Joker Movie Review: A Comic Book Movie with a Message

Joker is one of the best films of this year featuring one of the best performances this year, one of the best stories of this year and the most important message of this year. Try to get out to see it this weekend. You don’t want to miss it.

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Joker Movie Review: A Comic Book Movie with a Message

The poster for Joker. After it won the best film award at the Venice Film Festival, Oscar buzz started to surface.

The poster for Joker. After it won the best film award at the Venice Film Festival, Oscar buzz started to surface.

IMDb, Warner Bros.

The poster for Joker. After it won the best film award at the Venice Film Festival, Oscar buzz started to surface.

IMDb, Warner Bros.

IMDb, Warner Bros.

The poster for Joker. After it won the best film award at the Venice Film Festival, Oscar buzz started to surface.

Carson Zorn, Writer

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If you told me in January that a solo movie about the infamous Batman villain Joker was going to deliver the most important message of the year, there’s a good chance I would’ve laughed, but how wrong I would’ve been. Accept it or not, Joker is an important movie and it’s one everyone needs to see. But just how good is it?

First off, we have to address the one aspect of the film that is getting praise from nearly every critic out there. Joaquin Phoenix as Joker/Arthur Fleck. His performance is amazing, he practically disappears into the role to the point where its hard to differentiate between the actor and the character. The performance is so real and emotional that you actually feel empathy for the Joker, which isn’t something you want to feel, it just happens. His performance is definitely Oscar-worthy and will be talked about for years to come. 

None of the supporting characters have particularly big roles, but they all do their part and deliver great performances. With the standout being Robert DeNiro’s ‘Murray.’ Zazie Beetz also does very well in her limited amount of screentime.

As far as the story goes, Joker is very well-crafted and well-written. This movie has some of the best lines of dialogue I’ve heard this year. While watching the film I found some character development to be lacking, but later discovered that it was intentional, negating my only real problem with the film. Todd Phillips and Scott Silver did a great job writing a Joker movie that didn’t rely on Batman to be good, which is hard to do, and they deserve respect and a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nod for it.

I will warn some of you, don’t go in expecting non-stop action, don’t go in expecting him to be Joker from minute one. This is an intense character study, meaning the film is a slow burn until about the last twenty minutes. But its so well-made and well-written that I didn’t really care about the lack of action, and the payoff of watching the slow-burn is huge. 

Lastly, the messages this film delivers are important and huge for our society. Not only are there messages about how we treat the mentally ill, but also about how we treat lower class citizens, and how all that can lead to riots and violence.

Joker is one of the best films of this year featuring one of the best performances this year, one of the best stories of this year and the most important message of this year. Try to get out to see it this weekend. You don’t want to miss it.

Score: 95%

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