‘Joker’, is the very definition of a ride on the wild side. Starring Joaquin Phoenix

Todd Phillips‘ and Scott Silver‘s take on one of television and the silver screen’s most debilitating antagonists, ‘Joker’, is the very definition of a ride on the wild side. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck / Joker, the film is a not-so-subtle take on the intricately disturbing beginnings that shaped the sadistic existence and actions of Gotham City’s crime syndicate creme.

I was priviliged to watch an advance screening of ‘Joker’ at the ANGA IMAX cinema, thanks to film distributors, Crimson Multimedia.

The year is 1981, and Arthur is an impoverished middle-aged man living with, and taking care of his mother. While his job as as an ‘invisble’ clown parading the streets of Gotham often sucks, primarily because of the mistreatment he experiences at the hands of the citizens of the fast paced metropolis, he genuinely deduces pleasure from making other people laugh.

As fate would have it, his life begins, more accurately would be continues, to fall apart in a rather rapid series of unfortunate events, and he finally snaps. With all restraint perfunctorily dissipated, it’s astonishing to see the rise to fame of Arthur, from someone who does not matter, to one of the most important people in a city that’s grappling with its fledgling identity of industry, crime and disatisfaction.

In the midst of the chaos, there are instances of hope and redemption however, as the Joker finds someone who can tolerate his quirkiness, perhaps to tame his insatiable needs. It was rather quirky to me to see Sophie Dumond (played by Zazzie Beetz) as Arthur’s love interest, purely because I’ve been conditioned to match Joker to Harley Quinn, who by the way will feature in her own origin story ‘Birds of Prey’, early next year.



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