I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Joker getting an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival debut is just people showing off, seeing who can clap for longest because they “understand film” better.
Nonetheless the current news is that Joker is currently the highest-rated comic book movie of all time and though it probably shouldn’t be called a comic book movie – I’ll get into that later – it must be at least quite good.
Joker is, for now, rated 9.7 on IMDb which, according to maths, is better than The Dark Knight (9.0), Endgame (8.5) and Infinity War (8.4).
Meanwhile on Rotten Tomatoes – with its rating system that I will never understand – it’s riding high with 89% whatever that means.
Critics have also backed Phoenix for the Best Actor Academy Award for his amazing performance.
With all of that reviews on Twitter going insane, saying how this film is lItErAlLy ChAnGiNg CiNeMa FoReVeR, Ben Mekler tweeted some hilarious parody reviews…
Speaking of the process of making the film, writer and director Todd Phillips explained at a panel after the viewing:
“We [Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz] thought this could be an exciting approach to this genre. I’m not sure what it means for DC or Marvel … It was a hard movie for us to get made, to convince DC and the studio at first, but we thought we would keep pushing because we thought it would be special.”
Meanwhile, Phoenix shared how he studied people with Pseudobulbar affect, otherwise known as emotional incontinence or laughing syndrome. This is a psychological disorder that sometimes occurs after brain injury, characterised by uncontrollable laughter or crying.
While laughing is typically jovial, the laughs of people with this particular syndrome have been described as pained, with them seeming to take a physical toll on sufferers.
Writer and director Todd Phillips has revealed that as well as several noir films, he took inspiration from the Batman run The Killing Joke, where a down-on-his-luck comedian get’s coerced into joining a life of crime by a mixture of mental illness, mobsters and tragedy.
Said comedian then falls into a vat of chemicals after being pursued by Batman, turning him into the clown prince of crime.
But why isn’t this a comic book movie, Alfie?
This Joker isn’t a comic book character. He’s just some depressed, skinny guy who couldn’t deal with society and became Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver but with makeup.
The comics have done it a few times but you really can’t have a Joker origin without Batman – or at least a Joker story without a grown Bruce Wayne – and still consider it a comic book film.
Still, it looks good, I just find it hard to believe that it’s reinvented the genre if Logan already exists…
Images via Warner Bros.
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down. You can contact Alfie at [email protected]Follow