Over the years we have seen Joker being the most beloved villain of all time. While with the new, Joker released on October 4, 2019, the audience is split into two categories. Some are into the idea of exploring the new perspectives of the back story and life of joker, while some who have been into comics and old joker releases so far, see joker only as a villain and are not open to see joker’s story and feel sympathy towards him. You can decide for yourself and watch all the joker and batman movies on your Roku Stream TV before heading out to the nearest theaters to watch Joker, where you’ll get to feel empathy towards the character and might develop a soft spot for him.
The movie opens up with an impeccable performance by Joaquin Phoenix, as Arthur Flex who is not happy with his life. He is unsatisfied with how his life has been while struggling to make a living as a part-time clown while still sharing an apartment with his sick mother, played by Frances Conroy.
The city he lives in is under very hard times of economic despair were earning a decent honest living is difficult. He also suffers from a condition that makes him break into uncontrollable laughter no matter what the situation or time, which makes it very uncomfortable for people to be with him and end up considering him invisible so they don’t have to suffer the discomfort. Even after so many hardships, Arthur never stops dreaming of becoming a stand-up comedian. He tries to work on it and pen some jokes in his diary. But being caught in so much he begins to lose the aspect of reality, slowly affecting his sanity.
This movie is not your basic Joker movie from the comics you have been used to reading. Todd Philips has constructed the idea of a man who loses his sanity as he is driven to his breaking point. There is not a single aspect of the movie where mental illness is seen being glorified in any way. We are compelled to see the deeply disturbed individual who is struggling to find his way through life and is using his alter ego to find some sanity in insanity and find some purpose.
This also gives us more than a peek and wonder how Gotham City has become a metropolis city that has been lead to its downfall by the rise in crime which has become an everyday scenario of the city. The movie is a fresh slap of air on the face with its poignancy of the mayhem which has affected everyone but the rich and the corrupt masses of the city. The movie is set in the early ’80s giving us a view of the era with a very relatable yet very uncomfortable soundtrack that puts everyone in an uneasy position.
The gradual but very evident fall of Arthur Fleck into madness doesn’t seem to draw parallels to its other already present versions, while we see Joaquin Phoenix give a very dedicated and chillingly engaging performance. It’s hard to tell even for the ones watching to realize the actor’s sanity at stake as he completely gives in to this unique idea of Joker being a victim to become a villain. Even when he completely descends into Joker losing all sense of reality he becomes impressively graceful. You cannot ignore it no matter how hard it gets to watch.
I can admit this hopefully if Joaquin Phoenix takes home an Academy Award for his masterpiece of a performance, it will be well deserved. The movie is very disturbing owning up to its R rating but you can’t deny the fact that it is an absolute masterpiece that you cannot miss. This movie may end up becoming a cult favorite and the real representation of the so misunderstood life of Joker. Do watch the cult joker movies only on your favorite streaming media device Roku. Facing issue with your Roku player? Contact us!