It’s sounds so simple. A good movie combines two elements: visual interest and story. And so many fail at either one or the other. Not ‘Joker.’
‘Joker’ works so brilliantly because while remaining true to the DC comic style and story, its’ star is no caricature but a multi faceted suffering, society critiquing and yes, insane, real person oops I mean character. Thank you, Joaquin Phoenix. Place all bets on him winning all the awards this year. He bounces between pathos and a frighteningly beautiful madness with every scene stealing suck on the cigarette glued to his bony fingers. Oh, he’s grotesquely thin, but as he dances down a flight of city stairs in the full Joker regalia he could be Fred Astaire…
Violence, murder, and that dangerous line between good being evil and evil being good. Some thought provoking scenes about how a city in chaos treats those who are down and out. Not a children’s comic book story.
Glad I saw it; sorry for the late review.