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Mixed feelings. Joaquin Phoenix gives an amazing performance, but the story seems to be trying to make an extremely dangerous person sympathetic by showing him undergoing endless bullying and/or dismissiveness from others to justify the violence he unleashes. Cannot recommend this movie, but gave it 3 1/2 stars based on Phoenix's acting.
This was an amazing, thought-provoking movie. Not what I envisioned and well worth watching. Very, very dark, though.
I have mixed feelings about this one. Joaquin Phoenix was outstanding as the Joker. His performance was mesmerizing and completely believable. You can't take your eyes off of him! The movie was tense and compelling to watch. It's really well done and the tension keeps building. But this is not a fun movie. It was disturbing and ugly. So while overall this was a good movie, it isn't something I would ever want to watch again. Definitely a very dark thriller.
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.
Excellent. A Joker origin story as expected, but pleasantly meaty, gritty, realistic, violent, and even believable, all while tugging real emotions under recognizable circumstances you’d be afraid to admit to your best friends. It was barely fiction, with most settings and elements pulled from real headlines. I cheated and checked the special features, thankfully agreeing with commentaries and interviews. On a technical note, I was amazed how some simple sets were mostly CG, while the complexities of all Gotham were digital mattes; I assumed city shots were filmed in some basic and crusty neighbourhoods but it was only the tight-framed scenes, leaving horizons, elevations, graffiti, and probably a lot of street garbage to the computer.
Arthur Fleck is brought to life brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix, so I can finally forgive him for “I’m Still Here,” which I choose to recall, now, as unfortunate performance art. He’s done many good things before and after, but I never forgave his disruptive talk show appearance. It was probably staged but it wasn’t art, it was just bad and rude. I think it’s also obvious, like most great performances, that Joaquin fuelled his Joker fire with some shared memories and recognition of Arthur’s history.
We pay to share the Joker’s path, starting with a boatload of sympathy for a guy struggling with a bad hand: physical scarring, mental illness, mental abuse and harassment, violence, neurological disorder, broken family, unemployed and broke, and in the worst time at the worst place in recent history, all while responsible and caring for his ailing mother. He almost made it, and you might find yourself cheering for him. It’s barely disguised that Gotham is 1981 NYC; I guessed mid-‘70s, but I wasn’t there. As the path extended, we strung together the stressors that fully formed the Joker, and we gradually shifted from feeling sympathy to observing sociopathy. Unfortunately, if you stepped over the line into empathy you went too far, and will end up giving Joker 4/5 stars instead of 5. Don’t compare Arthur Fleck to your own life or your disgust will make it hard to enjoy the film.
It was also amazing how they dovetailed Joker stories with Batman canon, while completely original and not reworked from graphic novels. Joker was born as a film, which might explain its brilliance, not tied down by outside forces. Can't unsee comics or a dozen previous Jokers, so it's hard to know if this film stands alone very well. When it did respect the comics, it added unexpected twists and evoked emotional connections, stayed in its period, and still had legs to reflect modern societal foibles. In the end, the Joker we left with was the Joker we recognise, after enjoying the ride to Arkham Asylum.
Superb...psychological look at how the Joker came to be...a dark movie to be sure....thoroughly enjoyed it
My first review somehow got deleted, so I will be brutally honest; don't waste your time on this. It is excruciatingly slow and for the most part rather boring. I've enjoyed watching paint dry more than I didn't care for this. D-
Upon second watch of the Dark Knight I realized it was a mediocre film , but Heath Ledger Joker is still impressive. Where this movie failed to impress me it was not the performances or cinematography. Despite being portrayed as a brooding, dark film on mental illness it came across as very shallow. It lacked originality, which is a shame. Do we have people that bully and treat the vulnerable like crap ? Absolutely. Is the system corrupt and have been making money over mental illness, while we still on some parts is seen as a tabo? Yes . Do we also have good people and those who are underpaid on social work jobs?
The movie didn’t explore Joker psyche or his motivations. It was a cheap use of outside drama to tell a half - baked compelling story.
If you like Phoenix then you'll like the movie. He is mesmerizing, draws you into his character and takes you on an emotional ride. His body language is wow! I liked the movie and enjoyed the twist/reveal at the end ...... wish they had extended it a bit more.
Difficult to rate--totally unrealistic but good acting---you can live without seeing it.
Wow! An incredibly dark movie that proved very difficult to rate. Phoenix was amazing in his role. A movie not for the faint of heart.
Kudos to lead actor for his performance. Movie was too dark, too depressing. For me this is not what a movie should be unless it is a documentary.
Didn't read any reviews before watching but understood it had good reviews. Thought I would have an enjoyable viewing but not sure I would have wanted to watch this if I knew what to expect. Maybe the most depressing movie I've ever seen.
I'm giving this movie 1.5 stars.
This movie is not for the faint of heart. A VERY dark movie. There are some very violent moments where it was difficult to watch.
Joaquin Pheonix did an amazing job on this origin story for Joker.
For those who have seen American Horror story, Frances Conroy plays Penny Fleck.
A very deep and disturbing interpretation about how The Joker became The Joker. Of course, Pheonix did an excellent job. This type of movie is right up his alley. It was also written with him in mind for the lead role.
I like how the alley scene was included in the movie when Bruce Wayne's dad gets killed.
I did not care for this movie. Too much violence and killing. Parts of it I did not understand. Waste of time.
This is a very grim movie about mental illness. There’s nothing fun and very little that’s entertaining. For the most part I felt uncomfortable while watching. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but given the Batman association I was expecting something a bit lighter. This is not a comic book superhero romp and definitely not for kids. I’m not sure that I recommend it though it was well done.
For all the publicity and all of these completely undeserved nominations - EXTREMELY disappointing.
I really have NO clue why this movie won anything at all. Yes, the main character Arthur is well portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, but this whole picture has just a very grim, dark plot with no climax and any sort of a punchline at all. Certainly "Joker's" filmmakers completely forgot what the cinematography is all about - the storytelling, that needs to be told well enough to keep the viewers engaged. "Joker" fails in every possible way, it is predictable, ugly and worst of all - boring. I now understand why it was so easy to borrow it - nobody wants to watch it and there is a reason for it - this movie is simply a TURKEY and deserves maximum half star out of 5 - at most. Pity it has stolen an Oscar for the leading male role from Di Caprio, who got robbed again. Watching it is a waste of precious 2 hrs and 2 minutes of your life, don't even think about it - there is really nothing in there....
When evaluating a film I don't care for personally, I try to imagine who would like it, and why? And usually make a fairly long list, because taste, and what people want from a movie is subjective. With Joker, I could think of only two audiences: people who don't usually watch serious dramas (let alone films like the King of Comedy and Taxi Driver, which are obvious "inspirations"), and Joaquin Phoenix fans. Phoenix won a Best Actor Oscar for this film, but he should also have won an MVP, because he is literally the only outstanding reason watch.
Loved it in the theater, but rewatching it now, it's very derivative and ham-fisted. Joaquin is great though
What a sick movie, the best part was the rich voice of Frank Sinatra singing "Send in the Clowns" What's happened to America?