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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sheep Movie Review: Joker (2019)

Joker (2019)
Oct 3, 2019
Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language, and brief sexual images)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
"Joker" centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly 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.

Wow...there is so much to unpack with this movie. But let's get this out of the way...I loved it. It is dark and brutal and sad but it is one of the best villain character developments I've seen on the screen. The writers and directors got this one right. It was so believable, which is why it is disturbing. My emotions were everywhere. The more I think about it, the more I like it.

It does move slow, but it has to in the beginning. Once the Joker accepts his fate things get exciting and violent. I liked how they tied in Bruce Wayne's fate and the reason why the Joker laughs like he does.

Joker is a dark movie but from a storytelling point of view, it is brilliant.

5 "Send in the clowns" Sheep


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