Since it’s been nearly a while since I watched most of the Oscar Best Picture Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch all 9 of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films. I am rewatching them in no particular order. Here are my Optimized thoughts on Joker (2019) :
Number of Times Seen – 2 (17 Oct 2019 and 2 Feb 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A loner who works as a clown in Gotham changes his outlook on life and the world after he is inexplicably attacked on the street.
My Take on it – This is a film that is able to give us a very intriguing look into the profile of a man who is on the edge and things happen that push him over it.
The character starts off with borderline psychological issues and as the film moves along, we get to witness his downward spiral into true madness.
This movie takes many of the social aspects of the world and presents them in an interesting way to try and show how things in many ways have crossed lines that could contribute to the unraveling of norms in society.
They find a way to cleverly deal with how reality TV has affected the population and the world into looking at things from a certain skewed perspective even by using the way that technology and society existed over thirty years ago and makes a connection to how the world works now.
Joaquin Phoenix does a superb job in the title role and he easily eclipses all of the acting performances of the past year if not more than that.
They do an amazing job keeping certain aspects of this film very ambiguous and that helps show the thin line between reality and what is just fantasy in the character’s mind.
The choice to keep this story far away from the world of a superhero also is great because it allows this story to be detached from what we would expect while still having things linger in that realm.
All in all, this is not an easy or pleasant film to watch yet they hit some great points along the way which helps make it stand out.
This isn’t the kind of film that i feel I could rewatch often, but that still doesn’t mean that this isn’t made extremely well.
Bottom Line – Very intriguing look at the psychological profile of a man with mental issues as he takes a downward spiraling journey into madness due to everything going on around him. The film does a great job looking at the social aspects of society which has crossed many lines along the way. They cleverly deal with the effects of reality TV even though this story takes place over 3 decades ago. There is no question as to how amazing Phoenix’s performance is and he easily eclipses every other acting performance of the year and perhaps even longer than that. Love the way that parts of this film are presented in an ambiguous way since we never find out what is reality and what is just in the mind of the character. Quite glad that they chose not to take this story into the direction of a superhero film because it works really well as is. Not a pleasant film to watch and it won’t be something to rewatch often, but still extremely well made. Recommended!
Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – Borderline. This film is quite dark and the story itself isn’t for everyone but the performance by Phoenix which outshines any other performance in any film this year.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a recent interview with SFX magazine, Joaquin Phoenix acknowledged that while the violence in “Joker” is “a little more visceral and raw” than films such as the Avengers series, he “didn’t have any hesitation about it.” “You always want it to feel real, and you want the little violence that we have to have an impact,” he said. “What happens in a lot of movies is that you get numb to it, you’re killing 40,000 people, you don’t feel it. While being a fictional story in a fictional world, you always want it to feel real. Everything that happens in this movie as far as violence goes, you feel it.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (slight upgrade from original review)
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