05 Oct 2019s Joker
Joker. Man, how do I start this review? I guess with a synopsis. Let’s see what the ol IMDB has to say (because their’s are the worst):
A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society.
Wow, nailed it, IMDB. So, on to my review since we have that all covered. And honestly, I don’t mind your incredibly vague writeup as usually people give away too much; that’s why I don’t read reviews or watch trailers before movies come out.
Here we go.
This is a masterpiece. I think I could end the review now and be completely fine with it. Not only is this the best movie of the year, it may be the best movie of the last decade. I’m not saying it’s my favorite, but it’s certainly the best.
Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant, sad, haunting, tortured and monstrous in this performance. I think most of us at this point think the Oscars are a sham, but if he doesn’t win best actor for this, it just solidifies it. Zazie Beatz further cements herself as one of my favorite actresses today (along with being my current Hollywood crush). DeNiro, is, well, DeNiro. But the whole supporting cast of characters does a great job.
The cinematography is beautiful, and the score is haunting and tense with near-perfect timing. It’s funny that the droning and tense film I’ve been waiting for all year came in the form of a DC universe movie. This movie doesn’t overstay its welcome, and the 121 minute run-time is not a burdon. I love how so much of this came from Todd Philips and his team too. Guys we just don’t think of as doing something like this, and they just nailed it. I love Old School too, though, so it’s not a bash on them.
Most of those dread-filled films I love so much have something much different from this though: rewatchability. A lot of those films are maybe a one-watch film. This? I can’t wait to see again.
I honestly don’t have a single complaint. It’s easy to nitpick something and find the little flaws, or what you’d have done differently, but I’m not going to do that here.