Perfect, but disturbing.
(See 2nd paragraph for why I think it should be 18+)
Joker is a revolutionary piece of cinema. Todd Phillips has been keeping us on edge for over a year by building up this film so much. Back when the camera test was revealed. I thought this looked great, but I didn't expect this! The final product was absolutely mesmerising and I absolutely praise Todd Phillips' creative directorial techniques on presenting this film. For me, I can compare Phillips to Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol, it seems like Phillips made Joker to not only love DC again, but to present it as a social microcosm, commenting on the way the "crazy" people of this world are treat, and how a simple manipulation of said person can end in disaster. I also give praise to Phillips living up to the source material. The last 20 or so minutes are so accurate that it was crazy. I dont want to release spoilers, as I 100% believe that you need to see this film blind. I had a strange sensation when watching Joker, that I've never felt before. I was disturbed, and genuinely scared. From probably the end of the 1st act onwards I was motionless. Joaquin Phoenix's performance is absolutely magical, Oscar-worthy, I would've never felt as moved without his performance.
Right, I don't want to reveal anything, just be aware that this is a genuine masterpiece, and nothing will beat it for a loooooooong time. Also, here in the UK, it is rated 15+, but as a 16-year-old, I think this is best suited to audiences aged 18+. The vibes that the film gives off and the themes and the content was even a bit too much for me, topics like suicide, mental disorders, cold-blooded murder and a society where everyone who isn't perfect is treat like trash is a bit too much, the film goes too far. But, I think that's for the better.
I highly recommend seeing Joker but watch with caution, and in some cases, wait until it's released on DVD/Blu-ray, because the experience of seeing it in the cinema is intense.
- C x
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking