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JOKER Review – The Comic Book Genre’s First Piece of High Art

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is now and theaters, and while there may be some controversies surrounding its content, I can assure you it’s high art cinema well worth experiencing. In fact, to me, it’s one of the greatest films ever made in any genre, let alone its loose ties to the comic book genre its naturally forced into.

You can check out my full review below in video or scripted formats.

“Hey now fans of the Clown Prince, Matt Heywood here to review Joker, or what I like to call, perfection. 

Joker is hands down one of the most high art films I’ve ever seen, and while it is set in a comic book universe, it is unlike any comic book movie you’ve ever experienced. I hate to even lump it in with the much less serious comic book films that have come before it, because to me, it offers a level of cinema as art that is rarely achieved in any genre of filmmaking. 

One could argue its tone is similar to Nolan’s Batman trilogy, as it is a grittier take on a DC character, but even that comparison discounts the pure art in motion being featured in Joker. It truly is unique, and much more of a tense drama, than a comic book movie origin story. 

Although, it pays off handsomely on Joker’s origin, the best I’ve ever seen for a comic book character, so if you’re just in it to see how this version of the Joker came to be, you still will not be disappointed. 

I credit this to all aspects of the film, because they all work together to produce a magical movie watching experience. The cinematography is excellent at painting the disturbed world of Arthur Fleck and those around him, while the score accentuates his struggles with his sanity, and his foray into madness. 

The true gem of this motion picture though is Joaquin Phoenix, because his rendition of the Joker is by far the most impressive acting performance I’ve ever seen from any actor in any genre. Yes, this dude is absolutely brilliant from top to bottom. His physical performance may be the best aspect of his portrayal, because the faces he makes, and the body movements he executes all reinforce the belief that he’s playing a man on the verge of a mental breakdown thanks to a life of abuse, neglect, and betrayals. 

You know his performance is stellar when you feel emotions for a man that you know will become an extreme terrorist and Batman’s most dangerous foe, but it’s hard not to sympathize with Arthur’s plight thanks to Phoenix’s masterful portrayal, and the complimenting pieces of the narrative that show the perils of mental illness gone unchecked. 

If Joker doesn’t win every award it’s up for, the fix is in, because it is easily one of the best all around films I’ve ever seen in any genre. Sure it’s set in a comic book world, and while there are fantastic nods to the Batman universe, it doesn’t go out of its way to remind you that you’re watching a comic book origin story. It feelings nothing like one, which is why it is such a special piece of art to consume. 

Joker is hands down a 10 out of 10 type of movie, and a must watch for any lover of cinema. Comic book setting or not, this is high art that needs to be experienced. 

Thanks for watching and please do subscribe and like this video! I’m Matt Heywood signing off for Entertainment Buddha, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”

Review Summary

Story - 10
Cinematography - 10
Sound - 10
Acting - 10
Entertainment Value - 10

10

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Joker is without a doubt cinematic art in motion, and Phoenix's turn as the Joker makes a case for him being the greatest actor of all-time.

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.