Wow that was a really lame self-indulgent movie. Not funny, not authentic, bad acting, bad script, bland story about a whingy selfish 24yo. Plenty of people grow up with dead parents in working class neighborhoods and work shitty service industry Jobs. This seemed like it was written by a rich privileged 17yo film student trying to imagine what it was like to be poor. On paper it seemed good. We like indie comedies, but this just seemed so bland and fake
Simply bad writing. Plot and characters arcs were an absolute mess. Individual action sequences were good, but there was so many plot holes it was hard to not laugh. Meanwhile their attempts at humour fell flat, story had no depth and seemed out of kilter with star wars universe. He's a decent director, but think his ego got in the way of this one. Script should have been written by a real writer that knew what he was doing.
One of the best movies of the year. As a long time film buff, who has given up on cinema by the endless production line of boring super hero movies and terrible franchise fluff, I initially had no interest in the Joker, but heard it was a dark character study and not like most super hero movies. I was really impressed by the acting, cinematography and a genuinely good script reminiscent of Black Swan and Taxi Driver. And a little surprised by the critics, but then they think star wars and marvel movies are good so have zero credibility. Most 'critics' are generic entertainment writers without a real love of film and hate on anything that is remotely challenging. It's weird world when film critics become cultural moralists that want to ban things they don't like. I mean its a movie about a psychotic villain, and the 'film critics' complain its too dark and irresponsible?!? I think its more irresponsible for movies to have playful and comedic violence with charismatic villains, instead of real character studies that really try to explore how someone could become evil.