Believe the hype! Joker delivers a bold and brilliant subversion of the infamous DC villain, venturing far beyond the comfort zone of today’s shiny comic-book blockbusters.
Anchored by a frighteningly fantastic performance from Joaquin Phoenix, this is a grim and disturbing character study liberally coated in Gotham grime; you may even want to take a shower afterwards. Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) suffers from pathological laughter – a condition that sees him cackling at inopportune moments, making him a target for physical abuse and ridicule. He’s a sad figure with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian, and when one of his work colleagues slips him a gun for protection, it’s the catalyst for an even greater calling, as Gotham’s lower classes rally against capitalism – personified by industrialist and mayoral candidate Thomas Wayne.
Many consider Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn in The Dark Knight to be the ultimate Joker, but Phoenix gives us the definitive take – one that is also surely destined for Academy gold.
Release Date: January 8, 2020
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro
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