Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Let’s cut to the chase…. You can fully believe the hype here – Joker is one of the best films of 2019. Period. It’s dangerous, intense and brutal… a game changer of a film that does so much more than I expected it to do. Playing out like part V For Vendetta part Taxi Driver, The Hangover’s Todd Philips delivers a film that you’d think had been done by a master filmmaker. Not the guy who delivered some pretty average films. Joker is stylish but without being in your face and, contrary to the Birds Of Prey trailer that screened beforehand, relies on performance and nuance over flash. Philips is a revelation. But for all the films expert direction it would be very different without Joaquin Phoenix’s central performance as Arthur Fleck. He’s mesmerising, edgy and, at least for a time, highly sympathetic. Phoenix must be a shoe in for an acting nomination at the Oscar’s next year. Joker delivers more than it had any right to and become essential viewing in the process.
Best Bit: Joker On TV
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Cinema
If You Liked this Try: V For Vendetta, Taxi Driver, The King Of Comedy , Fight Club