Don't go thinking you'll be seeing the Batman take down The Joker in this original retelling of the caped crusader's most popular villain. But some familiar names will stick out and that certainly was a little treat.
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Robert De Niro
Pros: Wow, what can I say about this movie? It certainly was different from the comic version of Joker we all know and love but this version was more real in the fact that someone in real life could snap and do this but being a person who listens to true crime, this has happened, not in a grand scope like it's portrayed in the film but smaller and that aspect alone is why I really enjoyed this flick. It kept me on my toes figuring out what was real and what was in his head. It's one of those movies that makes you pay attention and I loved it. In my personal opinion, Heath is thee Joker but Joaquin is definitely in that second spot. He deserves an oscar by the time award season comes around after his performance. Secondary cast and familiar places came through as well and using characters in the Batman story like the Waynes sucked me in.
Cons: I enjoyed this film so I don't have very many cons, but I will admit that it's slow in the beginning and slowly starts to pick up. I would have liked to see more references to that DC world and we got a tiny bit but I'd like to see more characters shown. It was also a Joker movie so the focus was more on him so I really shouldn't complain.
Here is a little quote given by his version of Joker by Alan Moore, creator of a one-shot graphic novel, Batman: The killing joke, "All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day." Joaquin's Joker definitely had a lot of bad days. Again, this is a more slow storytelling, mental, crazy side version of Joker and if that stuff bores you I don't recommend you seeing this but if it does, Go and enjoy dissecting it as much I did.
Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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