My Review of ‘Joker’

I’ve heard the hype since the Venice Film Festival when a screening of Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation by the critics at the film’s conclusion. I saw the scintillating reviews and the words of praise directed to the movie. I saw the trailers and commercials which painted a riveting picture of a film that would, in detail, describe Arthur Fleck’s descent into further madness and the eventual alter-ego that he would become, Joker.

After the film garnered two Golden Globes for Best Original Score and Best Actor my family and I decided to finally watch it. Believe the hype because this movie is really good.

Is it the best comic book movie I’ve ever seen? No. That honor still stands with The Dark Knight. But it is, undoubtedly, one of the best comic book movies I’ve seen in recent years and promising development for where comic book movies can go in the coming decade.

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The best thing about Joker was undoubtedly the careful storytelling of his fall from semi-sane Arthur Fleck to becoming the downright horrifying madman that we all know as Joker. And, to see that he became practically the anti-Batman in terms of becoming a symbol for the downtrodden and oppressed was nothing short of fascinating.

It’s funny, we watched Joker and then went straight to The Dark Knight and it actually made The Dark Knight even greater because I finally felt like understood The Joker. It was incredible.

But I have a question. Why isn’t more praise given to Todd Phillips for his directing of this movie because honestly, it was one of the most beautifully directed movies I’ve ever seen. I haven’t seen 1917 so I can’t definitively say that Sam Mendes didn’t deserve the Golden Globe but Todd Phillips has assuredly solidified himself as one of the best directors and storytellers in Hollywood.

I’m giving this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and a solid 95 out of 100. This movie isn’t perfect but it is very, very good. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the flashy Marvel movies and I appreciated that.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

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