Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy
Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Studio: Warner Bros.
Awards: Two Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama; Best Original Score; Screen Screen Actors Guild Best Actor
Nominations: Eleven Oscars (including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay, Music); Eleven BAFTA Awards
Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events.
Featuring a riveting, fully realized, and Oscar-worthy performance by Joaquin Phoenix…. You will likely leave Joker feeling like I did: unsettled and ready to debate the film for years to come.
Repellently violent, intimately epic and powered by a performance so absorbed, hurt, confused and just “out there” that it makes everything that’s come before it in the genre just a vamp in tights…There’s an Oscar in this.