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Joker movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

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JOKER movie review is here. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, JOKER is based on DC Comics characters. Directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver, the movie is distributed by Warner Bros.

Pictures and produced by DC Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, Bron Creative and Joint Effort. Premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on August 2019, JOKER smiled with the Golden Lion, the festival's highest prize. Is JOKER – one of the most anticipated movie of the year worth the hype?.

Let’s find out in the movie review of JOKER. JOKER releases in India on October 02, 2019.

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Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
An evolution, a knock out revolution!!. The definition of a ‘Joker’ and comic book adaptations will never be the same again. This devastatingly disturbing on screen exploration of DC comic’s character by Todd Phillips is an evolutionary masterpiece that sees Joaquin Phoenix in a performance of a lifetime.

The Story of JOKER
One of the most popular villains ‘Joker’ gets a standalone fictional story centered on the iconic arch nemesis, where the Gotham city is stinking with the onslaught of rats and increasing poverty. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a clown-for-hire and an aspiring stand-up comedian.

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Suffering from behavior issues, Arthur’s jokes mostly land on him and he finds himself at the receiving end. As the Gotham city stings more with insecurity, poverty, unrest and increasing garbage, Arthur is getting entangled in a web of apathy and cruelty.

A bad decision by Arthur in a fit of rage results in an uncontrolled chains of reactions that amalgamates between the suffering city and Arthur’s pain in this incredibly brilliant case study of human behavior and bad effects of capitalisms.

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JOKER movie review
The world of mainstream cinema and comic books is fascinated by villains – The bad guys. More mean means more striking. Though we always root for a hero, but when someone like a ‘Joker’ makes an entry during those ‘Dark Knights’ throwing the toughest challenge to a super hero, we at least give an ear to Joker and understand what he is saying.

Here writer director Todd Phillips with his co –writer Scott Silver, give a chilling stamp of devastation with a ‘smile’ to Joker – the popular villain has seen legends like Jack Nicholson (BATMAN – 1989), Heath Ledger (THE DARK KNIGHT – 2008) giving an immortal performance.

Here Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck puts his own stamp that is so mesmerizing that in the end you ask for more in spite of all the violence and hate emerging from crushed and destroyed dreams.

We Meet Arthur – a mentally-ill street clown, black eyebrows, pallid cheeks and a mouth that is so flexible like a rubber and all this is topped by greasy mop of hair. Phoenix is trying to draw attention by holding a signboard that reads “Everything Must Go.”.

A bunch of kids/hooligans in a mischief that gets undesirably violent, steal the sign start running. Poor Arthur in his zest to get back his bread and butter for the day runs after them, he finds them but the kids kick the hell out of him and break the sign board.

All this happens around a piled up garbage waste in a street. Beaten and humiliated Arthur reacts and says, “The city stinks’.

Todd Phillips JOKER is a simile of times we are in, a nightmare as a result of growing capitalism, Philip along with co writer Silver juxtapose the evolution of Arthur with the worsening condition of the city with a rare mastery and brilliant subtlety.

Joker the disturbed Psycho in a shockingly surreal twist gets a purpose which we may not stand in support but cannot ignore its relevant social aghast/comment/sarcasms.

Arthur  – Joker in Todd Phillips movie is a psycho with a method that does pays tribute to Martin Scorsese TAXI DRIVER with a twist, even traces of master filmmaker’s THE KING OF COMEDY is felt and passing thoughts of DEATH WISH, NETWORK, V FOR VENDETTA do make a splash but it’s Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur with his insane intensity stays even when the end credit had stopped rolling.

Phoenix is the force behind JOKER in a performance of a lifetime; Phoenix steals the show and offers a master class in acting. The actor has immersed in the character and the psyche of the audience with such élan that his insanity achieves a dignified level of grace. He is scary, funny, impulsive, innocent, sad, disturbed, lonely and thirsty. He dances like no one is watching and makes a point that no one can ignore.

Robert De Niro is excellent in his part as well. Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, Zazie Beetz as Arthur’s love interest and Frances Conroy as Arthur's mother chip in with valuable support as well.

Cinematographer Lawrence Sher does an outstanding job. Mark Friedberg's production design is very much in element with the theme and in tone of the movie. Hildur Gudnadóttir's orchestral score is terrific.

Flaws
It’s dark, disturbing, and violent. A section of people will raise question on the need for movie on a villain like ;Joker’.

Final words
JOKER is the first live-action Batman franchise to receive an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. The debate on whether such a movie is needed will never end but one thing is sure, JOKER is a dark, ghoulish, chillingly avant-garde phenomenon on screen by Todd Phillips. Joaquin Phoenix, as the astoundingly stunning JOKER performs a dark and sensational psycho grill on humanity and society.

This rarest of rare cinematic achievement is an evolution in the genre that makes JOKER a masterpiece. When did a comic book character has performed such a grilling probing reality check with a sarcastic smile… that laughs at the pity situation.

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