joker movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Joker is dark, heavy, powerful, complex and ultimately beautiful. This absolute hidden gem of a psychological thriller directed by Todd Phillips features a year-best, award-worthy performance from Joaquin Phoenix.


Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill loner and failed comedian disregarded and isolated by society, kills three men on a subway and begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the iconic villain known as the Joker.

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Movie details

Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler
Writer: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Release Date (Australia): 3 October 2019
Runtime: 122 minutes/2h 2m
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film features verbal and visual references to suicide and child abuse, as well as thematic material relating to mental illness and murder.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features several shooting and stabbing murders, often accompanied by large sprays and spatters of blood.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains occasionally aggressive use of the words “f**k”, “s**t” and “**shole”.

Nudity (M)

A picture of a nude woman is very briefly viewed.

Sex (M)

Verbal references are made to sex during a stand-up comedy routine.

mpaa rating

R (for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The depth, weight and complexity of Joaquin Phoenix’s staggering performance as a mentally ill loner are each of the final touches to classing this gritty character study as a sincere hidden gem. Taking a tremendously heavy focus on the backstory of the DC villain known as the Joker, the plot of this epic masterpiece is just enough to grab the anticipation of several types of audiences. Joker is psychologically thrilling, heavy, deep and dark; it will mainly disappoint those expecting a standard supervillain story with frequent crime and action.

Todd Phillip’s film is definitely very unique in a context that you shouldn’t expect something funny or lighthearted. Because Joker is the exact opposite of that. It’s one of the darkest and most powerful films you could probably ever see, plus there’s a horribly hysterical sense of infrequent dark humour. Although this tale is positively perfect, it’s pretty easy to discover why many were left disappointed. It’s a slow-burning character study. You’ll either find it great, terrible or just fine.

The performances are astonishing and the story is darkly beautiful, but the style certainly builds on to the impact it will have on you. When Arthur Fleck completely transforms into the Joker, you can feel his happiness, power and tone. But before it starts becoming bright, you must experience the uncomfortable and extremely gritty backstory. Even the soundtrack has an incredibly dark mood, and the use of fashionable songs is beautiful. Joker isn’t an average kind of movie. It’s just beautiful and powerful at deep levels.

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