No joking with The Joker

22 October 2019 | Art and Entertainment

If you want to know what you get when you take a poor, mentally unstable loner and treat him like
trash, just go watch Joker.
According to The Independent, Todd Phillip gives an ingenious new feature in Batman’s arch
nemesis, The Joker. He sketches a portrait of the future super villain as a troubled young man, while
Joaquin Phoenix plays him in a way that makes him seem both sympathetic and very creepy.
Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is a painfully awkward figure, living with his frail mother (Frances Conroy) in a
rundown apartment and eking out an existence as a party clown.
Gotham City has lost its way. The cinemas are showing porno movies. The rubbish isn’t being
collected. Rats are on the streets. Crime is rife. The gulf between the rich, represented by the would-
be new mayor Thomas Wayne, and the rest of society is enormous.
Phoenix’s Arthur may be vulnerable, but the more he is bullied the more grievances he stores up. His
portrayal as The Joker is heavier, more brooding and introspective figure than that of Heath Ledger
in Nolan’s The Dark Knight. He doesn’t have Ledger’s quicksilver energy and he moves more slowly.
However, when his malevolence is finally unleashed, he is just as effective a lord of chaos.
If superhero movies is your thing, then don’t miss this one. WE scores it 4 out 5.

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