Rent Joker (2019)

4.3 of 5 from 115 ratings
2h 2min
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Synopsis:
"Joker" centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Coming Soon, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/02/2020
Run Time:
122 minutes
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/02/2020
Run Time:
122 minutes
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/02/2020
Run Time:
122 minutes

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Reviews (2) of Joker

Outstanding - Joker review by BE

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26/10/2019

A thoroughly absorbing cinema experience with Joaquin Phoenix giving yet another Oscar worthy performance. Emotional, controversial and tragic in equal measure interspersed with some uncomfortable comedy scenes.  I cannot rate this movie highly enough and glory be, no sex scenes!  A Superb presentation.  (I noticed Bradley Cooper coming up in the  in the credits as one of the co-producers - he doesn't appear to be putting a foot wrong these days). 

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Not really the Joker - Joker review by RC

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06/11/2019

I wonder why the writers chose the DC comics character of The Joker for this film. They have not been faithful to the character from the DC comics. First of all, deviating from the reason why he's called the Joker, which is not because he was a failing comedian/clown but because he looked like a Joker from a pack of playing cards after falling into a vat of chemicals. Secondly, and more importantly, the Joker in this film is not depicted as being particularly intelligent, at least I didn't get that impression. The Joker from the original DC comics is an expert in chemical engineering and a formidable adversary to Batman. Anyone like this is hardly going to be living on the breadline as a struggling comedian or clown. If they are going to use The Joker from the Batman universe then I really think they should be faithful to the character's roots as otherwise they may just as well have created their own unique character. Maybe the filmmakers just wanted to create a bleak story about an insane character that is struggling in life and turns to murdering people. This certainly reminds of recent cases of people mass murdering in schools etc. Perhaps the writers needed The Joker label as a selling point?

I think Joaquin's performance is clever but this is a very bleak story and not sure what message if any, it has to tell. We know there are insane people about, we know that many are on the edge of committing crimes and that it just takes a nudge to send them over the edge. Do we really need to see what they do? Do we need to see the gore? That I suppose is a matter of personal preference.

This story is reminiscent of others such as 'Falling Down' with Michael Douglas, a man pushed over the edge. Another bleak film, but at least this character is not borrowed from DC comics, and realistically is caught in the end. The Joker on the otherhand vades capture time after time though fortuitous events rather than through design. Compare that to the original Joker that is not only able to escape from the Police but also Batman! You would need more than luck for this.

To me, this is not a character from the Batman universe. I think it would have been better had the writers created a different character of their own and then let Joaquin's acting let loose with this individual.

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