The Joker movie review
We had to wait till all the fuss was over to talk seriously about one of the most important artistic events: Joker.
Apart from the storyline that we adored but many others didn’t, the movie is a treat for the eye and the ear. The movie’s director Todd Philips is known for his famous Hangover series. He’s a delight and he could successfully manifest his type of comedy in all the aspects of the movies. In Joker, he did quite the opposite. He managed to manifest the tragedy of Arthur’s life in all the aspects of the movie. His choice of the title, his choice of the camera angles, and his choice of the music all narrated the story with him.
Of course, his most important choice, Joaquin Phoenix. He’s spectacular! The way he managed to express the character was phenomenal. In many interviews, he said that the idea for the bathroom scene to be expressed this way was his, which only proves how brilliant of an actor he is. That bathroom scene was phenomenal. It was the master scene in our point of view. It was the moment when Arthur admitted to himself that he really liked killing those guys. It freed him in a sense and made him feel justified. Since music was a part of Arthur that he failed to express, it became the Joker’s signature. That dance was the metamorphosis, he shed Arthur away and enjoyed the power the Joker enabled him to.
The music depicts it very well. Hildur Gudnadottir expressed his mental state perfectly with her chords. The beginning part of the scene where he was trying to collect himself, the state of confusion was reflected by the chello, the chords were confused, unclear, no complete tone, and then later as he progressed, the tones became clearer, and that ominous melody played so we knew exactly which one he chose to be. He chose to be the joker that empowers him instead of being the clown that tormented him. Hildur made one hell of a great job. She played the soundtrack before the movie got filmed, which is hundred times harder than watching the production then playing the music.
We reach the final moment of truth, was it real? Or was it just one bad joke of the Joker’s? I’m sorry to tell you that the odds are that it wasn’t real. Many things are scattered around in the movie that proves that the story was in flashback. Like that scene when he was sitting with his therapist and asking for more medications, he was telling her that he was more comfortable in the asylum and the world got crazier. And that mind-blowing clock theory that’s on youtube. That the clock is fixated on one time throughout the scenes where there is a clock. Also, Todd Philips’ statement that the last Joker laugh was a real laugh not caused by his illness. Which might imply that he’s lying to all of us. Plus, the history of the joker’s character is built on multiple choice, he believes in choosing your own past because it doesn’t really affect your present that much.
So, my friends, we might have been subjected to one cruel heartless sick joke.
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