|Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker look was devised by makeup artist Niki Lendermann.|
I saw Joker twice in its first weekend, not expecting a masterpiece, but I came away from the first viewing both extremely disturbed and incredibly impressed. Phillips has managed to create a film that is not only bold, beautiful and devastating, but also wondrous food for thought. The film is a psychoanalysis of Arthur Fleck, and we get to see inside his head in what feels like a series of vignettes that build up to his eventual transformation into the psychotic Joker. The character is, in itself, reimagined, with Phoenix leading with a ferociously committed performance that blew me away so much I would have been thoroughly perplexed if he didn’t walk away with the Oscar for Best Actor.
|Joker was chock-full of shocking moments, all pulled off masterfully.|
Director: Todd Phillips
Rated: R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images