Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Send in the Clown

Image credit: Claudio Onorati, EPA-EFE 

Seriously, “Joker” is no laughing matter!

Todd Phillips' dark comic book motion picture “Joker" won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. 

[Note: Phillips, who earned an Oscar screenwriting nod in 2007 for "Borat" and is best known for directing “The Hangover” trilogy]. 

“I want to thank Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie”, Phillips (above left) said with star Joaquin Phoenix (above right) by  his side on stage. 

Regretfully, the latter did not win the best actor prize – it went to someone else – but the director of “Joker” dedicated much of his speech to the extraordinary talents of his leading man. 

The standalone origin feature about The Clown Prince of Crime is already being tipped for the Oscars. And why not? 

Heath Ledger famously won a posthumous supporting actor Academy Award for his defining take on the Batman supervillain in 2008’s “Dark Knight”. Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman”, which featured an over-the-top Jack Nicholson as Gotham City’s No. 1 villain, nabbed an Oscar for production design. Even “Suicide Squad,” the critically maligned flick with Jared Leto’s tattooed, gangster take on the iconic bad guy, scored a trophy for hair and makeup.

“Joker” stars a captivating Joaquin Phoenix who in the riveting show makes the tragic descent into madness – from Arthur Fleck, a struggling stand-up comedian and clown-for-hire to Batman’s classic nemesis. 

Check out this review from IGN:
In fact, IGN's Jim Vejvoda trumpeted, "Joker isn’t just an awesome comic book movie, it’s an awesome movie, period".

I guess this is a must-watch flick!

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