Joker

Joker

DVD - 2019 | 1 disc version
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Most days, Arthur Fleck is bullied in public as he works as a clown-for-hire, but his slow descent into madness is hurried along by his mother's failing health, their strained connection with the rich Wayne family, and his failed comedy career

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 30, 2020

Joker is a masterpiece. That word is the most accurate in describing the film. It takes this comic book villain and creates a whole new story that manages to flesh itself out and provide an in-depth character study in only two hours. It shows us this man who is at first just like each and every one of us and places him in this unforgiving society that does not care for him. This man who just tries to make it by never has a good day in his life it gives us a brilliant look at how this affects him and turns him into this monster. This movie is disturbing, and rightfully so, but it also does a good job of portraying mental illness without romanticizing it like many other Hollywood movies would do. It shows us the struggles of living with it. The movie is hauntingly beautiful and that is due to the chilling performance of Joaquin Phoenix combined with the director Todd Phillips who manages to succeed in providing an entertaining movie that stars a comic book villain without the hero being an integral part. I applaud everyone who was involved. 5/5
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JCLMaggieS Mar 26, 2020

Arthur’s technicolor dandy evolution was at times thrilling but, idk, did self victimizing white dudes really need this? I remember especially the emotional labor the black women of Gotham were burdened with in their encounters with Arthur. If their sons were experiencing the same mental turmoil and had ticks that presented strangely in public, would the system be as kind to them? Would they receive the same patience and care? The Joker clearly wants to instill in its viewers that “wE LiVe iN a SoCiEtY” but yikes, the bias is blinding. The clinical psychiatrist he murders at the end of the film is a black woman! Um?! We know that what happens to black boys with mental illness is far more dire than what happens to white boys ~iN SoCiEtY~ but that’s not the point. The point is to excuse and glamorize male insecurity. I don’t resent the effort to allow the villain space to be human, please. I resent the overbearing ego surrounding the film. The calculated headiness, forced social commentary and try hard presentation that lacked sincerity and left me feeling vacant. Why so serious?

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madmax011
Mar 20, 2020

This was a really great movie. I have never seen anything like it. The acting was amazing and the music was really good too. This is definitely not a children's movie though. It was very dark and even sometimes hard to watch. It was very depressing at times. In the end it's a really great movie and I would definitely watch it again.

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tstor
Mar 18, 2020

Worst movie ever.

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Jer40
Mar 16, 2020

My wife and I saw "Joker" in the theater a few weeks after it opened to avoid crowds. It was a gripping experience then and the film gave us equally moving responses the second time around, at home last night.

"Joker" is a dark character study of a man living in poverty who experiences the throes of mental illness while trying to be a "good person".

It's a film that has greatly divided audiences, and in my experiences, that tends to be the mark of a film that will appeal to those who see a difference in: Movies meant mostly for entertainment with less emphasis given to artsy aspects, and films that give equal weight to all aspects of the importance of the story/presentation (and prefer the latter). Some call that being "elitist/pretentious"; I call it caring or being aware enough about the whole package to the extent that subpar elements in many pop culture movies become distracting and can ruin the experience.

Yes, it's trying a bit too hard to be an indie film and while the cinematography is great for the most part, there are small missteps here and there, along with tiny aspects of the script. But remember that this was supposed to be a movie that WB expected to tank so they didn't put their full support behind it.

If not for Phoenix's masterful performance (including truly great improvised acting in multiple scenes) and the superbly subtle score, this might've been the disaster WB seemingly expected it could (should?) have been. Todd Phillips' directing is solid but he's not what "made" the film; He's in the role of conduit here, I'd say.

I like that "Joker" has brought the indie/art film format to the masses and hopefully we will see more of those types of scripts getting the respect they deserve from the big studios.

Other noteworthy films in the "Socio-culturally conscious Mental Health" genre:
Perfect Blue
Mulholland Drive
Images
Persona
Spider
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Machinist
Clean, Shaven
Through a Glass Darkly
Jacob's Ladder
Inland Empire

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aztec000
Mar 12, 2020

Joaquim acted so well! You cannot believe someone can act like this. Forget the story line. Watching his acting is like a revelation. It is dramatic, surreal and gives you goose bumps.
No real life character will be like this, but you are gripped. It is out and out dark entertainment. It is not a horror movie but a descent into chaos. It is is fiction but comes very close to reality.
It is a long movie both fascinating and hard to watch.

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Alyxwrites
Mar 11, 2020

"Overall, it’s hard to say where I stand with this one. I think Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic and the reason to see the movie. The supporting cast is good, and their characters have a lot of interesting relationships and connections to Arthur. The musical score is great and works alongside the movie well. If anything, this movie is a character study of a man who feels forgotten by society and decides to stop trying to be part of it."

Copy and paste the link for the rest of the review!
https://alyxwrites.blog/2019/10/23/movie-review-joker-2019/

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johnnybookreader
Mar 04, 2020

Well, he isn't Caesar Romero, that's for sure. But this is a can't take your eyes away from it extravaganza. The score helps a lot, creating a very creepy vibe of foreboding doom. Though after watching Joaquin Phoenix' post Oscar rant I'm thinking the portrayal isn't far below the surface. I think they gave the little golden bowling trophy to the iron guy.

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bldunn91
Mar 03, 2020

Elapsed Time is displayed on my DVD player, and I found myself checking it often. This movie is arduous, boring, senseless, and a complete waste of two hours. It also does not serve as a viable prequel to the The Dark Knight mostly because Heath Ledger's Joker is fiercely intelligent whereas Joaquin Phoenix's is just a mental case.
My belief is that actors do not win Best Performance in a Leading Role based on a single movie but instead on a body of work, and this was just Phoenix's time. He should have won as far back as "Walk the Line". Yes, he is excellent in this role, but that is not enough of a reason to watch this movie. Walk away.

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RoyalJellyIII
Feb 26, 2020

This is a seriously overrated movie- I found it plodding and dull- and with its over reliance on motifs from the vastly superior films " Taxi Driver " and " The King of Comedy " it was also derivative and unoriginal. The fact that Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for his hammy and superficial performance is even more unbelievable.

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Mar 20, 2020

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madmax011
Mar 20, 2020

Violence: The Joker kills several people, some scenes are very bloody.

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madmax011
Mar 20, 2020

Coarse Language: The F word isn't used many times throughout the movie.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2020

Violence: Gun violence

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007Gatsby
Dec 27, 2019

Violence: Strong, infrequent violence throughout.

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ArapahoeTina Mar 11, 2020

For my whole life, I didn't know if I even really existed. But I do, and people are starting to notice.

ArapahoeTina Mar 11, 2020

The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don't.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2020

Arthur Fleck: I killed those guys because they were awful. Everybody is awful these days. It's enough to make anyone crazy.

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jimg2000
Jan 22, 2020

73 excellent quotes in IMDb and many thanks to the contributors:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7286456/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

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Psychod_Dad_33
Jan 22, 2020

Just a guy with mental issues killing people that don't like him or make fun of him, period.

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