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Joker: A Well-Deserved Oscar Statuette For Joaquin Phoenix

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I just hope my death makes
more cents than my life.

Weltschmerz. Despair. Grief. Desperation. Those are the keywords that came to mind after watching this movie. If you are a superhero film fan and you expect heroic confrontations between this crazy clown and our bats-related superhero in a tight latex suit, you can safely turn around and skip this film. The interpretation of “The Joker” by Jack Nicholson was masterful. He played a mean Joker who was obsessed with money and power. But without a doubt, Heath Ledger’s interpretation is the most legendary. He played Joker’s insanity and psychopathic behavior in an unparalleled way. An outstanding acting performance. What Joaquin Phoenix does in this film, however, is breathtaking and brilliant at the same time. After “You were never really here” I thought Phoenix belonged to the leading group of excellent actors. After “Joker“, for me anyway, he’s already the front-runner in that group.

 

Joker

 

A confronting and impressive film.

I am not easily impressed by a movie. But “Joker” made an immense impression on me. And not because of the violence. By the way, I found the reports of people leaving the cinema prematurely, because it became too intense, grossly exaggerated. Every average action movie today is filled with aggressive scenes full of senseless violence. I was more overwhelmed by a constant uncomfortable feeling while watching this film. A feeling of pity and vicarious shame. For Arthur Fleck, as well as for the fellow citizens he meets in his daily life. For me, the saddest scene was the stand-up comedy moment. You know Arthur’s performance will be completely ridiculous and that his would-be funny performance will backfire in his face. The most significant scene was the one with the over-concerned mother in the subway who shouts at Arthur and tells him to stop intimidating her child. After his hysterical laughing, she turns her back on him anxiously. Pitiful. Confronting. Enough incentive to derail the psyché of this disturbed soul.

 

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Phenomenal Phoenix.

Joaquin Phoenix is phenomenal. Not only is he extremely psychologically vulnerable. Also physically he looks emaciated and fragile. Little more than skin and bone. It looked as if his rib cage would burst out of his body. And his shoulder blades could be ripping through his skin at any time. Skin like yellow parchment full of cracks. Just like his by antidepressants ravaged morbid mind. Antidepressants that are needed to control his uncontrollable laughter and help him through his measly existence. A hopeless life without understanding and loving feelings. Except toward his mother (Frances Conroy). An old woman who sits all day in her seat. Demented. Fading away. With a daily routine of writing letters to Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen), father of Bruce Wayne and future mayor of Gotham, asking if he could help them.

 

Joker

 

May the force be with you.

Joker” is not a relaxing film. It’s depressing to see how such an individual is harassed and spit out by society. Not a day goes by without being scorned, physically abused or treated as a leprosy patient. This downward spiral he’s getting into creates an explosive moment in which he takes matters into his own hands, resulting in a disastrous outcome. The discharge that follows afterward, has been portrayed both frighteningly and magically. That unreal and silly dance in the public toilet is probably a moment of realization that his life is at a tipping point. And without realizing it, he becomes the symbolic force behind a movement against injustices in society. A sort of evil, insane Katniss Everdeen for the outcasts. And although many don’t like to hear this, the number of similarities with our current society is alarmingly high.

 

Joker

 

Hand over that statuette. And fast.

Yes, “Joker” is a sort of origin story of Batman’s most infamous archenemy. On the other hand, this could be the portrait of so many others as well. Everyday people who struggle with their personality and fall through the cracks and out of the system at all levels. Individuals who are often driven into a corner and cultivate a destructive hatred toward everything and everyone. And then there’s a day their fuse blows and they resort to actions that aren’t tolerated by modern society. Not that I approve of these actions but I think it’s kind of logical consequence. “Joker” is not part of a superhero universe. This film is more realistic than any psycho-dramatic film. A film that shows how an underdog grows into a monstrous tormentor who preaches chaos and destruction. A numb, sick mind that doesn’t care. The harder you pound him, the louder his laugh. The movie “Joker” helped me understand who that figure is and where he comes from. For me the most impressive film out of the superheroes potpourri that we’ve seen these few last years. And for my par. He’ll certainly be laughing about it uncontrollably the evening of the award ceremony.

 

My rating 9/10
Links: IMDB

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Warner Bros. Official Slate Of Upcoming Films – Matrix 4, The Flash, Mortal Kombat & More

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released its official slate of action films expected to hit theater screens through 2022.  Warner Bros. is set to kick things off with ‘Birds of Prey’ (February 7, 2020), ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ (June 5, 2020), ‘The Batman’ (June 5, 2021), ‘The Suicide Squad’ (August 6, 2021) and ‘Black Adam’ (December 22, 2021). The posted slate has also dropped the highly anticipated ‘Akira’ project, that has been in and out of production hell for over a decade. Fans have also noted that Keanu Reeves will have two movies dropping not only in the same year, but on the same day. Lionsgate is also planning to release ‘John Wick 4’ on May 21, 2021. The same day ‘Matrix 4’ is set to release.

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Birds of Prey (February 7, 2020)

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord, Black Mask in Gotham City.

Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5, 2020)

Wonder Woman squares off against the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

Mortal Kombat (March 5, 2021)

Mortal Kombat is an upcoming 2021 American martial-arts fantasy action film directed by Simon McQuoid from a screenplay by Greg Russo, based on the video game franchise of the same name created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. The film serves as a reboot to the film series following Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

Matrix 4 (May 21, 2021)

Warner Bros. Pictures has officially confirmed that a fourth Matrix film is in development with Village Roadshow Pictures for a May 21, 2021 release, with Lana Wachowski co-writing and directing and Reeves and Moss reprising their roles.

The Batman (June 5, 2021)

The Batman is an American superhero movie directed by Matt Reeves which is scheduled for release in 2021. Tenth movie in the DC film universe, this is the eighth movie centered on Batman, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021)

The Suicide Squad, also known as Suicide Squad 2, is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team Suicide Squad. Set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad and the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe.

Black Adam (December 22, 2021)

Black Adam is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, the character is a recurring enemy of Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel and the nemesis of the Marvel/Shazam Family.

The Flash (July 1, 2022)

Barry Allen uses his superhuman speed to become the Flash.

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Wonder Woman 1984 | Official Trailer – HD

Wonder Woman squares off against the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

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Genre:

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Date:

June 5, 2020

Director:

Patty Jenkins

Cast:

Gal Gadot, Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Kristen Wiig,

Plot Summary:

Wonder Woman squares off against the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

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Wonder Woman 1984 | Teaser – Full Trailer Tomorrow

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Genre:

Fantasy, Action

Release Date:

June 5, 2020

Director:

Patty Jenkins

Cast:

Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Robin Wright, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, Kristoffer Polaha

Plot Summary:
Wonder Woman squares off against the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

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