Thursday, January 16, 2020

Joker (2019)

I used to love super-hero movies, but as Marvel and DC competed and pumped out movie after movie quickly saturating the field. There were two men super-heroes running around trying to keep aliens from getting magic stones and things that would end the world as we know it.

But then Joker came out. A brilliant movie about a man taking meds and struggling with his mental health and getting no help from the underfunded social services. Arthur Fleck is a stand in for many people in today's world who have been abandoned, and left to fend for themselves.

I thought the origin story was really good, and I think it was interesting how it tied in the Joker origin story with that of Batman's. In fact, the I think the movie suggests that the Joker and Batman are half-brothers. I'm sure we'll find out about that down the road.

The movie really was a one man show as Joaquin Phoenix was on the screen for almost the entire movie. He was really good and is very deserving of a Best Actor Oscar.

Really well done. I was really surprise at how much I liked it. I'm sure it will do really well at the Oscars.