The newest movie of Joker with Joaquin Phoenix as Joker came out And in addition to surprising everyone, it came with positive reviews from critics. The movie, directed by Todd Phillips, takes the famous Joker back to the 1980s, where the failed comedian Arthur Fleck slowly turns into one of history’s most haunting legends.
Many fans of the cinema were already attracted to the Joker. Various movie trailers had suggested that DC’s world is about to make a renaissance and a major comeback. The name of Joaquin Phoenix as Joker, which itself could make the film a title to be expected.
Finally, after the Venice Film Festival ale show, we recognized that those early plays and backgrounds weren’t just a series of hollow ads to attract audiences. Critics and people who watched the film for the first time have used terms such as “astounding”, “unique”, “dark” and “complex” to describe it.
But what was the story of the movie?
Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker.
Directed by Hangover helmer Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the troubled, mentally ill Arthur Fleck, who finally becomes Batman’s arch-nemesis, the film set new box office records for an October release with a $96 million domestic debut over the weekend.
The theatrical success came amid heightened security at cinemas across the U.S. after the movie sparked widespread headlines for its nihilistic themes and violence.
Obviously many are curious to know if the film, or parts of it, will be remembered at year’s end by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, some of whom caught it at the Venice, Toronto or New York film festivals; others at member screenings in New York on Thursday or Los Angeles on Saturday; and still others in cineplexes along with everyone else over the weekend.
44-year-old Phoenix was photographed in Los Angeles with fiancée Rooney Mara after Joker hit theatres last week and earned $96 million at the U.S. box office.
The two joined up with friends as they enjoyed a casual day out on Tuesday. Phoenix wore a black t-shirt, black jeans, and black shoes, while 34year-old Mara dressed in a white t-shirt, black pants and a black sweatshirt tied around her waist.
The Oscar-nominated actor is flying high as Joker continues to rake in millions of dollars. The film has earned a total of $105 million at the U.S. box office since it premiered in theaters Friday, as well as an additional $152.2 million at the worldwide box office.
However, Phoenix discussed the pushback the film has gotten from victims of gun violence and those who fear his character, Arthur Fleck, could become the poster boy for those who would cause deadly harm.
“I didn’t imagine that it would be smooth sailing,” Phoenix told the magazine. “It’s a difficult film. In some ways, it’s good that people are having a strong reaction to it.”
A strong reaction is putting it lightly. Both the Los Angeles and New York City police departments are deploying extra officers to theaters showing Joker on opening weekend. Multiple theater chains have also altered their policies, not allowing customers to dress up for Joker screenings.
Here, We’ve brought you some reviews from the world of film criticism, so join us, take a deep breath, and get ready to put a smile on that face.
“As Arthur/Joker, Joaquin Phoenix is astonishing. Phillips has said he had a picture of the actor above his screen when writing the script and it’s a belief that has paid off. Phoenix inhabits Arthur: having lost weight for the role, he looks thin, frail, hungry. Shadows carve out his exposed bones. His physicality is precise — the way he moves, shuffles, runs, sits, smokes, shrinks. His usual intensity is on full display and it’s captivating, even overwhelming in moments.
“It’s a radical interpretation that requires a transformative, thoroughly committed performance, and it’s remarkable to see Joaquin Phoenix take this role and play it as though he were the first actor to ever take it on (and in a way, he is). Arthur is both manic and often inappropriately externalizes his emotions, but Phoenix takes what might have been a turn filled with over-swings, and makes it all feel disturbingly natural.
“You’ll definitely feel like you’ll need a shower after seeing it, but once you’ve dried off and changed clothes, you’ll want to do nothing else but parse and dissect it.”
“Phoenix is playing a geek with an unhinged mind, yet he’s so controlled that he’s mesmerizing. He stays true to the desperate logic of Arthur’s unhappiness.
“You’re always aware of how much the mood and design of Joker owe to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. For a filmmaker gifted enough to stand on his own, Phillips is too beholden to his idols. Yet within that scheme, he creates a dazzlingly disturbed psycho morality play, one that speaks to the age of incels and mass shooters and no-hope politics, of the kind of hate that emerges from crushed dreams.”
“Built around a credible spiral from lonely outsider to the deranged killer, it’s as much a neo-noir psychological character study grounded in urban alienation and styled after Taxi Driver as a rise-of-the-supervillain portrait. It’s arguably the best Batman-adjacent movie since The Dark Knight and Warner [Bros] should see mighty box office numbers to reflect that.
“The must-see factor of Phoenix’s riveting performance alone — it’s both unsettling and weirdly affecting — will be significant.”
“Joker isn’t just an awesome comic book movie, it’s an awesome movie, period. It offers no easy answers to the unsettling questions it raises about a cruel society in decline. Joaquin Phoenix’s fully committed performance and Todd Phillips’ masterful albeit loose reinvention of the DC source material make Joker a film that should leave comic book fans and non-fans alike disturbed and moved in all the right ways.”