Joker Movie Review - An Essential Comic Book Movie

Joaquin Phoenix delivers an iconic performance in Joker, which releases on October 4th, 2019. Mike Rougeau gives his review on the new DC film, which is a dark origin story about the classic Batman villain.

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ChrisAnetkaC

Beautiful. As if there aren't enough mental cases around we now need apologetic movies about them. Shows you exactly where Hollywood is.

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ByeBye2

Joaquin Phoenix is a great actor (like Gladiator 2000), but it will be interesting to see if The Joker role is made for him.

I always thought Richard Brake (as Doom-Head) from Rob Zombie's movie 31 (2016) would have been the best actor for The Joker!

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PSXp-ONE

Guess what aash0735!!!! It's his fkn movie!!! And I'm happy with that!! Joker could be Bruce Wayne's resentful brother for all I care!!! It would still be amazing!!!

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cashx002

Can't wait to see this one. Will enjoy I hope.

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krazeekhujo05

Joker The of The king of Comedy is not an essential comic book movie it's an unoriginal remake with no original thought put into it, just copies someone else's work instead of just referring to the comics where the character comes from.

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richdorato

@krazeekhujo05: Have you seen the movie?

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jerusaelem

@krazeekhujo05: Don't disagree about the King of Comedy connection, but wouldn't following a comic book ALSO be unoriginal?

Also, retelling stories from generation to generation is how our entire culture as we know it came to be. It's not the inherently bad thing that most people make it out to be. How many people under the age of 35 are even going to REMEMBER the King of Comedy, let alone watch it? Apply a fresh coat of grease paint and blood, however, and you're putting asses in seats again. Great stories deserve to be retold and refined. Not a damn thing wrong with that.

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krazeekhujo05

@jerusaelem: Going to the comics is what the director should've done it's just like Peter Jackson used the Lord of the Rings book to do a " Lord of the Rings movie" he didn't refer to someone else's fantasy movie that had nothing to do with Lord of the Rings, people would've been upset if Peter did that, but it's ok for a comic book movie?

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CHUCKLENUGGETS

@krazeekhujo05: Aren't all of the comics about the Joker since the very first one just "copies" or unoriginal by your thinking then? There are so many iterations of the Joker in the comics already... What's wrong with another interpretation of the character? I like the inspiration the movie is pulling in, especially since it's inspired by classic films in the medium like Taxi Driver. But it still has influence from the likes of the Killing Joke, a classic comic. We haven't seen the Joker like this before, it's a great direction for the character. Grounded and gritty.

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HarlemVIP

@chucklenuggets:

This DEFINITELY has "The Killing Joke" written all over it. I hate when these directors try to use misdirection and lies. I can see from this video that there are some things that were never in The Killing Joke...like him having ANYTHING to do with a BLACK girlfriend. But being down on his luck trying to make it as a comedian, trying to take care of a loved one (it was his pregnant wife in The Killing Joke...his mother in this movie), catching all types of hell in one long a-- bad day, and basically losing his collective sh*t after being pushed too far. It's all there. But if they want to give something different, fine. Just stop LYING about your damned influences....because then you end up as one of those piece of s--- Russo brothers.

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CHUCKLENUGGETS

@HarlemVIP: Pretty sure Todd Phillips has been upfront about the movie's influences. it's not straight from the comics but an adaption to some degree. He's putting his spin on it, let's see if it's any good.

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HarlemVIP

@chucklenuggets:

The influence is undeniable. I'm not complaining...just pointing out the obvious and agreeing with everybody who knows about that story.