They say that when you are young, you idolize your heroes. But as you grow, you understand the villain. Joker, a Gotham city psychopath and the arch-nemesis of Batman, is one such character.
This performance draws inspiration from Heath Ledger’s masterful performance as Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. History is proof of the fact that both of those were Oscar-worthy performances!
The current social scenario makes Joker a very relatable character. That’s why people went crazy during their release. It also gave us insight into the back story of one of the most beloved villains of all time. It is indeed very tough to settle for less, once you have been given the best! So fans are eager for more!
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The story revolves around Arthur Fleck, who is a failed stand-up comedian. He lives in the downtrodden city of Gotham. Arthur has a grave disorder, which makes him laugh at the most serious of times. The disorder worsens when he is highly stressed.
He faces a lot of injustice from the rich people of Gotham. They pull out their funding from the local bodies, which prevents him from getting his treatment. His poor old mother is frail and ill, and he doesn’t have the money to look after her. He is mistreated by his colleagues and gets wrongly framed for a mistake he didn’t do. All this leads to his slow descent to madness and sociopathic tendencies. In the end, he becomes a symbol of communal rebellion against Gotham’s rich.
The following may contain spoilers for the movie if you haven’t watched it yet.
In the story, Zazie Beetz’s Sophie Dumond poses to be Arthur’s girlfriend. But we find out later that the relationship is nothing but a mere figment of Arthur’s imagination. He ends up killing her.
Robert De Niro’s Murray Franklin portrays a talk show host in the movie. He makes fun of Arthur’s condition and degrades him on the show. Later, when Arthur transitions into the Joker, he is invited back on Murray’s show, where Arthur shoots him in the head.
He also kills his mother when he finds out that she has been lying to him. So it is clear that we won’t be seeing these characters in the sequel!
No official announcement has been released regarding the cast list for the upcoming part.
The idea for the movie was conceived in 2016, and the script was written throughout the year 2017. The premise of the movie was inspired by the graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. Principal photography of the movie took place in New York, New Jersey, and Newark. The famous ‘Joker’ stairs have now become a tourist destination!
The film released on October 4th, 2019, in the US. It received an R rating due to its violent and disturbing content. No announcement has been made regarding the release of the sequel. If the production is underway, then we can expect the second part somewhere around October 2021.
It made 1 billion dollars worldwide and is the highest-grossing R-rated movie in the world. It received 11 Oscar nominations, including ‘Best Picture’ and won for ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Soundtrack.’
Joker is one of the most brilliant masterpieces which has ever been shot. It shows that pain can be very dangerous if not handled properly. Arthur is a man in pain, and nobody understands him. He doesn’t understand himself. The raw intensity of the performance makes you feel pity and sympathy for the man, and you see beyond the blood and death that he spreads.
It is definitely worth a watch, of course, mature audiences only! Go watch it now!