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“Joker” centers around the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. The exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.]]>
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Joker is so much of a deep dive into the character of Arthur Fleck/Joker that Joaquin Phoenix is on screen for almost every minute of the movie. It is entirely from his perspective. Phoenix gives an incredible performance as both sympathetic Fleck and delusional Joker. While Heath Ledger’s Joker was also amazing, and at the time, a stunning new interpretation on the character, I believe Phoenix’ portrayal goes even further. It is VERY different from Ledgers. Ledger was a criminally insane Joker throughout the whole movie. A true anarchist version of the character. Phoenix, on the other hand, is a mentally insane man who allows the public’s perception of him to actually mold who he becomes...the Joker. I was ENTHRALLED with every minute of the movie. Phoenix nails everything about Arthur Fleck; his pained mannerisms, his laughing “condition”, his awkward interactions and his delusional (and sometimes painfully true) view on society and the people around him. Towards the last 3rd of the movie, as the shift from Fleck to Joker really takes hold, you can see Phoenix’ mannerisms, voice and confidence change.
It’s funny, after the first viewing I told my friends I didn’t know if I could see it a second time so soon (I had pre-ordered tickets a couple of weeks ago for both nights). The movie was that disturbing and taxing. But as the day was leading up to watching it again my anticipation and excitement grew. I actually enjoyed the movie more the second time as I was able to truly focus on nuances and details during the second viewing.
I’m not sure I understand the controversy associated with the movie. Sure, there is violence in it. But nothing that glorifies it or sensationalizes it like so many other popular movies. The idea that the movie makes a villain such as the Joker sympathetic has also been a critique. The viewer will definitely sympathize with Fleck. But I also think the viewer will identify the Joker’s responses to his perceived (and in many cases real) societal slights as over the top, repugnant and unjustified. I viewed the movie as an intimate and introspective look into an individual’s mental illness and the societal pushes and circumstances that could lead to that vulnerable person committing unspeakable acts. It’s very deep. I think the comic character, Joker, was ripe for this type of “origin” storytelling and I give Phillips kudos for having the genius to put the two together. Of course, NONE of this works, without the Oscar worthy performance of Phoenix. I can’t think of a performance over the last decade that was more deserving of an Oscar.
My second viewing of the movie was at an IMAX screen, and although the movie is an intimate story with no CGI or special effects, it really is the best way to see it. Phillips captures a 70’s/80’s vibe with the way he filmed it but it also has a modern sharpness to the imagery that looks incredible on an IMAX screen. You don’t often leave a theater feeling that you didn’t just see a movie but instead that you “experienced” a film, that will happen after you see Joker. I will be purchasing this movie on 4K Blu Ray as soon as it is available on Amazon pre-order.
Movie attempts to have social commentary about mental health yadda yadda and fails miserably. It's like it was written by a high schooler who just learned what psychology is and has seen Glass too many times.
Currently the film is being over praised as "brilliant" and it's simply not. The only brilliant person on set was the director of photography, because it is an excellent looking movie.
I wanted this movie to be good but it's literally just Joaquin Phoenix prancing like an idiot and being sad. It's not even that violent or visceral. I'll never watch another Joaquin Phoenix movie, I've had enough of him with this.
The Bad- When the end credits rolled up.
The Deal- Joaquin Phoenix puts on a master class in acting here and this does not play like a superhero movie at all. This is a crime drama/thriller. It's one of those movies you're still thinking about the next day. Ah, the Joker, the best villain ever created on any medium in the history of everything. For further proof, just watch this movie.
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El pero que le pongo y en el cual se centra mi calificación es a las condiciones en las que recibí mi paquete, el slipcover llego con las esquinas dobladas, en la parte de la Unión venia despegado en las esquinas y en Gran parte del slipcover se ven algunos puntos brilloso como si este hubiera sufrido algún raspón, tal vez este factor pueda sonar algo exagerado, pero la verdad prefiero que mis películas lleguen en la mejor condición posible, ya que lleguen estéticamente mal, esto puede ser una señal de que la paqueteria (En mi caso Redpack) no cuido bien el paquete o que desde origen (Amazon EE. UU.) no cuidaron el artículo, ya que de las ocasiones que he comprado películas importadas Esta es la primera ocasión en la que la película llega con esos detalles.
Joker 4K Importada incluye:
»Dos Discos, Uno Bluray (Disco Negro) y otro Bluray 4K (Rojo).
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Respecto a la entrega, pues llegó antes de lo esperado.
Respecto a la película, no cabe aclarar que es de lo mejor de este año y en relación al audio y el video (4k y dolby atmos) es excelente.
Otro punto a favor es su Aspect Ratio, el cual llena la pantalla permitiendo disfrutar la gran fotografía que tiene el filme.
Con un 4K nativo, se nota en su definición, colores y en las tomas oscuras con su Dolby Vision.
Sin duda es una compra obligada para los amantes del UHD.
Y que decir del 4K Blu-Ray, me ha llegado sin ningún maltrato o daño, impecable y con la buena logística de Amazon que lo caracteriza.
Mi calificación es más por el tipo de producto que por la película en si, la peli es una genialidad.