I’ve liked Joaquin Phoenix ever since his brilliant performance in Ridley Scott’s much loved Gladiator (2000). I therefore had no doubt he’d deliver a truly memorable performance as Joker, Gotham City’s most iconic villain.
Watching Aurthur Fleck’s journey from social outcast to psychopathic murderer is a viewing experience I enjoyed for more than just Phoenix’s brilliant physical and emotional performance. Before Joker, I don’t think I’d truly paid attention to the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life. The clever use of this song, the film’s musical score and soundtrack is another key highlight.
Joker is undeniably a good film. Yet, for me personally, there is something about it that meant I found myself not particularly overly enthusiastic post viewing. One might even say that Joker is quite depressing because it’s almost ‘too real,’ when compared with what’s been happening in the US. Another reason it seemed something of a downer is the film’s heavy focus on people who are, to put it lightly, ‘unpleasant’. I of course understand director Todd Phillip’s reasons considering the nature of the story being told. Yet it’s never easy for me when the protagonist is also an anti-hero of the most insane and murderous kind, particularly when there’s no humour involved.
Overall, what I like most about Phillip’s film, is how well mapped Joker’s journey from victim to anti-hero is. From powerless to fully empowered and in control. From ‘how much more can he take?’ ‘Where can he go from here?’ to ‘There it is’. ‘The camel’s back has completely snapped and there’s no going back’
Lastly, I can’t deny that my colour loving self rather enjoyed the red suit, yellow vest, plus green shirt and hair look. Especially while Joker was on those famous stairs.
You’ve probably already seen it. If not, do it for Phoenix’s performance and all else that’s good about it.
Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr. and Chandler Riggs are the stars of new sci-fi / drama Only.
From writer / director Takashi Doscher, this is the story of a young couple whose relationship is severely tested after a comet releases a mysterious virus that begins to kill all of the world’s women…
I wanted Charlies Angels, an action / comedy about three ass-kicking young women who work for a private detective agency to be a good movie. Unfortunately, I can’t quite say that ‘good’ is the word that best fits.
Part of the reason director Elizabeth Banks’s film isn’t great is firstly, the fact that it offers nothing that hasn’t been seen many, many times before and often better executed. Second, there’s the arguably insufficient chemistry between the three main characters played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. It also really didn’t help that much of the humour – most of which is delivered by Stewart came across as a tad forced.
Lastly, Naomi Scott’s character’s transition from hacker to full blown Angel just seemed unconvincing to me. I mean, the ‘bowl cuts’ sequence was fun but I just couldn’t believe how comfortable she appeared to be in such a high stress predicament. (Could I be projecting here? Maybe a little.)
In terms of what I liked, the on screen presence of the silent, tattooed assassin played by Jonathan Tucker stood out for me in a good way. Plus, newcomer Ella Balinska has me excited to see what her next roles will be. I also did rather enjoy the below line because of the fear it must inspire in the person to whom the words are directed.
‘Oh baby, baby! You swiped right. I’m your girlfriend now!’
Should you find yourself especially curious, give Charlie’s Angels a chance. Otherwise, I trust that you know what to do.
From director Miranda de Pencier, new biography The Grizzlies is set in a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America.
Starring Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart and Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan; at at the centre of the story is a group of Inuit students’ whose lives are transformed when they’re introduced to the sport of lacrosse.
I’m in because it’s a true story and I want to see that happy ending for all involved. Perhaps I’ll even pick up some knowledge about lacrosse.
Natar Ungalaaq, Eric Schweig and Will Sasso also star.
The story about twelve strangers who are chosen and kidnapped for the specific purpose of being hunted is directed by Craig Zobel. And the key cast includes Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank, Justin Hartley…
I found the original trailer for this movie pretty compelling. This new one isn’t bad but I much prefer the darker more mysterious angle that featured terrifying music. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to seeing Gilpin’s character do her absolute worst and delight her audience.
It was good to learn that this movie hasn’t been changed at all following all the controversy. Only the marketing’s changed. so fingers crossed it ends up being worth the delay.
Steve Coulter, Wayne Duvall, Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Teri Wyble, Alexander Babara, Sturgill Simpson, Ike Barinholtz and Glenn Howerton also star.