Rated R/ 122 Minutes
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro


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"Joker" centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham's fracturedsociety. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night...but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.


First-class clown: ‘Joker’ a chilling, absorbing supervillain origin story

Joaquin Phoenix creeps us out in an intense, bloody character study that never glorifies the violence.

Three Stars (out of four)

Richard Roeper / Chicago Sun-Times

As embodied by an emaciated, maniacal, wild-eyed Joaquin Phoenix, who dances like a life-size marionette, laughs uncontrollably at the most inappropriate times and feels alive for the first time in his life only after he kills, “Joker” is a chilling character study centered around the series of events in Gotham City that resulted in the transformation of the sad loner Arthur Fleck into one of the most storied (and psychopathic) comic book supervillains of all time. Director and co-writer Todd Phillips (best known for comedies such as the “Hangover” movies and “Old School”) has delivered a dark, intense, well-photographed examination of a damaged and dangerous soul who lashes out at a society that has stepped over him and looked right through him his entire life — that is, when they’re not making him the butt of their jokes. Borrowing elements from “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy”, “Joker” is bathed in dark, ominous tones of brown and deep blue and shades of gray — in sharp contrast to Arthur Fleck/Joker’s increasingly splashy wardrobe. With Phoenix appearing in virtually every minute of this movie and dominating the screen with his memorably creepy turn, “Joker” will cling to you like the aftermath of an unfortunately realistic nightmare.

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