Now before I get down into reviewing this movie, allow me to get out of the way. The Joker movie was absolutely brilliant master piece. The team sat down and did an awesome job.
The last three or 4 DC universe cinema movies have not really performed to the best of wishes at the box office because of what some fans and movie watchers claimed the movies felt rushed.
Yesterday after being invited by Next Media Uganda for a media personalities screening at Century Cinema Acacia, I went solely prepared to enjoy the movie, even sat far from the audience maybe. The cinematography was brilliant, the humor was well positioned and some moments, you had to think about the jokes which was brilliant.
Now if you’re going to watch this movie and start making comparisons with the character that was portrayed by the late Heath Ledger then I would advise that as you enter into that cinema, you leave all that behind and just go to enjoy this film.
The Joker is naturally a villain character that we have all seen in the DC universe and particularly antagonizing Gotham and Bruce Wayne aka the Batman, the one who always comes to the rescue of his city. The two have an interesting relationship as you might have seen in The Dark Knight.
This new Joker movie centers all focus and attention to Joker and gives the audience the genesis of his character and why he became the Joker that we all know now.
This is not a Batman movie. He’s not in the title, he’s not in the synopsis, he’s not on set. Sure, Bruce Wayne has been cast, but he’s a child with no idea that he won’t have parents in a handful of years. He’s not the focus, the protagonist, or even, seemingly, a major player. This is a story about the Joker and the world that made him.
Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Director Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is amazingly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.
A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
The movie shows how society is so quick to ignore those who are suffering from mental illness and will do things that will push people to the edge of madness. It also goes to show that we are all having our own issues
I will say though, Joaquin must have prepared himself for the laughter and if he didn’t then certainly his jaws are either in therapy or he was constantly getting jaw massages every after a scene.
DC and Warner Brothers have given us a movie that has great story build up, the character development was absolutely amazing as they took as through the journey of Arthur Fleck and how he suddenly became the joker.
The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Robert De Niiro as Murray Franklin, Zazie Beets as Sophie Dumond, Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, and Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck.
After the movie, there was a huge appreciation from the select audience that had been invited by Next Media for the media showing. This is definitely the movie that one should watch once it hits cinemas on the 4th of October.
I give it an 8.5 rating and believe that I may need another viewing just to appreciate the movie more.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Manager at the Craft Silicon Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!