Considering this is the origin for one of the most celebrated comic book villains, does it deliver?
The answer is a resounding YES
Let’s find out HOW!
- Todd Phillips makes a surreal impact by placing this origin in the Underbelly of Gotham City
- The inspiration for this underbelly is quiet evidently sourced from 2 classics: Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy
- The back ground, the setting and the environs truly remind us of the source material from these Scorsese classics
- This does not mean that this Joker is a rip-off
- It means the decay of society, the corruption of morality and the descent of humanity are pretty much strongly on display
- The underlying theme of disparity, inequality, and social disintegration stare us in the face
- It makes for some pretty hard questions to be asked
- At the same time, it leaves us with a lump in our throats if these questions are to be answered
- The Screenplay by Phillips and Silver is Top-Notch, Gritty and in control of how the source material will lead to digression of the Protagonist
- The Narrative literally is comical in terms of how the character arc’s progress (Look from Afar and you shall Notice)
It leaves us thinking:
Did we stop this? What if we created the Monster? How did we not see this coming?
- The Dialogues are comical, ironical, brimming with humor and dripping with outright sarcasm
- The back ground score by
Hildur Guðnadóttir haunts, terrifies and terrorizes while you see the Joker blooming on screen
- The Cinematography by Lawrence Sher is claustrophobic, stifling and fills you with disgust while we navigate the nooks and crannies of Gotham
Now, The Performances
- Most of the cast including Beetz, Conroy and De Niro are on point and portray characters from the class of society they belong to
- Their motivations, actions are justified via the backgrounds they are ladled with
However, the Star of this show Undoubtedly is the one and only: Joaquin Phoenix
- The Physical Transformation, The Creepiest Laughter
- You’re left Awe-struck!
- He breathes life into this deranged personality
- By doing so, he makes it his own and personalizes the transition seamlessly
- Phoenix internalizes the embrace when he comes to terms with his Quirks, His Demons and learning to live with them
- He displays vulnerability when he’s trying to live by the norms of society
- However when he chooses to let go and accept what he truly is, Phoenix proves something
- He displays how a Pupa blooms eventually into a Butterfly when Nature takes over
- Phoenix literally uses the analogy of Life to show case this progression
- There is a certain scene: Where he begins to ACCEPT him TURNING into this Freak
- Simply Beautiful!
- This Joker reminds us all of the Inner Demons we battle with, but choose to confine internally
- The beauty of this Joker is, that strangely it makes you relate to the transformation of the protagonist
- Personally speaking, I somehow connected to the Joker
Is there something here that does not WORK?
There is rarely anything that doesn’t work on this story and I am not being biased because I have loved this movie
- Who Am I to spell out a Verdict when the Joker has spoken Thunderously!
- This Joker has to, and I REPEAT, HAS TO BE SEEN ON THE BIG SCREEN
- THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO WITNESS THIS GEM OF A PERFORMANCE BY PHOENIX
P.S: I PERSONALLY FEEL LEDGER’S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN ECLIPSED WITH A WORTHY SHOW BY A PERFORMER WHO’S AS TALENTED AS LEDGER WAS!
IT IS ALMOST A SORT OF TRIBUTE TO THE MANIACAL DEPICTION BY LEDGER OF THIS LEGENDARY COMIC BOOK VILLAIN
- REMEMBER THIS MAN!
- IF HE DOESN’T WIN, THEN I AM NOT SURE WHO SHOULD?