If you don’t enjoy Todd Phillips’ Joker, it’s probably best to save this admission for conversations held in person – state your position on the internet and the film’s advocates will come out in their thousands. The war against the disgust for Joker is a vehement, violent one.
It’s an immense, affecting film, teeming with aesthetic vision that capitalises on high and horrific stakes to deliver a scarring piece of mass entertainment. Phillips reclaims the comic-book character and drops nearly every trace of the superhero shtick that makes so many film nuts wince. There are no capes, no Spandex, no wholesome Good vs Evil fight for justice.
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