Joker - The GBY

While we were at TIFF this year, they opened an extra screening to Joker.  We thought about getting tickets but we had a reservation at Le Select.  We definitely made the right choice; Le Select was a memorable meal.   We finally saw Joker when it opened in Dallas.   I thought it was  a sad yet accurate portrayal of mental illness and how people can fall through the cracks.  Arthur Fleck and his mother Penny are two damaged individuals caring for each as best they can.  Arthur also suffers from pseudobulbar affect (PBA) which exacerbates his isolation.  The downward spiral occurs with a combination of vicious attacks and his medication being cut off.   Gotham is a mean, dirty, miserable city that is in desperate need of a change.  It does show how a single incident can be given undo meaning and end up causing chaos.  It also demonstrates how  dangerous the mob mentality can be, even if it is a mob of only 3.This is not an uplifting film but Joaquin Phoenix (Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot) did an amazing job with his interpretation of the Joker.

Our Rating for “Joker”

3.5 Cupcakes - The GBY

Official Trailer for “Joker”

Official Synopsis for “Joker”

Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

“Joker” Q & A TIFF 2019


Principal Cast Joaquin Phoenix,  Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz (Lucy in the Sky), Frances Conroy
Director Todd Phillips
Screenwriter Todd Philips, Scott Silver
Cinematographer Laurence Sher
Editor Jeff Groth
 Production Companies DC Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, Bron Creative, Joint Effort
Run Time 122 minutes
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Premier Venice Film Festival 2019

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