer from Schizophrenia are not inclined to commit violent acts and generally are more concerned with coping with trying, as best they can, to live their lives peacefully. Usually people with Schizophrenia are the more vulnerable members of our society and it's a little sad to see another movie presenting a person presenting with Schizophrenia as a violent killer. Having said that this film is certainly an interesting commentary on the alienation of vulnerable people in todays society. It's just a shame that the film wasn't released as such and instead was dressed up to look like a Joker movie. But the producers had a scheme to make lots of money off the unsuspecting public and it looks like they managed to pull it off and fool us all.

I guess the Jokes on us...………..
267 people found this helpful
CMcC194Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Joker
Just finished watching Joker and got to say Joaquin Phoenix's acting was absolutely brilliant I'd be very surprised if he doesn't get an oscar! Film maybe slow for some as it's not your typical comic book movie, but it tells a dramatic story. The acting, the feeling and emotionally bold storytelling is realistic yet dark.

PS. please ignore the PC wet wipe critics giving negative reviews saying it will make people go crazy. Just go and enjoy the film for what it is.
187 people found this helpful
mummy spoonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best film of 2019!
Absolutely brilliant film, my favourite of the year so far! I don't even know where to start with a review so I won't say too much, but I was blown away by Joaquin Phoenix 's performance and I felt it was close to perfection in it's cinematography, editing and script and I also loved the soundtrack, very eerie.
I haven't seen a few of this years big releases yet to make a final call but at the moment I would put this at the top for 2019 and can easily see it staying there.
132 people found this helpful
SteppesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
They say Marvel has the best Superheroes. DC the best villains. Here's why.
Last time i saw a film this good was Mad Max Fury Road. That film's trailer was so good i recall wondering if the whole film is half as good as that trailer, we're in for a ride. As it happened MMFR surpassed all expectations.
The Joker teaser trailer is possibly one of the finest trailers ever assembled setting the scene but saying nothing else. Again i thought the same. Again it surpassed every expectation, and then some. This is not a superhero film but set in the same universe as Martin Scorsese's early films such as Taxi Driver and King of Comedy as well as films like Death Wish. Although supposedly set in 1981, it feels very 70's. The last hurrah for great American cinema.
Joaquin Phoenix's performance as Arthur Fleck is the beginning, middle and end of this near masterpiece. The screenplay, music, cinematography and direction are first rate.
Controversial because it humanises insanity which may be a problem for some. It plays all too close to the conflicted world we have created in the 21st century.
The screenplay throws enough curveballs to make it all make sense at it's conclusion. Oh what conclusion. What a joke. What a Joker. As that it also makes it very frightening, hence the backlash by people who not want to think beyond their popcorn.
Not only one of the finest films of the year, but of the decade.
102 people found this helpful
LDEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 February 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Symptom of a Broken Society
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This film has great acting but I would give it a big miss. It's a dark dystopian tale on the the supposed origins of the Joker character but it's really about a terribly damaged boy grown into a terribly damaged man who lurches towards not just a new life as a cartoon nemesis but a really sick killer, simply put (through no fault his own, being the movie's message). It's terribly sad, violent and has no redeeming message except that when our society trashes people, we all suffer. It's an obvious message but carried through in a brutalizing and frankly degrading way - the the viewer, to the film itself and to the wonderful acting. We have all been anesthetized to brutality and violence in this world but consuming movies like this is akin to being sated on 'feelies' in Huxley's Brave New World - it's degrade us as a society and the viewer. That doesn't mean it's a bad piece of cinematic art. But unlike the violence of a great canvass (Guernica) this one has no beauty and majesty to it. It's just sick. Give it a big miss.
52 people found this helpful
Only1HawkyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s NOT political, just a truly great film
