Review: Joker (2019)

Why so serious? It would seem there are a few reasons.

Back when it was announced that The Hangover’s Todd Phillips would helm a standalone DC comic book origin story for the clown prince of crime The Joker, people were immediately annoyed. Even when Joaquin Phoenix was cast in the title role there seemed to be a queue forming for people ready to dislike a film that – so they thought – came with a needless story. And then the hype train started to roll. A rapturous performance at the Venice Film Festival, oscar buzz and initial rave reviews soon was turned into a ridiculously over-publicised and jittery heated online debate ahead of release about incel violence and school shootings, leading to a picture that has divided and then some. Like the debate surrounding video games like Grand Theft Auto, the now thought of as ridiculous perception that Heavy Metal equates
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