Joker First Reviews: Joaquin Phoenix Hailed As ‘One Of The Greatest, Darkest Villains’

Last Updated: 27th August, 2022

Joker First Reviews: Contrary to popular belief, the modern era is not the best for comic book films. In the past films, based on comic book characters, could be made with deviations and innovations which would be welcomed by the public. Today fans are more adamant about accuracy and staying true to the source material. This phenomenon has made innovation difficult for filmmakers. Nevertheless, Todd Phillips seems to have come out on top with his latest film Joker (featuring Joaquin Phoenix).

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, was screened at the Venice Film Festival where it received a lot of praise for its storyline as well as performances. The film has been anticipated ever since its first trailer was released but going by the reactions it seems that the film goes beyond expectations. Some reviews stated that Phoneix’s performance had ushered in a new era for the character.


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The Joker’s personality was first defined on the big screen by Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson. Staying true to his roots, the character went a massive change with Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of the character in Chistopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight. Now it seems that Joaquin Phoenix has created a new benchmark with his portrayal.


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The interesting thing about his character is that it goes with a different origin story than the comics or the previous Joker portrayals. The character’s origin story has always been that he fell into a vat of acid during a robbery which resulted in his face, hair and lips getting discolored as well as the person going ridiculous.

Phoenix, on the other hand, has a completely new iteration of the character going into depression living in a negative society driving him reckless. Following this, he puts to make up to look like a clown. It seems that the execution of the concept has impressed audiences. They also claimed that Phoenix’s Joker is possibly “one of DC’s most frightening villains on the big screen.


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Setting his portrayal apart from the previous ones is something Phoenix had kept in mind when he first started working on the film. Talking about this at a press conference, he stated, “The attraction to make this film was that we were going to approach it in our own way. I didn’t want to be able to define a psychiatrist with his sort of personality.


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Referring to Ledger’s Joker, director Todd Phillips talked about how different Phoenix’s version is, saying, “He does not want the world to burn. His business is to make people laugh and bring joy to the world, and all along the fact that he made some stupid decisions.” He added that one of the film’s major focus was to show the lack of empathy that is being noticed throughout the world.

It seems Phoenix and Todd Phillips with the rest of their crew have delivered a story and performance that is unforgettable. The film will be releasing on 4th October.

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