Yesterday, I submitted to my curiosity, born out of a “rave” review that I’d read in a monthly magazine (one of many, I’m sure). As a rule, I like character studies, and I don’t like films which overly rely on unnecessary gimmicks or special effects (Joker has neither, thankfully). The cinematography is excellent; dark, dull, dingy, wet, yet never consciously tries to be atmospheric. As you may be aware, the storyline revolves around the origins and development of the main character, from humble and troubled beginnings to what he eventually becomes. Yes, there is violence, with one scene in particular which stuck in my mind after the final credits rolled. That said, I think that the 15 age rating is just about right. If anyone still has any doubts about whether Joaquin Phoenix is one of the greatest actors of his (or any current) generation, go and watch this film and prepare to have those doubts well and truly blown away. His performance is an astonishing tour de force, fully capturing the essence of the main character. In the film, things eventually start to unravel, and he begins to fight back against a society that he sees as deeply uncaring and unfair. Some critics have, er, criticised the use of what they deem to be politically incorrect music by Gary Glitter in one of the scenes near the end of the film, but to me it makes perfect sense (it’s all about context). Maybe you’ll understand when you watch the film. I have deliberately avoided going into much detail as I am not one for wanting to spoil things for anyone else. In conclusion, I have seen many films in my time, but very rarely have I seen a film that has you in its grip from start to finish. Joker is one of those films.
89 people found this helpful
ABCDEFGH1234@*Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A thought provoking drama which doesn’t fall in line with a traditional superhero film
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I’m sure I’m one of the many hundreds of 5 star reviewers on here reviewing this wonderful film.
I’m a big comic buff and I’d say equally as big a Joker buff.
I’m well versed in Batman’s history and the Jokers many histories and incarnations.
Well, this is a spoiler-ish review, please stop reading now if you haven’t watched the movie.
Well, for the film... I’ve never seen this take on The Joker before.
I was expecting a ‘Joker’ from Brian Azzarello (check out the graphic novel for another fantastic visual take on the Joker)
I’m an Autistic man. I make no secret of it and I have my struggles and will always continue to have them and this is where I relate to ‘Arthur’
It’s a shockingly pessimistic film, with tones of dystopia which are shockingly similar to our own world, hell, it could be our world. Are we really watching a DC movie?
We’ve always attached ourselves to symbols, like The Batman for example so this take on Joker doesn’t come as too much of a shocker for me personally. It could under the right circumstances possibly happen if the wind blew the right way so to speak.
Mr. Phoenix took a very psychopathic killer with my many mental health labels attached to his psyche and made him... Relatable? I don’t feel empathy much, I don’t understand it, but the parallels of my life are shockingly similar.
This brings up for me the depth of mental health, neurological issues and the outside worlds view of them.
Shun them, throw us away, cast away thy person one does not understand.
It’s fantastic and raw cinema to watch because it does happen.
I have to throw compliments to DeNiro also, he plays his usual faces and his acting is as stellar as it’s always been.
Conroy and Beetz (Whom looked stunning) and the smaller gentleman Leigh Gill were all amazing.
As I said, I did not expect this Joker.
I’ve seen them all and read most from Mischievous clown to Serial Killer and this one is one of my top 3.
It’s fresh because it steps out of the box and Joker is still anonymous (Adoption through his Mother)
I was worried with him having a name that the mystique of Joker would vanish. His depth lies in the fact we know nothing of him, like a ghost almost.
It’s a slow burning film in my opinion, but that’s fine because it plays like a drama rather than a traditional DC/Marvel superhero flick. It peels back layers at a time so there is a lot to digest.
The ending is truly a masterwork with The Wayne’s latest cinema death, but with Mr.Phoenix ending lines, it just ends beautifully.
The soundtrack is a triumph also. Real rustic and grating music that pierces ones ears but flows with the mood so perfectly.
The make up of Joker I’m a bit iffy with, but none the less the ending smile made up for it.
None the less, a true cinematic masterpiece.
The dvd I received from Amazon was with a cardboard sleeve and a basic white dvd box.
Box is flimsy as expected but the disc played fine.
It’s a healthy 117 minutes long.
Languages are English, Castilian and Spanish.
Subtitles are English, Castilian, Spanish, Danish, Greek, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish.
Apparently it’s a dual layer format disc or at least it says so on the box.
Special features which I skimmed through seem to be Director Todd Philips talking and various editing scenes and alt scenes.
All in all, I’m sorry for such a lengthy review and if you read all of it then thank you.
It’s well worth watching and it’s a thought provoking drama.

Edit: 24th April 2022.
I just wanted to thank the people for liking my review. I’m (currently) a high reviewer on Amazon Uk, and I’d say this is my most personal review revealing so many details of whom I really am.
This movie now at this time, it’s hard to watch. A visual masterpiece, a socially beautiful score of absurdity rooted in real life and i just wanted to say thank you for reading, liking and Respecting my review. It’s not my highest liked review, but those 19 thumbs up mean the world to me. Thank you for reading.
Please be kind, no matter what our differences.
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