An American masterpiece.
“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expecting you to behave as if you don’t.”
”My whole life I never knew if I even existed.”
”They don’t give a shit about people like you Arthur. And they don’t give a shit about people like me.”
Joker is good in the sense that while it’s hamhanded and obvious, for some people who have never seen a “serious movie” this might be the first time they’ve ever heard a movie…
Rian Johnson commits the ultimate act of reverence to Lucas’s films with this seeming subversion; he ensures that no one can ever repeat or add to the Skywalker legacy, but everyone can tell their own story “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away.” The Last Star Wars film.
Carpenter's film is such a wonderful science fiction horror, building the suspense to a perfect ending. The setting is sublime in its isolation. The creature effects remain deeply disturbing and uncanny. I can't think of another film that captures Lovecraftian horror as well. A truly great film that stands up to repeat viewings.