Good performances, competent directing, and great set design make this biopic enjoyable and informative. It's hard to put a finger on why this film was not more compelling but, given the electric nature of it, I didn't fully connect. Historically it's fascinating and we owe much of our modern life this period of time.
Joker is an astounding work that pays homage to its pedigree while creating its own place in film history. This Joker is one born of Scorsese and Lumet with clear reference to Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and more. Like its predecessors, Joker is a commentary on the fundamental inequities of American society. This Gotham is the most thinly veiled New York we've ever seen on screen. Make no mistake this is a…
Inventive, original and involving. At the Sydney Film Festival director Joon Ho Bong introduced the film as a ‘Family Film’ but not the kind you’d expect. It’s a dark tale of social haves and havenots. Well observed, clever, funny but disturbing. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I won’t comment on why I think it falls short of a perfect score. What I will say it’s not due to the fine acting or inventive story telling.