Eerie, satisfying and magnificent!!
Direction: Todd Philips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy
Runtime: 2hr 1min
Our Score: 4.5/5
Once in a while, you see a movie that stays with you long after you’ve left the movie hall. Joker is one such movie. Before we get into the dynamics of a full-fledged review, a big-time Spoiler Alert!! Is now in effect. Seriously! For those who haven’t seen the masterpiece yet, it released 2 days before its worldwide release in India, you owe it to yourself.
Apart from being an exceptional origin story of one of DC’s most acclaimed anti-hero, The Joker is a beautiful display of storytelling and screenplay execution. It is admittedly disturbing on many levels yet manages to hold the viewer to utter satisfaction. It gives you all, yet you ponder about the nuances and subtleties that were done just right.
The Plot showcases Arthur Fleck played by Joaquin Phoenix struggling to be an established stand-up comedian amidst a chaotic Gotham city. A hired clown in the daytime doesn’t bode well with his reality neither mentally nor physically as he is continually beaten and bullied. The excitement only grows throughout the runtime and explodes right before intermission. The revelation of the fact that Arthur is the son of Thomas Wayne struck fans right in the heart. But this film is all about twisting plots and unexpected turns. The theory takes a turn when Arthur soon finds himself to be an adopted child abandoned by his biological parents and abused to madness by none other than his own mother Penny Fleck (Frances Conroy). The truth acts as the perfect catalyst in pushing Arthur’s already fractured emotional curve out of the window. Trapped in monotony and the gruesome flavor of his existence he soon makes a mistake that spurs a dramatic turn of events chained together by remorse, vengeance, and anger.
This perfect rendition has succeeded in winning the hearts of many and shall go down in history as arguably the best. We know the bar set by the likes of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson is too high but that’s how good and comparable Joaquin’s portrayal is. Hats off to the entire production team and the near-perfect direction by Todd Philips driving Phoenix’s conviction frame after frame.