Let me start off by saying that Heath Ledger is no more! God rest his soul.
Now, coming to the upcoming brave film by Warner Bros, Joker. I have been a fan of this character before watching any Batman film. I love him and adore every evil he has ever done. Yesterday, the final trailer for Todd Phillips’ Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, was released. I have a lot of shit to say about it. Firstly, I want to say that in a budget of $55 million, I couldn’t be more happy with the setting of the film. Todd Phillips may not be your typical superhero movie director, but he has done a fantastic job. I am loving this because this one is going to be an ORIGIN MOVIE.
Joaquin Phoenix, boy, you done did it again, at least in the trailer, and I expect the same in the film. When it was announced that he is going to play Joker, I couldn’t have been more excited. I was able to imagine him putting on the shoes of Joker. A genius actor, a legendary career, and Joker will add another feather to his cap, that’s for sure. First and foremost, I applaud him for taking up such a challenging role – knowing people will compare. It takes fucking guts to do this. Joker is not your ordinary character, he is an icon, who is a villain. That’s how people feel about him. So stakes are high and will be forever.
Coming to Joaquin’s portrayal, the man lost around 23Kgs for this role, and still has no answer why. This shows that he was committed to taking the character on another level. Even when I saw the trailer for the first time, I was like ‘wow.’ My eyes were always on Joaquin and what he was doing with the character. And being an avid movie lover, I can say that Joker is heading to be another noteworthy performance that we will witness.
“All I have is negative thoughts” – Joker. Well, the way he uttered this, the pain, the suffering, the insanity, I felt everything. Joker is a maniac, and Joaquin will make sure that it remains the same way. I have seen people who will say that don’t judge me, but they fuck around and judge everyone. So it will not be an easy task for Joaquin’s Joker to get the love from people equally, but it will not be a disappointing ride.
If you are unaware, Joker will be set in 1981, and follow the story of comedian Arthur Fleck. When you read something like this, it sounds boring because most of us want to see Joker straight from the go. Though I suggest you not to make this mindset for this film, otherwise you are going to hate it. Just remember – the process of becoming Joker is as fascinating as witnessing him create chaos. This is something that is making me proud of the first trailer.
I don’t want to say anything else or talk about the trailer, it is not a trailer breakdown. To end, I have a statement that Joaquin gave when compared to the previous versions, and it is something that won my hearts. He said:
All I can do is approach the character the way I do and that’s it. I just tried to do something that we felt was honest and unique. However you guys want to talk about it, knock yourself out.Joaquin on Joker comparisons.
Joker hits the theatres 4th October. Don’t watch it and compare. Enjoy it, feel it!