One, after a second viewing it is very clear that Heath Ledger is still the best Joker and probably will be for a while (if Joaquin Phoenix couldn’t dethrone him I don’t know who can.) Two, while Joker is pretty good and an intriguing origin story it definitely didn’t deserve the win for Best Picture. In fact, it can be a bit boring as it drags along this mystery surrounding Arthur Fleck and his slow-burn downward spiral into madness. However, the ending is pretty good and by the time he paints his “happy face” you understand him and why he has finally cracked.
Push someone to the brink and eventually, they will push back. It’s why we’re seeing the #BlackLivesMatter movement so prominently and racist statues being taken down. And now sporting organizations and food companies have to change their brands as the world now sees their marketing as a sign of still promoting past prejudiced thinking.
The last thirty minutes of Joker is definitely worth the wait. By the conclusion, you kind of can’t help but wish for another film that features Phoenix’s Joker taking on a new, darker version of Batman but that probably won’t happen. So, until then, we just have to watch this film which takes comic book movies into that gritty place that I’ve always wanted to see.
However, there’s no denying that powerful, melancholy musical score that won Hildur Guðnadóttir an Oscar. It is hauntingly brilliant.
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