Just a little PSA to begin with; sorry it's been a long time since I last did one of these posts. I know all the die hard fans will be devastated by that. Sorry again.
Anywhich, let's talk about Joker...
Firstly (obviously)... wow. What an incredible Film. The latest incarnation of the infamous DC villain is beyond terrifying. Joaquin Phoenix introduces a new darkness to the character with an air of true violent psychosis in its purest and most realistic form possible, complimenting a pure-gold screenplay by director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Starsky & Hutch) and scriptwriting genius Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter).
I think we can all agree that Joaquin Phoenix, the man of the hour, deserves to ride out of the Dolby Theatre on the shoulders of golden Academy Award trophy the size of Andre The Giant's ghost on Oscars night. The film also features a fantastic supporting cast including Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, HIMYM), Shea Whigham (The Wolf of Wall Street, Death Note), Brett Cullen (Ghost Rider, Person of Interest) and, of course, the fantastic Robert DeNiro needs no introduction.
Todd Phillips' direction in Joker is a true revelation. The mind behind a host of frat-boy comedies has spun around on a dime to create something completely new and unlike anything we've previously seen, surpassing even the genius of directors accustomed to making dark, gritty plot-twisters. In the coming years, the likes of Nolan and Fincher may have some stiff competition.
The film will, no doubt, begin a new trend in ultra-dark stand-alone villain stories breaking the saturation of high-budget orgies of tasteless comic book hero team-ups. Joker has set a new standard of writing and direction in the genre we haven't seen since the Dark Knight trilogy and a new standard of acting we haven't seen since... well... ever! Everything about this movie screams "Oscar nominee" right down to make up and hairstyling, sound design and set construction. Personally, this blogger can see it breaking a few records.
Let's talk stats. Joker grossed $96.2m in its opening weekend, making it the highest October opener in history, beating Ruben Fleischer's Venom by a cool fifteen-mil, and the second highest fall opening weekend ever behind 2017's It which grossed an astronomical $123.4m following its release. So far, the movie has grossed $193.6m in domestic box office takings representing just over 35% of the incredible $548.3m it has taken down worldwide in under two weeks. Against a production budget of just $55m, Joker has been a financial powerhouse at the box office... happy producers = more great movies like this one!
Warner Bros. hit Joker is a fantastic, gritty, psychological thriller worthy of inclusion into anyone's list of greats. IMDb voters have already rated the film at 8.8 throwing it into a neck-and-neck race to the number 10 spot, competing against David Fincher's dark classic Fight Club. The film, although emotionally draining and at some points, hard to watch, collides violence, psychosis and dark comedy into a Gotham story unlike any other which will almost certainly be hailed as a great achievement in film history.