Book Review: Joker (2019)

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Steve C

Mar 1, 2019

Title: Joker

Tagline: Put on a happy face.

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama

Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Leigh Gill, Josh Pais, Rocco Luna, Marc Maron, Sondra James, Murphy Guyer, Douglas Hodge, Dante Pereira-Olson, Carrie Louise Putrello, Sharon Washington, Hannah Gross, Frank Wood, Brian Tyree Henry, April Grace, Mick Szal, Carl Lundstedt, Michael Benz, Ben Warheit, Gary Gulman, Sam Morril, Chris Redd, Mandela Bellamy, Demetrius Dotson II, Greer Barnes, Ray Iannicelli, Bryan Callen, Peter Benson, Vito Gerbino, Adam Quezada, Xavyer Ureña, Evan Rosado, Damian Emmanuel, Mike Troll, Jane Fergus, David Gibson, Tony D. Head, Jeff McCarthy, Kim Brockington, Troy Roberts, Lou Young, Michael-Scott Druckenmiller, Craig Austin, John Cenatiempo, Danny Schoch, Keith Buterbaugh, James Ciccone, Rich Campbell, Roger Squitero, Steven Elson, Graham Mabry, John Alldred, Alonzo Wright, Jack Wilkins, Richard Baratta, Jolie Chan, Mary Kate Malat, Adrienne Lovette, Justin Theroux, Alissa Bourne, Jamaal Burcher, Dj Nino Carta, John Cashin, Jason John Cicalese, Brendan Patrick Connor, Blaise Corrigan, Dennis Jay Funny, Matthias Sebastiun Garry, James P. Harkins, Joseph Hernandez, Ben Heyman, Michael Lepre

Release: 2019-10-02

Runtime: 122

Plot: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

I enjoyed this. Had lots of levels to get into.
This was my favourite film of last year in the end. It reminded me of watching Fight Club in the cinema - in that it felt angry and important, dangerous even. It might not be huge on subtlety and obviously wears a lot influences on its sleeve, but it’s a huge central performance and I thought De Niro was great too. For a Joker film (sort of) it actually didn’t need Batman.
Casting another dissenting vote.

Just seemed this started out with the guy already psychotic and he just got worse. There was just no depth or subtlety to the story and I felt the same about Phoenix's performance. Yes, he played mad really well, but it was really pretty much a one-note performance, lacking any sort of complexity.

For me, this was one of the most over-rated films of the year.
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