October 17, 2019

Joker is less of a tour de force and more of tragic caricature

By Natalie Le Clue

I am as big a champion of the villain’s story being told as you could hope to find. My academic research and vast collection of Evil Queen memorabilia can attest to this.

It stands to reason then that the first standalone film for Batman’s greatest nemesis, Joker, would be a thrilling prospect. Unfortunately, Joker was more predictable that a daytime soap and, in sum, the film bordered on the edge of being a tragic caricature instead of a tour de force that most hoped it would be.

I like Joaquin Phoenix, and think he is a great actor, and while his performance is far from terrible there is also no shade or real complexity to his iteration of the character.  Click here to read more

 

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