Joker is based on one of the most maniacal characters of Comics history. But, it is anything but a superhero movie. For first-timers, Joker just like Batman or Superman is just another DC character, one of the bad guys though.
Unlike previous flicks where Arthur Fleck (Joker) has made an appearance, Todd Phillips‘ Joker is a masterpiece, a chilling ode to the enigmatic DC character.
I am a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it, you know?(Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight 2008)
It’s 2 hours, 2 minutes of watching with growing trepidation, what Gotham makes out of a man already on the brink of making the bend. Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck alias Joker is a clown by day and an aspiring stand-up comedian by night. Unfortunately, it takes being funny to be a comedian (Penny Fleck), a feat not within his reach.
The movie is poignant with imagery that drives home every theme it torchlights and that’s quite a good number. When we aren’t getting educated on the need to pay more attention to mental health, we are forced to come face to face with the downside of Gun laws, Bullying, the treachery of the elite class and the next to trash treatment of low-class citizens.
The Nigerian in me made a quick toast to Fleck’s Ghana-Must-Go bag and the symbol it represents for both the movie and the Nigerian audience… Gist for Twitter yarns.
The humanness of Arthur Fleck is also one of the reasons this story is a masterpiece. Christopher Nolan‘s Joker character ( Heath Ledger- The Dark Knight) is a sinister psychopath who gets his kick from blowing up hospitals but Todd Phillips‘ Joker just needs love. Every murder for the Joker is tied to the notion of rejection and he confirms this in his final speech to Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro). We couldn’t have asked for a better origin story.
See madness as you know is like gravity, all it takes is a little Push!(Heath Ledger- The Dark Knight 2008)
Undoubtedly, the average minded film lover in Nigeria might find Joker a bit of a bore. It’s as understandable as it goes seeing as the action doesn’t jump right at you the minute you take your seat. If you are patient enough, it’s a jump you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
Joaquin Phoenix delivers a jaw shattering performance as Arthur Fleck, probably the most intriguing delivery of all 14 performances of the character. The actor lost 24kg for this role.