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REVIEW: ‘Joker’ Is An Outstanding Movie, Joaquin Phoenix Shines As The Legendary Villain

Joker (Credit: Screenshot/YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRc3WviXk2M)

David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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I finally got a chance to watch “Joker” with Joaquin Phoenix, and it was excellent.

I was embarrassingly slow to watch the film about the iconic Batman villain, but I got a chance to bang it out Sunday. (RELATED: The Trailer For ‘Westworld‘ Season 3 Has Been Released. It’s Absolutely Insane)

It didn’t disappoint at all. The hype was through the roof. Everybody I knew who had seen it only praised it nonstop.

Joker” was universally loved by the fans, it’s getting major award buzz and I knew I finally had to sit down and watch it.

 

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Folks, it didn’t disappoint at all. I was locked in from the moment it started through the start of the credits. It wasn’t just a good performance from Phoenix.

It was arguably the best of his career. While there wasn’t much of an attempt to humanize Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight,” there is a huge attempt to humanize him here.

 

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We learn the backstory of Arthur Fleck, how awful his childhood was, his connection to the Wayne family and much more.

He’s not just a murderous killer. The whole picture is painted for the audience. I won’t spoil anything, but the movie does a great job tying the Joker into the original Batman storylines about his parents and Gotham.

 

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For those of you who have already seen it, sound off in the comments with what you thought about the movie. For those of you who haven’t, I suggest you watch it ASAP.