I FINALLY have the time to review one of the films I was most excited about in 2019. Joaquin Phoenix has been on my radar for a long time, so what is it he can contribute to a character we’ve already seen many versions of?
This is not a Batman film. (Bat-who?)
As you might have guessed from the name Joker focuses on Arthur Fleck and his journey to becoming one of the most famous comic villains…
This was so brilliant!
As I walked out of the cinema I was thinking “Is there already a petition for Joaquin Phoenix to get an Academy Award and where can I sign it?”.
I know the thoughts on this film couldn’t be more opposing but I thought it’s a masterpiece. Why? I’m so glad you asked!
Before I get into anything else, I want to highlight the amazing soundtrack. I’ve been listening to it on Spotify ever since I got home from the cinema. You get Frank Sinatra, Cream and many new pieces composed for this film.
Let’s quickly talk about Joaquin Phoenix. We all knew this picture would rise and fall with the actor portraying the Joker. I expected nothing but excellence from Phoenix and he surely didn’t disappoint. On the contrary, he even surpassed my expectations. His performance is haunting, unique and intense. It’s all I could have wished for.
However, what’s just as important is the story. Joker is very intricate and deals with psychological issues in an authentic way. Arthur’s/the Joker’s development is fascinating and actually comprehensible.
I enjoyed how the movie played with reality, often keeping the audience guessing what really happened and what just occurred in Arthur’s mind.
They also play with those cheesy yet often used movie scenes where a guy gets the girl that wouldn’t make sense in real life. For example, you know those scenes where a guy is overcome by his desire, rushes to his love interest’s apartment, knocks on the door, they start kissing, …
I’m sure you’ve seen something like that before, I sure as hell know I’ve seen a scene like this more than once in films or TV shows. Joker actually challenges these scenes instead of once more incorporating them as plausible.
Not to add any spoilers, but the climax of the film is utterly outstanding. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better. There are so many aspects of this film that got me thinking, the grand finale, of course, one of them. I love it when a movie gives you food for thought and Joker definitely accomplished that.
To me, Joker is a masterpiece. From the soundtrack over the story to the performance by Joaquin Phoenix. I need to re-watch the film asap!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!