Joaquin Phoenix-starrer Joker is solid in both its craft and storytelling but the violence is unsettling and leans dangerously close to being irresponsible.
Joaquin Phoenix is the embodiment of nervous, anorexic energy in his role. He just doesn’t act with his face — with or without the joker paint. He acts with his entire body, with its ribs sticking out, its back abnormally arched, its legs leaning away from him, its feet gliding from under him, its arms flailing about.
Joker is a great film, not because of what it provides, but because of what it withholds. It’s brave, beautiful, and bound to annoy some people. Expect Oscars.
This Portrait Of A Villain Leans On Joaquin Phoenix's Astounding Brilliance...As a portrait of anxiety and nihilism stemming from poverty and systemic oppression, it is magnificent.
Disturbing and intense, yet undeniably brilliant, this may very well become the definitive origin tale of the Joker.
Joker is a statement on society and perspective. It claims everyone has their side of the story. Truth is the one you chose to believe in.
The Joker is a deeply unsettling social commentary on a ravaging class divide, as well as a warning sign for mental illness. It is not for everyone. But it will definitely bring about a lot of conversation.
All said and done, this movie is above and beyond any kind of reviews. Joaquin Phoenix levels up the bar set by Heath Ledger and the standard of touching the character of Joker is now at an all-time high. Recommended for that insane side of yours!
Joker is a sort of biopic of the main villain in the Batman series with Joaquin Phoenix striving for a believability that is so stark that it could almost make you squirm in your seats
It is clear that everyone involved in the film decided to make a movie so highbrow that it would create some buzz at the Oscars. To some extent, the intent works in the film’s favour, and Joker indeed is a worthwhile entertaining experience in the cinemas – if you ignore its problematic politics, juvenile messaging and cringe-inducing lack of subtlety.
Between the griminess of Lawrence Sher’s photography and Hildur Guðnadóttir sawing violins, Joker is impressively queasy for a studio film. Phoenix’s turn, too, is anti-beauty: greasy hair, twitchy manner, nails-on-blackboard laugh
Joaquin Phoenix shines in this dark tale...Joker is a dark and disturbing take on the origins of the DC villain
Phillips probably intended Joker’s social commentary to leave audiences with a lasting impression. Thankfully, its diluted and confused message is vastly overshadowed by an outstanding performance by Phoenix.
Joker is a chilling story of what happens when a cruel society forsakes people with mental illnesses and hands them weapons to hurt themselves and others. The message is clear when Fleck commits shocking acts of violence but the film becomes slightly irresponsible when it doesn’t involve the humane element in the discourse at all.
Joker is a blazing Joaquin Phoenix grinder. It is out-and-out Oscar bait. While satisfying on the acting and technical fronts, the where, why and how of pop culture’s most mythologised villain is deeply unsatisfying. Joker could do better than avenging just an impoverished, traumatic childhood.
Audience Reviews for Joker
Despite the hardcore and jumpscare violence, the so-so portrayal of mental illness and its consequences when it goes untreated, the eerie score played on repeat, great dialogues 90% of which are polished as punchlines, the brilliant backstory of the DC universe, and a charming performance (of a life time) by Joaquin Phoenix, Joker was an underwhelming crime drama for me. TN.
Clown of the Town!
'Joker' masterfully comes off as a supernatural arch nemesis account- a thing so needfuk for a villain so layered like him. And Jaoquin Phoenix is just even better than Heath Rodger.
But the film is deeply inconsistent. Apart from some terrific terrifying moments, the film amplifies too little to be an amazing saga. The bumps throughout cover the script. It is easily very problematic, and there is little attention to how the barrier between the audience and the screens shall become porous. But you still need to watch 'Joker' because its approach is fresh. You, for one, keep no expectations and you'll find it a perfect film. But keep away if you have coulrophobia. It'll depress you. And that's the least to also say that it is a regressive disturbance in the name of a film. I am going with 2.5 stsrs out of 5 for 'Joker'.
Yes, we all are going nuts.....
’I hope my death makes more sense/cents than my life’’-this line beautifully depicts the distrubing tale associated with the state of mind of the central character in the movie ‘Joker’.
What pops up in our mind as we hear the word ‘Joker’? Certainly a face adorned with palette of colors, an infectious smile in sync with expressive eyes and above all, the effort to make everyone happy. But, what if that sparkling face has a gloomy tale of desolation deep inside it. Joker, a Batman adversary in the DC universe is exactly the exposition of that pensive sadness. This state of pensive sadness spread by gripping and unsettling narration is all over the place in this origin story of a comedian turning to JOKER to only end up being a criminal in the fictional Gotham city.
Joker, on the screen has come a long way. He has been the clown, gangster, anarchist and the psychopath.Heath ledger’s anarchist comes close to being a perfect portrayal of this dillusional and powerful character. He certainly left an indelible mark in portraying this iconic character. But to take it to another level, Joaquin Phoenix in and as JOKER has played this flawed character to the T.
Arthur fleck (played by brilliant Joaquín Phenoix) is a clown cum struggling stand up comedian lives with her ailing old age mother.He is on medication and fighting with depression.He is a broken soul and far from the world of happiness. He is also struggling with a neurological disease in which he often gets uncontrollably involuntary laughs which is referred to as pseudobobular effect. This often makes him in situations where he gets dehumanized (from his perspective) by other people in the society. In one of those instances,on that fateful day, his all emotions gets out in the form of killing and this Arthur becomes the Gotham’s joker. Joaquín pheonix as Arthur fleck and Joker is a treat to watch. He is so powerful that you could not keep your eyes off him even for a second.His eyes and facial expression says it all.sporting body with all ribs at display shows the hard work he did to get into the skin of the character.Joker also features Robert de Niro as TV host but he is all eclipsed by the pheonix’s pheonix.
‘Joker’is set in the 80s and the Gotham city is shown going through some financial crisis and we see the city is littered with dirt everywhere because sanitation workers are on strike. The cinematography is brilliant and even being an Indian movie viewer, i was convinced that it is indeed 80s. Background score is also to the point and gives us an immersive experience of what the character is going through at the moment. Well, after all these strong points, there comes the only achille’s heal for me, the absence of a strong antagonist. A story turns into a life when two different shades of characters gets pitted against each other as we could see in all batman movies, but here the Joker being the antagonist and protagonist at the same time though symbolically did justice to the narration but fell short of some so called entertainment quotient.
In all, this JOKER will be remembered for Pheonix’s frightening act as well as for the gloomy and disturbing portrayal of this powerful character.
As this joker asks, is it just me or is it getting crazier out there? To which i seem to have only this reply to him..Yes, This is Crazy and we are going nuts..