2hr 9min | Action, Adventure, Sci-fi | 2 November 2018 (UK)
Storyline : In JOKER, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) lives with his ailing mother (Frances Conroy) and works as a party clown in early 1980s Gotham City. He struggles with a mental illness that causes him to burst into sinister laughter at strange times. After he’s attacked on the job and a co-worker gives him a gun, Arthur is fired. Later, he shoots and kills three wealthy jerks on a subway train and gets away. Then the city’s social services programs are slashed, cutting off Arthur’s weekly meetings and his supply of meds. He invites his neighbor, single mom Sophie (Zazie Beetz), to see his nightclub comedy act. The act is videotaped, and TV comedy show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) airs it, to unexpected response. Arthur is invited to be on Murray’s show, but perhaps he’s been pushed too far?
ed by Phoenix’s ferocious, feral performance, this especially dark, gritty comic book movie is a character drama that’s drawn more toward real-world troubles than to capes and crusading. With Joker, director Todd Phillips sets aside his penchant for juvenile comedies like The Hangover and channels early Martin Scorsese, especially Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. The film rages at the human condition and the darkness that might break a person and turn that person into a monster. Specifically, Phillips points fingers at the wealthy and powerful, who claim to want to help but make it impossible for the downtrodden to pick themselves up.