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Joker Film Review (2019) – Bad Day Origin

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(This is Joker film review, which is a new origin film featuring Batman’s most famous nemesis)

One particular aspect of being a good villain is to be remembered for decades fighting with laughter. And Joker is what is supposed to be the origin of the most famous nemesis of Batman of all time.

It is directed by Todd Philips, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron. Now, let’s get deep down into the Joker film review below!

 

Premise

What happens when a man undergoes too much of a bad day? Well, in this reimagine origin story of the killer clown, things just happen to go south and he seems to get more insane from it. What will he become?

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The origin of the laugh

 

Joker Film Review

Premise

The story takes a darker tone and also less cartoonish of fictionish. I must say that I like the story pretty well, for it is set to our current era of realism, and that makes it really relatable to us. No longer is the Joker born from an acid bath, but from the suffocation and suffering from the society itself.

I like the story pretty well, for it is set to our current era of realism, and that makes it really relatable to us

The film takes us through his pitiful present where he is met with so many setbacks in life. He is diagnosed with some forms of sickness that makes him laugh at inappropriate time, and yet no one appreciates his comedy. The whole turn of events are pretty quick and we got to see what make him so mad at the society at large.

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Can I make you laugh with this?

 

Another things I like is how the film presents a darker tone, yet never too exaggerated. In fact, most of the events that happened are pretty normal in today’s world. We do not see much dramatic moments, except in the last few minutes. This makes the whole film feel fresh, and also different from normal superheroes/supervillain movies.

There’s also the fact that it often blurs reality and delusion, where we would never know which are real and which are part of the Joker’s imagination. This is done subtly, and yet it brings out the full effect of bringing us fully into Joker’s perspective on his life.

There’s also the fact that it often blurs reality and delusion

Pacing

Pacing is well paced, with it starting slow for us to know the Joker’s story world, and then slowly it gains its pace to introduce more setbacks at believable rate. The whole film seems to be like a theatre play, where appropriate parts are shown slowly and then things go on a crescendo.

 

Characters

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The insanity from the society begins

 

Now, the characters are great themselves, but only Joker is the main character with any background story. Granted, we get to see the Wayne family and the death of Bruce’s parents. But this film is really almost 99% focused solely on the Joker.

The other characters are interesting but do not play a very large role. There are no supporting characters in a sense. The others are just audiences in this Joker’s tale. They are there as set pieces for his play.

They are there as set pieces for his play

Now, I must say that Joaquin really gets his role right. The whole thing seem fit for him, as he is able to portray out someone who has a laughing sickness, and yet tries to live his life as best as he can. I don’t know how to explain it, but his whole expression, body languages and the timing of his laughter are perfect for the Joker role.

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I am but a clown…a Joker

 

It’s the way he laughs, the way he moves and smiles, and his whole persona give us a believable Joker that might just appear in this world. There are none of those exaggerated laughter to look like a villain. No, this Joker is someone that you can find in your neighbourhood, and he becomes mad because of all the bad things that happen to him.

It’s the way he laughs, the way he moves and smiles, and his whole persona give us a believable Joker that might just appear in this world

The whole film lets us focus on his rise to villainy, and yet we are able to take pity on him. His motive for crime is noble…to him and those that suffer under the current system. He becomes a sort of anti-hero, portrayed in neither good or bad light. This film acts more like a documentary drama but it’s still a good one.

The other characters are pretty alright with their roles, and I don’t have much comment on them.

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And now…it begins!

 

Soundtrack

The soundtrack just fit this film very well. There are plenty of scores that highlight his sad moment, and also his insane moment. The tracks switch from a darker moody melody to a lighter almost bright music that shows us the switch of his normal life to that of villainy.

 

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Joker Film Review (2019) – Bad Day Origin
Story
Pacing
Characters
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Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Joaquin's performance is phenomenal
A premise that is believable and relatable
Not much exaggerated or dramatic scenes unlike other superheroes movies
Soundtracks are great and fitting
Pacing is pretty good
What's bad
Other characters do not get much spotlight
4.2
DAYUM!
Joker is a film that has the last laugh!
For an origin film among the current crops of superheroes/supervillain movies, Joker stands out for his darker tone, and yet believable and relatable premise. And of course, Joaquin's performance as Joker is phenomenal as he brings out the true horror of our society.
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Anthony L Tjandra
An everyday guy who is the founder of Controller Companies. He started it when he was frustrated to find that the stuff he bought had no reviews available online. Thus, this website is created with the sole purpose of reviewing stuff that he has seen, bought, used or enjoyed! Now, he is probably doing another review while you are reading this.
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