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Joker: An Unhappy Clown
Joker is an American Psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips based on the famous villain character "Joker" from DC Comics portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. The story set up in the 1980s in the fictional city of DC Comic - Gotham City where they show the life of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).
Arthur is a mentally ill and failed stand-up comedian who lives his struggling life with his mother and takes a job like acting like a clown for kids. Arthur's mediocre life is shown in the backdrop of Gotham City where resentment among people is rising against the elite & rich ones. The movie shows how an ordinary man in the street like Arthur is being mistreated daily and what kind of psychological trauma & beating he is facing in a society that leads to an incidence in the subway train where he kills three rich brats employed by Wayne Enterprise to protect himself. The murder of three by clown becomes viral and the entire city's underprivileged ones create that as a political movement by everyone wearing a clown mask to show their resentment towards the establishment. In the background of this political turmoil, Arthur discovers about his mother and her past with Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen), an owner of Wayne Enterprise who is also running for Mayor of Gotham City. The movie is about Arthur personal discover about his life which turns him into killers and shows his outrage towards an unforgiving society which escalates when he kills famous television personality Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) on Live TV.
I can only say one thing about this movie and that is "Wow, what a masterpiece !". It's quite brave for Todd Phillips to explore Joker character, I mean just to think about making a movie on the story of a villain who always overpowered its character in all the previous superhero movies. It's well written and I could not think of any other narrative of character like "Joker" as he has put in this story. The movie is well framed with amazing screenplay and great backdrop with chaos kind of setup of Gotham City. The film direction is flawless and with noticeable background score which blends with storyline & bold performance of Joaquin Phoenix.
This movie is quite delightful to watch just by sheer and more than the perfect acting performance by Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin's portrayal of such a complicated character from the first frame to the last frame of the movie keeps you on the edge and makes you feel for the person about what could have gone into his mind to turn it this way. He has taken care of all the small notches like- his expressive laughing condition even when he is in distress, his limped skinny body when he thinks, his imagination of being on the limelight, his dance moves and all will simply delight you.
No doubt with movies like Her, The Masters, Walk the Line Joaquin has proved his acting mettle, but the Joker is going to take him at different levels, with the class of actors like Danny Day-Lewis and probably he will get his first Oscar as Best Actor.
Must watch it if you are in for good cinema. It's simply perfect.