Joker (2019) Review - Spoiler Free


I'm not going to delay my judgment at all. Joker is one of the greatest movies of the last decade. It is a phenomenal masterpiece of story-telling which raises awareness of mental health issues and the impact they can have on an individual.

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film with concerns that it could lead to the glorification of mental health issues as well as people supporting a fully-fledged villain but those concerns come from people who have obviously made those judgments before seeing the film their selves. Anyone who did see the film would know that this film in no way glamorises the issue of mental health. Instead, it shines a light on how life-destroying these illnesses can be in a dark but thought-provoking manner. 


Joaquin Phoenix is a brave man for daring to take on the role of one of cinema's most famous and hard-to-portray villains. After the poor reception of Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad it is a wonder why any respectable actor would risk the plunge into the DC fandom. I'm beyond glad than Phoenix took that risk because his performance was well and truly ground-breaking and game-changing. The 'Her' actor portrayed the Joker's descent into madness as a dark but powerful tragedy that could have been avoided at multiple points. It references modern-day problems such as lack of funding into mental health provisions as well as the lack of awareness of mental illness.

The film also saw American Horror Story's Frances Conroy portraying would-be Joker's mother Penny Fleck in another decent performance and a caring and loving mother of a tragic son. Conroy brings out an essence of humanity in Arthur Fleck amongst a range of evil and depraved acts. It reminds us that Arthur Fleck is a human after all. It reminds us that Joker has a mother of his own who cares about him, despite his flaws.

Why don't people like the film?

Rotten Tomatoes has scored this film 68% which does the film an injustice. I believe the reason for this is, in addition to the previous quarrels about the promotion of insanity, due to viewers expecting a comic book movie. You see the title of 'Joker' and think of a run-of-the-mill dark DC comic book origin story but Joker (2019) is far from it. The feature bears little resemblance to any kind of comic book movie we've come to expect. It's dark, yes, but that's about where the similarities come to an end.

Joker is a new take of comic-book movies as well as game-changing in the blockbuster world of R-rated films. You should spend your time and money giving this film a watch. You won't regret it.


What did you think about the film?

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  1. I'm not usually a big fan of comic book movies but I've heard so many amazing things about this one that I think I might give it a shot x


    1. Make sure to come back and let me know your thoughts, interested to see what a non-comic book fan would think.