The Jokes on You
Potential Classic the Joker in theaters October 4th
September 18, 2019
The upcoming film Joker is a psychological thriller and is directed by Todd Phillips, he also co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film is based on DC Comics characters, but it is not related to any of the previous Batman entries and is not a sequel. Joaquin Phoenix stars as the Joker, Joaquin is a well-respected method actor and it has been noted by many that his dedication to this film was incredible. The film is an organ story for the Joker, it takes place in the 1980s and follows Arthur Fleck, who is a failed stand-up comedian who then turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City.
It was a long process trying to figure out who would be the next guy to terrorize the city of Gotham and take on the role of the Joker. Warner Bros originally wanted and sought after the A-Lister Leonardo DiCaprio but he ultimately declined the role. This led to them pursuing Joaquin Phoenix who was always interested in doing a comic book film, however, he was interested in a lower budget film but the studio was able to convince him and from what it looks like they found the perfect fit for the role.
In recent interviews, Joaquin Phoenix has shared his preparation to be in the right mental state and master the characteristics of someone who has turned psychotic. He also lost over 50 pounds for the role to physically emulate the Joker. The two main stars of the film Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro are two of the most well-respected actors in Hollywood, with that being said this movie has some legitimacy and will draw audiences to check out the film.
Director Todd Phillips has said Joker gets its influences from classic films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The King of comedy as well as the silent film the man who laughs. Reading from that list of classic cinema this film has big shoes to fill. Joker is already receiving buzz for being a candidate for many nominations this next year during the award season. This movie is exciting to many fans due to its original idea and the fact that it is not a sequel, but yet is a standalone movie with a fresh take on a character we all know and are fascinated with.