Your boy Jay Dubb here for another Bad Boy Nerd movie review! This week I checked out the new JOKER joint! How does this version compare to previous versions of the Joker in Batman movies? Read my review below!
-30 SECOND REVIEW! –
The Joker is one of the best comic book characters EVER, but at this point it seems everyone tryn to out-‘Dark’ Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight. Here, “darker” doesn’t equal better. If you want to watch Joaquin Phoenix disintegrate into madness and slap the ‘joker’ label on it, this movie is for you. Phoenix gives a great sympathetic performance, but ZERO people asked for this – and yet it was made lol 😂 . It borrows from better films. It’s more violent than it needs to be. It seeks to justify disillusioned anarchy. This is Trump-Era Joker.
Let’s get one thing straight: I LOVE The Joker. The character. He is one of my favorite comic book characters of all time (along with Batman, Wolverine, Emma Frost, and Rorschach from Watchmen). Ever since the Joker debuted waaaaaaay back in Batman #1 (1940) he is consistently ranked as a Top Three Villain as well as all-time comic book characters.
That being said, this movie f#cks it all up, smh…🤦🏽♂️
Let’s break this down tho, so I don’t come across as a complete Hater.
The reason we love/hate the Joker is because he is the PERFECT VILLAIN. He is the exact opposite of Batman. Bats is cold, calculating, methodical, demands order, seeks justice…he’s one of the World’s Greatest Detectives.
THE JOKER, on the other hand, exists without any rhyme or reason. Since his debut 80 years ago NO ONE – not even the great Batman – knows where TF this guy comes from. His back story is STILL a mystery to this day. The Joker….just IS.
He is an abstract, an idea. He is the living embodiment of Chaos and Mayhem. In fact, His greatest strength is his unpredictability. He operates WITHOUT an M.O. –making him as effective in his whimsy as Batman and his legendary Prep Time. And that’s the scariest part about the Clown Prince of Crime. On any given day he exists between Mirth and Mayhem, or Murder and Macabre. THAT is what makes him Batman’s long-standing, most formidable foe…
All that being said [deep breath] – THIS MOFO here is wack 😂 😂 😂
I’m sorry lol , but i was NOT feeling this shit. 😑 Arthur Fleck? REALLY?
My main problem with this movie was we’ve SEEN ALL OF THIS BEFORE.
This whole ‘displaced white male alienation becoming a messianic figure in a changing world’ has been done! 🙄 IN fact this was done recently in AMC’s American Horror Story series ‘Cult’ . That was some dope shit!
Here, we have similar themes, just cut-and-pasted into the DC Universe.
By trying to rationalize and humanize Joker, it strips away the mystique and mythology of what he represents. Before, he was this unknown creation of chaos (except for the 1989 version). Now, he’s just another among the army of ‘Angry White Males’ in a society that doesn’t love him. Travis Bickle. Tyler Durden. Derek Vinyard. the Trenchcoat Mafia. Boo-fuckin-hoo. 🙄😥
Now we have a mental case named ‘Arthur Fleck’, who slapped on grease paint and stopped taking his meds. You don’t cheer for him. You aren’t afraid of him. You just wanna slap the shit outta him.
The Joker we’ve grown up with is a badazz, a force nature.
Arthur Fleck is a Loser.
Arthur suffers from social-political frustration and confusion.
So did Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver.
Arthur chased after a delusional supposed romance.
So did Travis Bickle. So did Tyler Durden.
Arthur eventually finds himself a champion in the middle of a class war.
(Ironically, this was done in Dark Knight Rises with Bane).
There’s not much to look at here for nearly 2 hours, other than a skinny af Joaquin cry-laughing uncontrollably. Most of the time he is brooding. At times he is dancing and prancing around, or doing some weird Tai Chi shit…or just outright gallivanting about in his own world. (I RARELY get to use the word ‘gallivanting‘. deal with it)
The big ‘payoff’ comes when the movie is nearly over. When Arthur emerges among his throng of followers as The Joker, full tilt ‘fuck the world don’t ask me for SHIT!’-mode. Of course, there’s FIRE and shit. that’s when the movie gets interesting.
Annnnnd that’s when the movie ends.
The part WE ALL care about is what we DON’T see. Its like… watching a documentary of a larva emerging from the cocoon, but the credits roll just before we see the beautiful butterfly take flight. (Da FUQ!)
My BIGGEST takeaway from this was, AGAIN…we’ve already seen this movie.
We’ve seen a sane man descend into madness and it was done better. We saw Michael Douglas in ‘Falling Down’ , where a normal guy has the absolute worst day of his life and reacts accordingly (and hilariously).
Or better yet, we’ve seen the VASTLY superior ‘Fight Club’ with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. Simply one of the greatest movies ever made! (With one of the greatest movie endings)🙌🏽
‘Joker’ ends with THE most meta-inside joke of all inside jokes. **Non-Spoiler** but what we’ve know the past 80 years is flipped around. Overall the joke is on Us, the viewers.
End of the day, in a society rife with disillusioned, disenfranchised, highly medicated loner nuts, this ‘Joker’ comes across as just another psycho asshole.
This ‘Joker’ movie was unnecessary and pointless. If you never see it, GOOD.👎🏽
(out of 5 clown masks)
***BONUS SHIT BELOW!***
The debate will continue about which Joker is best!
old school Cesar Romero Joker.
Jack Nicholson’s Joker
Heath Ledger’s Joker
not sure who liked Jared Leto’s version
Maybe some people like this new Joaquin Phoenix Joker?
The correct answer is every version of Mark Hamill’s Joker! 😀 😀 😀
Whether Batman the Animated Series or the Arkham games, His version of the gleeful Maniac is hands-down the best interpretation of Joker based on the 80-year history of the character!
Actually I take that back. One of the greatest interpretations of Batman and Joker I’ve ever seen was Batman: Dead End
A YouTube fan made Batman movie versus Predator versus aliens. it Rivals Hollywood production and it’s a shame we never got to see this version of both characters. But anyways…
– Jay Dubb