Unexpected, Creepy, Realistic: Reasons for Watching Joker09 October 2019
The release of new Joker made the Internet go crazy with great reviews, while even old ladies in trolleybuses predicted the Oscar to the leading man – Joaquin Phoenix. Let’s figure out why the hype movie is so attractive. No spoilers!
Relation to comics
Joker, a character from DC Comics, is quite a baffling person. His past is blurry, and existing plots are primarily related to Batman. There are several suggestions concerning how the supervillain has become the one he is: madness, the effect of chemicals during the robbery. Another special feature of the character in comics and previous films is scars making a “smiling” face.
Well, forget everything you know about Joker, as the remake by Todd Phillips tells us a different story. It is actually a comics original, a kind of The Dark Knight’s prequel. We can see the connection with Batman but in an unexpected form. This story is not about heroes and villains, but about the lonely and strange individual in the large and hostile city.
Joaquin Phoenix: as handsome as the dawn
Joaquin Phoenix is known among film lovers for such movies as Gladiator, Her, and You Were Never Really Here. His Joker turned out to be unique and distinctive, unlike previous ones. His acting is fascinating. It seems like a chamber theatre on the big screen.
Joker performed by Joaquin Phoenix is extremely realistic: crazy, lonely, generating sympathy, sorrow, and fear at the same time. Forty-five-year-old Joaquin Phoenix has gained Oscar nominations threefold but has never received the award. We wonder whether this role will provide the actor with the Oscar or not.
Interesting facts about Joker
Besides obvious references to comics, the film has some curious parallels with a classic of global cinematography.
Joker is frequently accompanied by Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. The modern adaption is full of references to this legendary movie: general atmosphere, details, and scenes.
A clear curtsey is dropped to The King of Comedy with Robert De Niro in the lead role (plots are partially overlapped). By the way, Robert also acts in Joker as a well-known TV host. Coincidence?
The movie is compared to Falling Down with Michael Douglas in the lead role: this is about the character who slowly and fatally burns out and, consequently, goes beyond all bounds.
Joaquin Phoenix said in one of the interviews that he had never watched any previous film adaptations about this character in order not to fall under their influence.
Todd Phillips made his name due to The Hangover comedy film. Therefore, such a realistic drama produced by him is a great surprise.
The initial version is almost half-hour longer than the one for cinemas. Removed scenes will be available after Joker’s official release on digital media.
The major allusion leads to the present, to our reality, because Joker is shown as a creation of society and its cruelty.
Is it worth watching?
Joker screening at the Venice International Film Festival ended with a storm of applause and plaudits. Now, the Internet is full of enthusiastic reviews. However, there is some criticism: the movie is abused for slowness and violent scenes.
Well before the release, Joker became infamous, causing concerns that it would provoke some people to riots. The US authorities even tightened cinema security on screening days, but everything was peaceful.
Is it worth watching Joker? Indeed, it is if you like good and meaningful films. Moreover, be careful if you are intolerant of violence on the screen. It is not a comedy, the character eerily looks like your strange neighbor, and superheroes won’t rescue the world at the end. No happy end and this is amazing!