Joker Movie Review
The upcoming “Joker” movie, an R-rated roller coaster ride which, long story short, is a masterpiece. The movie starts off slowly, letting tremendous cinematography and a haunting performance by lead actor Joaquin Phoenix take charge.
It’s a slow burn as audiences will wonder where the movie could possibly be going. But as the movie and its titular character descend into madness, the Todd Phillips directed thriller takes off and never looks book.
“Joker” offers up terrifying levels of tension, in fact, it’s scarier than most horror films of this year with its gritty, frightening levels of realism. It takes very little from any comic book stories, existing as a character study of a mentally ill Arthur Fleck. But tosses in enough delightful DC Comics references to satisfy both the hardcore DC Comics fan and the casual moviegoer.
This movie might not be for the entire casual audience, though. Intimate violence drives it to an intense conclusion which will stick with audiences in the hours and days after watching it. In fact, the movie is loaded with a mystery on top of its numerous shocking twists.
By the time it ends, viewers will be left with several questions about their experience, which likely made them uncomfortable at times as Phoenix laughs his way through terrible scenarios. For this, Phoenix demands an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and it might not be the only nod the DC Comics movie earns.
The cinematography, score, and direction from The Hangover’s Todd Phillips create something we’ve never seen before in the comic book movie genre, and it’s terrifying, thrilling, and moving.
Whether or not “Joker” is a social commentary on mental illness, a new and mysterious take on the best known DC Comics villain, or just another unforgettable piece of cinema which producer Martin Scorsese is attached too, it’s something you’ll need to see to believe, and even then, you still might not believe it.
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
- Directed By: Todd Phillips
- Written By: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
- In Theaters: Oct 4, 2019, Wide
- Runtime: 122 minutes
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
I give “Joker” 5 out of 5 stars