‘Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?’- Joker, 2019

Hey! It’s been a hot minute – the life of a teacher! I’ve been on a break from school (ah school holidays!) so thought I would check in! How are you all? Good? I’m glad. Let’s just jump into it, shall we?

Arthur with his counsellor – Joker, WB Studios, 2019

A few weeks ago I went to see Joker, with my dad. We’re both die-hard DC fans (or superhero fans to be honest) and love to see a good flick together – yes, that includes the girly ones. Long story short, I thought it was cinema genius and Joaquin Phoenix deserves an Oscar. Will he get one? Probably not – it’s a superhero movie. They don’t get nominated. Admittedly, I did miss the first ten minutes of the film (for TMI reasons) so I can’t comment on them, other than that my dad caught me up on the small bit I had missed. I don’t think it spoiled the movie for me.

Testing out the clown makeup – Joker, WB Studios, 2019

Joker is an origin story for the Joker set in 1981. The film follows Arthur Fleck (who is not the Joker of any known DC universe, so this is it’s own separate thing), a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. He’s a man with some serious mental health issues too. They’re really well handled in the film. We slowly see Arthur’s sanity fall apart, and it’s a thrilling and pretty bloody ride. It’s honestly hard to talk about without spoiling literally everything about it. As an audience you need to watch the decent that Arthur goes through yourself, not hear it second hand from a reviewer.
My one thing to all the people who have rated this poorly, due to it’s association with DC and him being “Joker” – you need to get off your high horse and realise that this is it’s own stand alone movie. It may be jumping off a new, and grittier (if that’s at all possible), DC universe, and I think it’s a good start!

All in all, I loved the film. I can’t wait to own it on DVD!

Did you see Joker? Did you love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!

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