It truly is a curious thing seeing all these fans praise a “comic book” movie that goes out of its way to make a mockery of the genre. Joker isn’t anything special, it isn’t smart, it isn’t deep, and most of all it isn’t a good interpretation of the iconic comic book villain. So why so much praise?
The answer is simple, it’s the “COOL” thing to do.
I will keep my review short as this film doesn’t warrant much more.
(There are a few minor Spoiler here that don’t hurt the movie at all)
Todd Phillips tried his best to blend a Scorsese and a Nolan film together and failed miserably. It was like watching a movie from a self-proclaimed Director who just came out of community college and has only ever seen Inception and Taxi driver.
So many people want to try and talk about how deep this movie is but in actuality this movie lacks depth of any kind. We get it, Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is mentally unstable who has had enough of all the shitty ways people treat each other in Gotham and wants to hurt those who are mean.
Wow, deep man.
Hold up!…. Did they just make Joker an Anti-hero? GTFOH!
Honestly, this movie is a complete slap in the face of any comic book fan.
The attempt to create a heartbreaking and disturbing background on a lunatic, making everyone feel bad for him, thus turning this truly evil guy into a hero was a horrible idea.
Sadly, the only rebuttal argument I hear is that people think the movie is told through the eyes of Arthur Fleck and his interpretation of the events around him. They get this idea due to him speaking to a therapist at the end of the film. Unfortunately, none of that fits with how poorly the film was made. Sure, Todd Phillips could have been going for that, but there are too many instances throughout that don’t line up for it to work.
Then there is the music, which at times felt like a fifth grade student mixing it together. It’s so bad there is a moment near the end where we hear Gary Glitter’s song ‘Rock and Roll part 2’ and it totally takes you out of the moment. I get what they were trying to do there but like the rest of the movie it falls flat.
Robert De Niro as the talk show host Murray Franklin was another horrible decision. De Niro no longer has the acting chops to make us believe him to be a Talk Show host let alone the most respected one around.
If there is any sort of silver lining in this movie it would be Phoenix’s performance. But he might as well have played Joe Smith. A mentally unstable performance clown who had a rough couple weeks and kills a few people. The use of the Joker moniker, and for that matter Gotham as a backdrop, just really seems like a ploy to get people in the theater.
I will leave you with this. The character Joker has a mysterious backstory and this movie has proven why that has always been a good thing. While the film does create a discussion for the mentally ill. It does little to actually be entertaining or stand out as a comic book movie.