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Not exactly what I expected. So much better. One of the best belated sequels I've ever seen.
I have never seen a movie like this. And that's saying something. Style, tone, the perspective of the character on the world around him and how his delusions alter it. This is a study of the descent of a madman. It in no way makes him out to be the hero. Though we do see a very few little hints toward his future as the Joker we know. It shows the parts of his descent that he is responsible for and the parts that are made worse by a cruel world. I don't want to see a sequel to this movie as much as I want to see a companion piece. For many who know these characters, they know that Joker and Batman are two sides of the same coin. They are two people who are created by tragedy and confronted by madness. Joker gives in to his madness and Batman resists his. Using his pain to help people instead. To fight the darkness with darkness. Joker thinks that they are the same and that Batman is just lying to himself. I would like to see a similar companion character piece about Batman. About how he deals with the loss of his parents and growing into the man he becomes. A movie that operates on the rules and with the tone and severity that this one did. One that brings the two of them together at the end for nothing more than to show both sides of that coin. Both sides of tragedy. With just Joker, it feels like only half the story has been told.
Couple things I wish were a little different. But overall a good movie.
Nearly as good as the first. I enjoyed it. I understand releasing a new version for a new generation. There were a couple of parts where I think even line delivery could have made a difference for the better. Primarily Scar's line to Mufasa in the gorge. Also, I don't think the 90s musical pieces hold up that well today. Of course, if you replace them then you have nostalgic purists criticizing you for that choice too. This with the problem with a remake of well-loved source material. You're always going to have someone dissatisfied. Overall, I feel it is a good refreshening of the story.