Movie Review – Joker (HBO)

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Movie Blurb:

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

My Review:

Characters

fourstars

Arthur Fleck is an intriguing, troubled character whose internal struggles kept my eyes glued to the screen.

Plot

fourstars

A simple but effective plot that was entertaining and heart-wrenching.

Flow

fourstars

Very well done. Flow wasn’t completely linear, but the extra bits we got worked.

Overall Impression

Alright, I’ll admit I’m a bit late getting around to watching this.

I watched the trailer back in 2019 and decided it felt a bit to whimsical for me, so I passed it up. But when I saw this on my HBO feed, I simply had to check it out. Man am I glad I did!

Joker is essentially an origin story of Arthur Fleck and how he became Joker in the DC Universe. Arthur was an interesting character who suffers from a mental illness of sorts. Gotham City is a terrible, corrupt location with no place for the smiles and laughs that Arthur is trying to give in his dayjob as a clown.

The plot was simple. We’re basically along for the ride as we view his sad struggle with life in general.┬áBeaten, battered, and bruised on a nearly constant basis, it’s no surprise that Arthur’s suppression of all this negativity finally erupts and he begins to explore the darkness within him.

The entertainment value was pretty high throughout, and although the beginning started off a tad slow for my taste, by the end I understood why and could appreciate the movie more fully because of the buildup.

Overall, this movie was pretty solid and I definitely recommend for any DC fans out there. Happy watching!

Final Score

7.5/10

Wrap-up

That’s it for this movie review. How about you? Have you seen this one?

Did you enjoy it? Love it, hate it? Feel free to comment, and have a great day!

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4 Comments »

    • Yeah, it was pretty solid. I think he did a good job. He had this emaciated creepy thing going on that kinda freaked me out in certain scenes.

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