JOKER: The making of a villain (official trailer)

Joker-1-min

A film about one of Batman’s vilest enemies, at first sight, seems of limited scope: what can you add to what we already know? Well, indeed, plenty. Director Todd Phillips, who also co-wrote the script with Scott Silver, went very deeply and successfully reconstructing a character that had a lot of potential as an archetype of evil. But, a figure that also has a background and a psychological and social context, and in presenting those aspects, the film is simply brilliant.

The setting of the movie is very realistic in taking the audience to the 1970s, in Gotham, the fictional city inspired by Chicago, New Jersey, and New York. Arthur Fleck a.k.a. Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) works for a company that provides clowns to promote sales at stores or to organizations requiring cheap entertainment. Arthur is one of those sad clowns, in fact, we see him at the beginning of the movie involved in an incident that serves to introduce what is his pathetic life. The clown lives alone with his frail mother (Frances Conroy) in a rundown building in Gotham.  Watching a popular late-night show hosted by Murray Franklin (Robert de Niro) is one of Arthur’s few happy moments. He even likes to fantasize about appearing on the show. Indeed he fantasizes about many things, including a romantic encounter with his neighbour Sophie Dumont (Zazie Beetz), whom he follows on one occasion.

Arthur is taking medications, and we slowly learn about some of his conditions. At the same time, we are also introduced into the conflicted world of clowns: joy, sadness, and some mystery. In the case of Arthur, the secret about his own origins. On this, I don’t want to be a spoiler, but I can reveal that the father of Bruce Wayne –who we also see as a young boy– was far from being the nice guy that we were made to believe.  The senior Wayne is instead a cold capitalist with political aspirations to become Gotham mayor.

Eventually Arthur, now using his nickname “Joker,” makes it to Murray’s popular TV show.  However, things don’t go the way the TV producers would have expected. The film captures in a wonderful display of action and emotional shock the events that ensue (the cinematography by Lawrence Sher is one of the great assets of this movie).

JOKER
Clown Arthur, in his humble and pathetic beginnings

“Joker” is a spectacular, well-written re-creation of one of the most iconic villains of popular culture.  Phoenix delivers a solid performance in the leading role, and the oppressing atmosphere of poverty, mental disorder, and social dysfunction are brought to the audience in a very credible manner.

Warning: the film contains many violent scenes, and some people may object to some stereotypical depictions of mental illness.

By: Sergio Martinez – info@mtltimes.ca

Other articles:

Bat signal in Montreal

TIFF 2019 half a festival!

The Life and death of John F. Donovan (official trailer)

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email


Skiing regulations

Skiing regulations with no aprés ski

With winter just around the corner many Quebecers are wondering or asking how ski hills are going to handle new regulations this year. There is no question that this year ski hills will have their challenges. Skiers will have to wear face masks inside the chalet at all times and on the chair lifts, as

Gold Coast Garage Doors

Gold Coast Garage Doors: A brief tutorial on insulation and safety

A garage can serve a lot of purposes other than just a parking place. The space in the garage is perfect for storage and even as your personal workshop. But they are notoriously drafty, which makes a little harder to spend time inside them. You can solve this problem by adding insulation to the Gold

Montreal restaurants in red zones

COVID-19 – No holiday cheer for Montreal restaurants in red zones

Just last week Quebec was proposing a ”moral contract” with Quebecers that would allow them to enjoy the holidays at home with their families and friends. Premier François Legault gave the green light for up to 10 people to get together in private homes between Dec. 24 – Dec. 27. The premier was asking people to stick to

sturdy bed frame

6 crucial benefits of a sturdy bed frame

Many individuals think that bed frames are not that useful as beds just sit on the ground. Although it’s not entirely wrong, there is a list of reasons to invest in a good bed frame. Bed frames provide the bed with storage options, controls insects and molds, and delivers a massive boost of aesthetic visual

Tips to reduce your anxiety attacks

Tips to reduce your anxiety attacks at night

Picture this situation, you are finally relaxing after a long day. You are feeling tired and your body falls into a state of calmness, but then you suddenly feel more and more awake. Anxiousness overwhelms you and you feel like you can do nothing but say goodbye to your perfect night of sleep. Here are

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox