Joker

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8.42 h 1 min2019X-RayR
“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
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
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.
Rating
R (Restricted)
Content advisory
Smokingfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Nomad3304Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Literal perfection! (spoiler free)
Oh...my...GOD! I had sense of what this movie was going to be like going in, but wow! I was not prepared. Not even a little. The Joker has no definitive origin, but this one is quite possibly his best. Wonderfully enough, homage is paid to most live-action incarnations of the Joker throughout in very subtle, yet gratifying ways. To keep it spoiler-free, I will say that Joaquin Phoenix absolutely delivered. Every supporting character no matter how big or small delivered powerhouse performances. The music (songs and score) were so organic and added so much to the film. This is what all movies, comic book or otherwise, should strive for. Brilliant direction, brilliant acting, and a movie that will absolutely stay with you long after the credits roll.
842 people found this helpful
Supermanick007Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A cinematic masterpiece loosely based on the epic comic book villain.
I’ve seen Joker twice since it opened. The movie is “based” on the Joker from the comics, and director Todd Phillips does a nice job dropping some Easter eggs for Joker/Batman fans. But this is definitely NOT a comic book movie or a movie for kids. I believe the film is nothing short of a masterpiece. A genuine piece of modern art.

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.
743 people found this helpful
Deik017Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not worth the controversy or the praise. The most self indulgent movie I've ever seen.
I don't care about the controversy but Joker is 1000% self indulgent "give me an oscar because I'm weird" crap. I couldn't stop laughing at how bad Joaquin Phoenix was. Never thought I'd say it, but Jared Leto was better. At least he had more crime interaction and did Jokery things. This was a big baby dancing and crying for 2 hours. I couldn't believe it. The plot is also paper thin and is mostly lifted from better movies.

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.
569 people found this helpful
RYTHMICRIOTReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Apples to Oranges.
This is an apples to oranges review. Let's make that clear. Now that we've got that out of the way, this tops everything Marvel has ever put out.
485 people found this helpful
Gene SiskelReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
No One's Laughing At DC Now
The Good- Joaquin Phoenix should definitely get nominated (at the very least) for his portrayal of the Joker. You know you're watching Oscar-worthy acting as soon you see Phoenix on the screen. The subtleties and depth he brings to this performance are three kinds of ridiculous. It's also good to see that Robert DeNiro finally read a script and actually does some acting here (first time since Silver Lining Playbook). The backdrop of the movie is dreary and gritty (being filmed in New Jersey which has 'dreary' in abundance) which matches the state of Joker's mind. Excellent directing by Todd Phillips who can inject humor into a scene where it should not be and make it work. The story is engrossing and realistic. The approach to The character here makes it fresh and new. The supporting cast is rock solid here as well.

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.
388 people found this helpful
Alison StokesReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
BEST Batman movie in the series!
The BEST damn Batman movie in the entire series. If Joaquin Phoenix doesn't win every award possible for his portryal of the Joker, we are doing a disservice to the true art that he put on the screen. Don't know any other actor who could have played this role. It takes someone naturally weird to play the Jokers character as he falls into "a slow descent into madness" as the synopsis puts it. And the Joker goes full blown crazy. This was the best movie we've seen in all of 2019, thanks to Joaquin Phoenix!!
338 people found this helpful
David MReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't waste your money on this snore-fest.
Verified purchase
This is the worst piece of garbage I've seen in a long time. The only good news here is that Jared Leto is no longer the worst Joker. The story takes forever to unfold, there are no compelling characters, and Phoenix was painful to watch. He spent the whole movie crying or laughing, and the laughing wasn't even believable. Also, Bruce Wayne makes an appearance in this movie as a child. So the Joker is 30 years older than Wayne. By the time he becomes Batman, the Joker would be using a Walker. This is the most overhyped junk in the history of ever.
190 people found this helpful
Ferris BuellerReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A stunning achievement! A Masterpiece of Cinematic Art!
JOKER is Taxi Driver done DC Comics style! Bold, ugly, brutal, sick, brilliant, riviting, hypnotic, intense, stunning, realistic, beautiful, magnificent!
As socially relevant to today's political climate as BlackKklansman, JOKER delivers! A triumph in the same class as Seven, Fight Club, Chariots of Fire, Wyatt Earp, The Last Temptation of Christ, 12 Years a Slave, First Man, Blue Velvet, Goodfellas, The Godfather, Jaws, The Exorcist, Do The Right Thing, The Age of Innocence, Citizen Kane and The Shining.
I'm getting this first day it's available on 4K UHD and I sincerely hope it's a Native 4K release and not an upscale!

UPDATE: Good News! According to Blu-Ray.com JOKER will be a Native 4K release!
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