Director: Todd Phillips

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

A dark, terrifying, brilliant, deeply disturbing and unforgettable movie with gorgeous visuals. The cinematography is bold and the performance from Joaquin Phoenix is truly captivating as Joker. I feel like Joaquin should get an Oscar nomination out of this, if not the win. The psychological journey of Arthur Fleck is interesting -especially for Criminology students- as Fleck’s descent into madness and self-discovery as a villain is aggressive in its unpleasantness.

The “Hangover” director Todd Phillips won the challenge of making “Joker” and it works not only because it’s completely different to the average comic book movie, but also because it’s an impeccably acted and directed drama.

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