By Calgary Maez
Since the summer blockbuster movies have now come to a close, films during the fall and winter months start to spread thin, leaving room for some Oscar-worthy films. Joker, directed by Todd Philips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the clown-prince-of-crime, has entered the atmosphere as one of the most uncomfortable, well-shot masterpieces to hit the silver screen.
The film centers around Arthur Fleck; a starting up comedian that tries to find some sort of happiness in the dark, crime-ridden, decaying city that is Gotham. Even though it is a comic book origin film of one of the most popular DC villains, the film absolutely does not feel like one.
Joaquin Phoenix has put his own unique twist on the famed villain and gives one of the best performances of his entire career. Todd Philips decided to go in a direction that is more of a case study of the character and shows his slow decent into madness.
The film is definitely a slow burn. It’s not your typical action-packed, fast-paced action flick. The film wants you to take a journey through Arthur Fleck’s deranged mind and the pay-off towards the end is worth the journey.
The cinematography of the film stands out spectacularly and is great with visual storytelling. It is also part of the reason why the film can also make you feel uncomfortable because it’s not afraid to shy away from those graphic images.
Even though the film may be uncomfortable to watch, it leaves you with more burning questions after you walk out of the theater. You become engrossed with the realities that Arthur faces and are left questioning certain scenarios of the film. The incredible writing of the film keeps you on your toes and always guessing Arthur’s next move.
Joker is a tremendous masterpiece in the art of filmmaking. Joaquin Phoenix delivers an outstanding performance and is one of the best Jokers to ever hit the big screen. The overall writing, directing, cinematography, and score leaves you feeling uncomfortable, yet hungry for more as you take a deep, psychological dive into the mind of Arthur Fleck who is born into Joker.
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