MOVIE REVIEW | “Joker”

JOKER_VERT_MAIN_DOM_2764x4096_master012Joker’ Dances Close to the Edge

0123See if you find this storyline alarming. Disaffected loner descends slowly into madness, ending in bloodbath. Sound familiar?

What keeps this comic book villain from straying too close to depressing headlines is a stellar performance by Joaquin Phoenix, who achieves almost Robin Williams crazy as the gritty clown, Joker.

The cast also includes pros like Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz. Tom Phillips directs and co-wrote the script. Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comic, who lives with his invalid mother.

Working as a party clown in Gotham City, Fleck suffers from mental illness and the ridicule and abuse a merciless society heaps on him. Bullies find Fleck an easy target. A co-worker attacks Fleck, but Fleck is… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

 

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