Favorite movie of the year according to IMDb? Arthur pursues a relationship with his neighbor, single mother Sophie Dumond, and invites her to his upcoming stand-up routine at a nightclub. [68] Scorsese considered serving as an executive producer, but was preoccupied with his film The Irishman. Joker star Joaquin Phoenix found himself in an awkward situation during an interview promoting the movie when an uncomfortable question caused him to walk out. [47][48] After the successful release of Wonder Woman (2017), DC Films decided to deemphasize the shared nature of its DC-based film franchise, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). While the filming start date was scheduled for September 10, Joker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, United States Department of Homeland Security, List of accolades received by Joker (2019 film), BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Best Period and/or Character Make-Up in a Feature-Length Motion Picture, "Warner Bros. [122], In an interview with TheWrap, Phillips expressed surprise at criticism of the film's dark tone, stating "it's because outrage is a commodity" and calling critics of the film "far-left". The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and provides an alternative origin story for the character. After all the anticipation, all the controversy and all the discussion, Joker is finally in theaters and people are showing up in huge numbers to see the most talked-about film of the year. [145] It made $29.2 million in its third weekend and $19.2 million in its fourth, finishing second behind Maleficent: Mistress of Evil both times. "The movie, with great pain and in detail, explains how Arthur Fleck turns into Joker dejected by the way the world treats him. "[205] In October 2019, Phoenix spoke to Peter Travers of possibly reprising the role of Arthur, centering around Travers' asking of Phoenix if he considers Joker to be his "dream role." We spoke with Joaquin Phoenix about his standalone Joker movie at Warner Bros., why he was drawn to the project, why it scares him, and how he discussed the idea of doing a … Filming in Newark began on October 13 and lasted until October 16. [116] The film was released theatrically by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 4, 2019 in the United States, and a day earlier in Australia and several other international markets. Todd Phillips Wants Batman Film Set in Same World", A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Joker_(2019_film)&oldid=1001434897, Films featuring a Best Actor Academy Award-winning performance, Films featuring a Best Drama Actor Golden Globe winning performance, Films that won the Best Original Score Academy Award, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Pages using Sister project links with hidden wikidata, Wikipedia articles with PLWABN identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 January 2021, at 17:35. [176] The film was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for the 77th Ceremony, winning the awards for Best Original Score and Best Actor (Phoenix). Demonstrations against Gotham's rich begin, with protesters donning clown masks in Arthur's image. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. [12] He was attracted to the Joker because he did not think there was a definitive portrayal of the character, which he knew would provide considerable creative freedom. [66] Warner Bros. described the film as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. By Emily Garbutt 15 January 2021. Arthur murders Randall but spares Gary for treating him well in the past. https://www.rollingstone.com/.../joker-movie-review-joaquin-phoenix-889612 "[83], Filming in Jersey City started on September 30 and shut down Newark Avenue, while filming in November, starting on November 9, shut down Kennedy Boulevard. 1 With $36M; 'Joker' Snags Magical $29M", "Box Office: 'Joker' to Become Top-Grossing R-Rated Pic of All Time", "Joker: Jim Lee Reviews Todd Phillips' DC Film", "Joker review – an ace turn from Joaquin Phoenix", "Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix's villain has last laugh in twisted tale", "Joker Review: An Insane Masterpiece Based on DC Comics Villain", "Joker Movie Review & Film Summary (2019)", "Analysing 'Joker': Only ashes remain as Joaquin Phoenix takes off to glory", "Joker Wants to Be a Movie About the Emptiness of Our Culture. He has mental health issues, part of which involves uncontrollable laughter. "[140] Three weeks prior to its release, official industry tracking projected the film would debut to $65–80 million, with some estimates going as high as $90 million. Although Phoenix's performance, the musical score, and the cinematography were praised, the dark tone, portrayal of mental illness, and handling of violence divided opinion and generated concerns of inspiring real-life violence; the movie theater where the 2012 Aurora, Colorado mass shooting occurred during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises refused to show it. Joker Review: Joaquin Phoenix Gets Last Laugh Todd Phillips' Joker is a haunting work. In denial, Arthur visits Arkham State Hospital and steals Penny's case file; the file says Penny adopted Arthur as a baby and allowed her abusive boyfriend to harm them both. [18][71] Frances McDormand declined an offer to portray the mother of the Joker, and Frances Conroy was cast. Davis compared it favorably to the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight, praised