Joker Movie


Byron Rios, Junior

Joaquin Phoenixs’ Oscar worthy performance as the Joker is wonderfully unique and impactful. The movie serves as a prequel to the introduction of Batman as well as serving as the origin story for Joker.

Through the arc of the movie, we see the world through the eyes of a mentally ill Arthur Flek. He suffers from pathogenic laughter and other types of mental illnesses and as Gotham City’s streets get filled with an abundance of crime and poverty, many are driven to kill, including Arthur Flek. 

Joaquin Phoenix’s outstanding performance in the Joker, gives the audience the dangerous and dark feeling that the fictional character experiences in the film. Joaquin delivers the ominous tone of the film, while at the same time making the audience feel empathy for his character. 

The movie delivers in giving the audience a serious origin story for the beloved villain. Those who expect an action packed movie as the typical superhero films, will be let down. This movie takes the audience on a psychological and emotional journey.

 Jeffrey M. Anderson, a movie critic from Common Sense Media, stated: “Led by Phoenix’s ferocious, feral performance, this especially dark, gritty comic book movie is a character drama that’s drawn more toward real-world troubles than to capes and crusading.”

We have received many origin stories of the Joker, with the classic fall into the acid and the accidental mouth wound leaving the creepy wounded smile. This time however, it takes the origin of Joker and changes it to how a man can easily be broken by a corrupt society.

Joker is just an awesome movie, period. Rex Reed, a movie critic from Observer, explained, “Prepare to be devastated by Joker. Not so much by the intense madness and blood-spewing violence that is sometimes hard to watch, or the overwhelming central performance by Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, but by the vision and artistry of the film itself.” Joaquin Phoenixs’ performance and Todd Philips reinvention of the original DC Villain makes Joker a wonderful film that will leave fans and non-fans of the original comics moved and disturbed in many ways.