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Joker 2019

Is it even fair to categorize this movie as a super hero? Sure he’s more of a super villain but this movie is on an entirely different level. Forget about all the really well done Marvel films, or even Batman Begins one of the best and most critically acclaimed of the super hero films. This movie is in a league of it’s own. Batman Begins might have been the film that put comic book characters on the fast track. Certainly it got Marvel Studios to run things the right way. Competition will do that do a competitive publicly traded company.

Let’s be honest in the world of super heros Batman is the best of the best. The character and backstory lends itself to cinema. A lot of comic book fans would tell you that it’s their favorite. So now lets talk about the joker. Maybe a professional script doctor could direct this script better than I can and explain what elements about it make it work so well. The story is so well executed. It’s really not an action film. Certainly this dark take isn’t for kids. It’s the origin story of one of the DC Universes most disturbed villains. Bad people don’t just start that way. They don’t get that way by accident. There is a reason. Not everyone is dealt a fair deck of cards in life but it’s how they deal with those bumps in the road that separate good and evil.

 

As a huge Robert De Niro fan I got a kick out of seeing him. Typical De Niro taking a small supporting role and stealing the show. Actually in this case he can’t steal the show from Joaquin Phoenix. If you thought Joaquin was a great actor before this film took him to an entirely new level. Here is the good news. Joaquin Phoenix was offered $50 million for the joker sequel. Talk about getting what you deserve. Originally he was quoted as saying that the Joker was a stand alone movie but money has away of changing ones tune. Of course it’s a great negotiating tactic that obviously worked. When you win an Oscar for a film that generates $1 Billion worldwide you kind of deserve a massive payday. Talk about a big raise from $4.5 million which isn’t terrible.

 

Acting – 5
Story – 4
Entertainment – 5
Enjoyment – 4
Screenplay – 4
Cinematography – 5
Characters – 5
Plot Holes – 4
Production Value – 5
Overall – 5
Overall Score – 92

The movie is currently running on HBO. HBO max and as one of Warner brothers biggest hits in years they will probably be running this film on replay for a long time to come. If for some reason you haven’t seen it yet. Everyone will tell you that it’s a great film. Just a little dark. And no not dark like Batman. This is a movie about a seriously disturbed pychopath.