Joker has stunned the box office with its release and the performance of Joaquin Phoenix is the talk of the town. The main lead of the movie has emerged as an entertainer who gratifies you and concurrently plays a tune of gloominess in your head.
Todd Phillips, can you believe the director who cracked up our belly with The Hangover has presented the character of Joker in a never seen before avatar and this is what makes him the best in his work? The movie Joker is not everyone’s cup of tea. Not because it has dark and depressing moments with the urge of character development but because the journey of Arthur Fleck aka Joker is conditional and it is not easy to cope up with the character throughout as a violent and a conditioned pathological laugher.
Joaquin Phoenix has always been one of the best, yet underrated, actors in the industry. He has delivered many best performances, be it the villain of Gladiator or a depressed lover of AI in Her, he nailed them all by giving his best. But Phoenix’s character portrayal as a Joker is one of the finest portrayals of all time and powerful enough to remembered as optimal for decades.
Please note: This post is not going to be a review of the film, but the performance of the male protagonist or antagonist (you decide) and how his character established himself well with the audience. Spoilers ahead!
What makes the Joker movie stand out well in the troupe?
Joker is not just a character, but a journey that shares how he become what he is today. In this Arthur’s character study story, we see him getting bullied by the hooligans for no reason and how he’s lost in finding humanity. Arthur is an aspiring stand-up comedian who lives with his mother.
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However, having a medical condition dissolving into a peal of laughter when grief hits hard deep within is what makes Arthur struggle a lot in everyday life. Alongside, the societal difference is intensifying in him and making him crumble under pressure.
The fusion of all such incidents grows the rage within him and he ended up being the king of violence instead of a stand-up comedian. This is the prequel of the Heath Ledger starrer The Dark Knight which follows the story of a character who turned a blind eye to the society. In this age of CGI nonsense and presenting protagonists larger than life on screen, Joker stands out all alone slickly brilliant.
Blowing way the mind of the audience in the field of acting and direction, this movie surprises everyone even in background score which terrifies you and makes you feel that Joker will go rogue again.
Sometimes being serious is the only way out to be known. When Joaquin Phoenix was offered the role of Joker, all he did becoming an actor was playing the role truthfully. This is one of the reasons why this version of Joker is marking madness over audience. Let’s see some more reasons which make Joker coping well with the audience and why they are going crazy over it.
Here are the main reasons why Joker goes well with the audience
Different approach to the legendary Joker character – We have seen Heath Ledger’s Joker (best approach till date) and Jared Leto’s Joker (worst of all time) but Phoenix’s approach is divergent. He carries and lives the character with its own attitude standing out very similar in comparison with the legendary one. Being fearless and stunning in the emotional depth makes him king of crime.
Shinning performance by Joaquin Phoenix – Arthur Fleck is a lonely liver who smiles as a clown for living and follows his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. No one listens to his voice and he is getting lonelier with each passing day. This lonely phase of Arthur’s life is getting tough and this is making him dangerous to evolve as a psyche. Ledger’s character of Joker is sadly happier, but Phoenix’s version is neither happy nor sad, he is lonely and dangerous. Being such character, Joaquin shines throughout the movie.
Joker is a brand evolving with the audience – Joker being the spin-off of The Dark Knight had already gained much popularity before its release. Ever since the release of the trailer, everyone wanted to see the gritty character study of Joker as a person and why he is how he is. Casting Joaquin Phoenix to play such character spiced up the heat and cleared up space for the movie to become an awesome accomplishment.
Brings the comic book realistically to life – Todd Phillips directorial of 2019 is based on a comic book character by DC and the way he presented the character and the essence sticks true to the book and sends chills to the spine of audience. There is hardly any movie which has reached this much close to actual narration, the unison magic of Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix worked here tremendously and this is the reason they brought the best out of it.
At par Cinematography and Direction – The way the camera captures the essence of the thematic elements in Joker movie is at par. The cinematography of the movie is so astonishing that audience will fall in love with the director’s intention of presenting something in a certain way. The stunning direction of Todd Phillips makes Jokes the best movie of 2019. Take a bow, Tod, for the direction and Joaquin a standing ovation for the spectacular act.
The only way to understand and live with the character of Arthur is to watch him grow on-screen. Joker is one of the greatest written superheroes film in years. Heroes are now the thing of past, let us welcome villains to society.
Joker is now playing in theaters everywhere.