Joker

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Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star -- and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.

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Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

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  • Oct 19, 2020
    Joaquin Phoenix transforms into a new, original take on the Joker adding another great addition to probably the best arch-villain icon.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2020
    Gotham City has always represented the worst of America's urban cities. To my knowledge, Todd Phillips' Joker is the first of the Gotham based films to explore how this DC Comics city is a breeding ground for homicidal maniacs. It's mesmerizing, disturbing and, while not for everyone, a masterpiece.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2020
    DC abandons their Extended Cinematic Universe and attempts to revive the Batman franchise with the indie character drama Joker. The story follows a psychologically disturbed clown named Arthur Fleck who's an aspiring comic as he's fired from his job and gets a shot on a late night talk show after the host riffs on a video of one of Fleck's stand-up routes. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Brett Cullen, the film has a pretty decent cast that gives good performances; though Phoenix often overacts, drawing attention to how weird and eccentric he's being for no reason. And the liberal politics are not in any way subtle, overshadowing the plot at time. Still, it does do some interesting things with the Batman mythos and there are some exciting and fun action scenes. Yet while Joker is a novel addition to the Batman franchise, the film style doesn't really feel apiece with the material.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2020
    Positives: Acting, script, cinematography, iconic makeup,​ and visual effects Negatives: Lack of supporting cast, relies on older films for substance and can be slow at parts of the movie
    John H Super Reviewer

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