Growing up in an age post the ‘golden era’ of filmmaking, we’ve often heard people from previous generations rave about cinematic masterpieces like The Godfather , Taxi Driver, and the likes.
Our millennial selves have had films to boast about as well, but rarely do we come across a film so brilliant that it changes the course of cinematic history as we know it. Joker is that rare gem that tightly packs everything — brilliant acting, cinematography, writing, music, and so much more.
Having just watched Joker, all I’d say is go experience this film.Rarely do you come across a film where the audience stands up in the end to applaud the art.
Certainly an Oscar-worthy performance by Joaquin Phoenix.
Have a look at some of the first reviews by the audience:
Before the film even hit screens, one knew that this was going to be one of the biggest feathers in Joaquin Phoenix’s cap. His outstanding ‘Oscar-worthy’ performance truly surpassed the legacy of Heath Ledger’s Dark Knight rendition of the Joker. You feel his every emotion, yet you’re still afraid of his unpredictability.
His performance not only delves deep into the character itself but also gives an insight into what mental health can manifest into if not kept in check. It is a social commentary on how outer appearances are essential for human connection in the world we live in. And that if you’re different or suffer from a condition that doesn’t allow you to maintain a facade, you are shunned from society.
The film is a cautionary tale of what can become of those who society shuns only because they’re different, flawlessly exhibited by Phoenix.
While you do tend to empathise with his never-ending tragedy, you still don’t forgive him for his crimes. And that in itself demonstrates what an outstanding film this is.
The storytelling gets you invested, whether you’re a comic fan or not.
It is a brilliant film no doubt. But what makes Joker even better is how it doesn’t intertwine itself too deep into regular DC trappings. Even if you’re not buried into comic book fandom, the film is still a standalone masterpiece.
We’re lucky to have gotten this film in our lifetime and we’ll certainly be talking about this Oscar-worthy cinematic brilliance for years to come. Don’t miss this generation’s cinematic cult classic.