‘Joker’ After a Second Viewing

One, after a second viewing it is very clear that Heath Ledger is still the best Joker and probably will be for a while (if Joaquin Phoenix couldn’t dethrone him I don’t know who can.) Two, while Joker is pretty good and an intriguing origin story it definitely didn’t deserve the win for Best Picture. In fact, it can be a bit boring as it drags along this mystery surrounding Arthur Fleck and his slow-burn downward spiral into madness. However, the ending is pretty good and by the time he paints his “happy face” you understand him and why he has finally cracked.

Push someone to the brink and eventually, they will push back. It’s why we’re seeing the #BlackLivesMatter movement so prominently and racist statues being taken down. And now sporting organizations and food companies have to change their brands as the world now sees their marketing as a sign of still promoting past prejudiced thinking.

The last thirty minutes of Joker is definitely worth the wait. By the conclusion, you kind of can’t help but wish for another film that features Phoenix’s Joker taking on a new, darker version of Batman but that probably won’t happen. So, until then, we just have to watch this film which takes comic book movies into that gritty place that I’ve always wanted to see.

However, there’s no denying that powerful, melancholy musical score that won Hildur Guðnadóttir an Oscar. It is hauntingly brilliant.

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

 

Throwback Friday: Black Widow Is Here To Stay…Just Not in the Way, We Think

Scarlet Johansson will star as Black Widow one more time in the upcoming Black Widow standalone film this fall. However, there are already rumors that, depending on the film’s success, there may be a Black Widow sequel. But how can there be a Black Widow sequel without Scarlet Johansson? Very simple. The Black Widow movie is setting up another story of a new hero. Her name is Yelena Belova.

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In the comics, Yelena Belova is chosen at the age of fifteen to become the new Black Widow after Natasha Romanoff’s allegiance to Russia becomes non-existent.

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Florence Pugh will play Yelena Belova in Black Widow whose story will be fleshed out in this newest addition to the MCU.

Her relationship with Natasha Romanoff’s character is described as a sisterly-rivalry. I am very confident in the idea that Black Widow will conclude with Natasha handing over the metaphoric baton of the title of Black Widow to Yelena Belova and she, like Natasha Romanoff, will have to prove her loyalty to the world as a good guy in a future Black Widow sequel.

In fact, this could be the secret Black Widow trilogy we have always wanted except with Florence Pugh at the helm in the next two outings. How cool would that be?

With Avengers: Endgame bringing about the end of an era, it seems that the creative minds behind the franchise are looking to either move on to new characters or reboot other characters. It’s why Falcon will become the new Captain America, Spider-Man has become the new Iron Man of sorts, Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will become the new Thor, She-Hulk will replace The Hulk, Kate Bishop will become the new Hawkeye, and Yelena Belova will be the new Black Widow. Even James Gunn has confirmed that beyond Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 we will see a new Guardians team in the MCU.

Things are changing…fast and I’m excited about the ride.

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