In mainstream movies today, “dark” is just another flavor. Like “edgy,” it’s an option you use depending on what market you want to reach. And it is particularly useful when injected into the comic book genre.
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.
It’s fair to say everyone is waiting with bated breath for the Joaquin Phoenix starrer Joker. And from the looks of it, early reviews have only good things to say about it.
In fact, according to Variety, the premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival got an eight minute standing ovation.
Yep. EIGHT minutes of standing and clapping. If I’m being honest, I probably haven’t had eight minutes worth of standing ovation over the course of my entire life.
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.
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.
The storytelling gets you invested, whether you’re a comic fan or not.
Among comicbook villains, Joker stands out due to his glaringly ambiguous past. His origins are controversial and aren’t really decisive owing to its unreliable narrator — the Joker himself. The film marvellously tells his story while still retaining the ambiguous essence. It is carefully crafted storytelling at its best. Yet it retains the chaos that is at the core of the Joker’s persona.
The film is a visually stunning piece of art.
Although set in Gotham City of the 80s, the film could very well have been a reflection of a later time. With its glaring wealth disparity and ostracisation of those socially and mentally weaker than the rest, the film poses a self-reflection of sorts for the times we live in.
The stunning visuals with gritty undertones set the dark tonality of the film. And the background score is certainly the cherry on the neatly put-together icing.
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.
Contributed by Mansi