the cinematography and performances, and called it a film that needed to be seen to be believed. Marc Maron has spoken of how the upcoming Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is taking a more “interesting approach” than other comic book films. Sophie attends Arthur's stand-up routine, which goes poorly; he laughs uncontrollably and has difficulty delivering his jokes. Jan 6, 2020 - Explore alemarro's board "Joker" on Pinterest. Arthur will be an old man by the time Bruce becomes the dark knight. While he still believed it exhibited potential, Lussier overall thought the trailer was not "a home run. It is entirely from his perspective. [32][33], Additional cast members include: Glenn Fleshler and Leigh Gill as Randall and Gary, Arthur's clown co-workers;[34][35] Bill Camp and Shea Whigham as detectives Garrity and Burke in the Gotham City Police Department;[36] Marc Maron as Gene Ufland, a producer on Franklin's show;[37][38] Josh Pais as Hoyt Vaughn, Arthur's agent;[34][39] Brian Tyree Henry as a clerk at Arkham State Hospital;[40] Ben Warheit, Michael Benz, and Carl Lundstedt as bankers who harass Arthur;[41] Gary Gulman as a comedian;[42] and Bryan Callen as Javier, a co-worker of Arthur. Despite occasionally trying too hard, it's elevated by a stunning performance from Joaquin Phoenix. Title: The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and provides an alternative origin story for the character. "I thought, 'You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.'" Hammond also praised the story and performances, and summarized the film as "a bravura piece of filmmaking that speaks to the world we are actually living in today in ways that few movies do. Similarly, Phillips commented that there were "a zillion hurdles" during the year-long writing process due to the visibility of the character. Written by "[188], Some writers have expressed concern that Joker's sympathetic portrayal of a homicidal maniac could inspire real-world violence. The site's critical consensus reads, "Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star – and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema. Emotional rollercoaster - sometimes, with multiple emotions popping-up at the same time.this is far from a typical action-riddled predictable super-hero movie - it's a proper psychological thriller/drama, with the single best character development I have ever seen. [84] That month, Dante Pereira-Olson joined the cast as a young Bruce Wayne. While entertaining at a children's hospital, Arthur's gun falls out of his pocket. [141] The week of its release, Atom Tickets announced pre-sale totals for the film were outpacing those of Venom and It Chapter Two ($91.1 million debut), and that Joker was its second-bestselling R-rated film of 2019 behind John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Joker was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films, and Joint Effort, in association with Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros. Phillips conceived Joker in 2016 and wrote the script with Silver throughout 2017. ; Though Phoenix was under medical supervision, losing that much weight in just a few months is extreme and dangerous, an expert told Insider. Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. 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Besides the acting, the directing, writing, music, cinematography, and costumes were also top notch. [52] By June, Robert De Niro was under consideration for a supporting role in the film. [97] Additionally, the film features the songs "That's Life", "Send In the Clowns", "White Room," and "Rock and Roll Part 2". [28], Principal photography commenced in September 2018 in New York City,[b] under the working title Romeo. How Joaquin Phoenix Transformed His Physical and Mental Self to Play the Joker "You start to go mad," said the Academy Award-nominated actor, who … ... We last saw Phoenix on the big screen as the lead in 2019’s Joker… 3,834 of 4,713 people found this review helpful. View production, box office, & company info. Over time these issues bear down on him, shaping his actions, making him ultimately take on the persona he is more known as...Joker. [111], On August 25, 2019, Phillips released six brief teasers that contained flashes of writing, revealing the second trailer would be released on August 28. [144] In its second weekend the film fell just 41.8% to $55.9 million, remaining in first and marking the best second-weekend October total (besting Gravity's $43.1 million in 2013). Randall lies that Arthur bought the gun himself, and Arthur is fired. [46][98] The use of "Rock and Roll Part 2" generated controversy when it was reported that its singer Gary Glitter (a convicted sex offender) would receive royalties, but it was later confirmed he would not. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap. Joker 2019 movie: Trailer, cast release date and all we know about Joaquin Phonix's film. Joaquin Phoenix offers his own version of DC Comics' laughing psychopath in the upcoming Warner Bros. Joker movie. [12] Instead, they used certain elements of the Joker lore to produce an original story,[61] which Phillips wanted to feel as authentic as possible. Travers mentioned that Phoenix expressing interest in a “Joker” sequel marked a huge departure for the actor. Joaquin Phoenix: More Than Just Arthur Fleck. "He suggested they begin a new division called DC Black, separating itself from the current crop of DC films. [182] An American production, the film won the Golden Lion at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. "[11] It took him some time to commit to the role, as it intimidated him and he said "oftentimes, in these movies, we have these simplified, reductive archetypes, and that allows for the audience to be distant from the character, just like we would do in real life, where it's easy to label somebody as evil, and therefore say, 'Well, I'm not that. Joaquin Phoenix in 'Joker', the 7th highest-grossing movie of 2019. Credit: Warner Bros. Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. Joker Ehrlich thought that the film would make DC fans happy and praised Phoenix's performance, but criticized Phillips' direction and the lack of originality. [199] In Los Ángeles, Chile, during the 2019–20 Chilean protests, the phrase "We are all clowns", which is adopted by Gotham City protesters in the movie, was written at the foot of a statue. In fact, it holds t I was watching it and thinking to myself, God, if this came out a year into Obama's time in office, I don't think we'd be feeling as worried about it".[174]. "[197] Ahmed also highlights the lack of funding for already-stretched mental health services worldwide being alluded to. [60][59], Phillips and Silver found the most common Joker origin story, in which the character is disfigured after falling into a vat of acid, too unrealistic. [51] However, Phillips said that Phoenix was the only actor he considered,[53] and that he and Silver wrote the script with Phoenix in mind, "The goal was never to introduce Joaquin Phoenix into the comic book movie universe. The studio made the… PUBLISHED: 13:37, Sun, Nov 15, 2020 It was also a way of differentiating from Marvel." Not just critical success but the film even turned out to be a major commercial success. Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. [58] Having grown up in New York, Phillips also drew inspiration from life in New York City during the early 1980s. [112] Filmmaker Kevin Smith commended the trailer, stating he thought the film "would still work even if [DC Comics] didn't exist" and praising its uniqueness. Times are tough and, due to his issues and occupation, Arthur has an even worse time than most. [59] The Subway shooting scene and its aftermath were inspired by the 1984 New York City Subway shooting,[59][60] while Arthur Fleck is partially based on the shooting's perpetrator, Bernhard Goetz. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. En route to the studio, Arthur is pursued by the two detectives onto a train filled with clown protesters. Golden Globes 2020 — Best Motion Picture, Drama. How would Arthur and Bruce's rivalry work in the future? Set in 1981, it follows Arthur Fleck, a failed clown and stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity and nihilism inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy in a decaying Gotham City. [177] The film was nominated for seven awards at the 25th Critics' Choice Awards, winning Best Actor (Phoenix) and Best Score, and was included in the American Film Institute's top 10 films of 2019[178][179], Having won an award at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards for Phoenix's performance, Joker also received nominations from other guilds including the Writers Guild of America Awards and the Producers Guild of America. 2019's refreshingly depressing Joker offered a vastly different take on the classic DC villain, as Phoenix delivered the most deranged Joker movie performance yet. [99] Hildur's music won numerous awards including an Academy Award, a Satellite Award, a Saturn Award, the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, with the latter making her the first woman to win as a solo composer in that category. By . A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. Phillips said that aside from the tone, he did not consider Joker that different from his previous work, such as his Hangover films. As soon as Joaquin Phoenix's Joker origin story film was announced, it started stirring up quite a buzz. "[163], David Ehrlich of IndieWire was more mixed and gave the film a "C+." However, sources associated with Leto deny that he attempted to get Joker canceled and left CAA because of it. Thanks to Phillips and Silver, Phoenix was able to bring out the king among the Jokers," the analysis read. After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. Think of it more as a character study. 108 wins & 221 nominations. She recalled, "we would go into Todd's trailer and write the scene for the night and then do it. "[125][126], The film did not play at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater where the 2012 mass shooting occurred during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. [3] In July, Zazie Beetz was cast in a supporting role,[20] and De Niro entered negotiations in August. Before the show goes live, Arthur requests that Murray introduce him as Joker, a reference to Murray's previous mockery. [169], Joker generated positive responses from industry figures. The Oscar nominee famously turned down an … However, Penny claims that Thomas used his influence to fabricate the adoption to hide their affair. Joker (movie) Director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix put a new spin on Batman's arch-nemesis. [168] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it "the most disappointing film of the year." He felt that while "Joker is the boldest and most exciting superhero movie since The Dark Knight," it was "also incendiary, confused, and potentially toxic." But one of his co-stars admitted there was one habit he … With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. [146][147], Worldwide, the film was projected to debut to around $155 million, including $75 million from 73 overseas territories. Updated January 06, 2020: With Joaquin Phoenix's Golden Globe win, Oscar buzz for Joker continues to grow. Arthur intercepts a letter written by Penny to Thomas, alleging that he is Thomas's illegitimate son, and berates his mother for hiding the truth. [201], One of the locations seen in the film, a set of stairs in the Bronx, New York City, has been dubbed the Joker Stairs. [96] Hildur began writing music after reading the script and meeting with Phillips, who "had a lot of strong ideas" about how he thought the score should sound. Warner Bros. debuted the official trailer Wednesday for the comic book film. De Niro was one of the few Phoenix never walked out on, and De Niro said he was "very intense in what he was doing, as it should be, as he should be. Phoenix stated, "I can't stop thinking about it ... if there's something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting,"[206] and concluded, "It's nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie. Look back at our favorite moments throughout the year, from award shows to up-close shots of celebrities. He never had a chance. [52], Warner Bros. pushed for Phillips to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker,[46] hoping to use his frequent collaborator Scorsese's involvement to attract him. Gotham is rife with crime and unemployment, leaving swaths of the population disenfranchised and impoverished. The actor, 51, recreated Joaquin… Joaquin Phoenix absolutely deserves the Oscar for his amazing portrayal of Arthur/Joker. [53], The script draws inspiration from Scorsese films such as Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), and The King of Comedy (1983),[50][46] as well as Phillips' Hangover Trilogy. [138] Later updating to $85–105 million, Robbins suggested it could become the first October release to open to over $100 million, and surpass the record set by Venom in 2018. [133], On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 68% based on 576 reviews, with an average rating of 7.30/10. When Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor Oscar — unbelievably, his first — for Joker at the 92nd Academy Awards, it seemed a bit like he was the only … Joaquin Phoenix showed us a much darker side of Joker and everybody fell in love with it. [108][109] Conversely, io9's Germain Lussier said the trailer revealed too little and that it was too similar to photos Phillips had posted on Instagram. Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix. 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[27] Alec Baldwin was initially cast in the role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. [51][52] In October 2019, Masters reported that Leto "felt 'alienated and upset'" when he learned that Warner Bros.—which had promised him a standalone DCEU Joker film—let Phillips proceed with Joker, going as far as to ask his music manager Irving Azoff to get the project canceled. [37][73] Alec Baldwin was cast as Thomas Wayne on August 27, but dropped out two days later due to scheduling conflicts. [50], According to Kim Masters and Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter, Jared Leto, who portrayed the Joker in the DCEU, was displeased by the existence of a project separate from his interpretation. [76] Shortly before the Newark filming, SAG-AFTRA received a complaint that extras were locked in subway cars for more than three hours during filming in Brooklyn, a break violation. Paul Greengrass Compares Unmade 'Watchmen' Movie to 'Joker': 'It Might've Been Disastrous' David Fincher Says Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' Was 'a Betrayal of the Mentally Ill' Close. Joaquin Phoenix, fresh off his Oscar win for “Joker,” will play the military genius and French emperor. [142], Joker opened in 4,374 theaters in North America and made $39.9 million on its first day, including $13.3 million from Thursday night previews, besting Venom's respective October records. [124] Following this, journalists were disinvited from the premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre, with only photographers being allowed to interact with the filmmakers and cast on the carpet. [45] Phoenix ruled out the Joker for his "character study" idea and tried to think of a different one. [185] Writing in People's World, Chauncey K. Robinson said the film "walks a fine line between exploration and validation" of Joker's character, and is "ultimately an in-your-face examination of a broken system that creates its own monsters. Despite occasionally trying too hard, it's elevated by a stunning performance from Joaquin Phoenix. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The issue was quickly resolved after a representative visited the set. '"[12] He proposed that DC Films differentiate its slate from the competing Marvel Studios' by producing low-budget, standalone films. "[211], It was a yearlong process from when we finished the script just to get the new people on board with this vision, because I pitched it to an entirely different team than made it. In 1981, party clown and aspiring stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck lives with his mother, Penny, in Gotham City. 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