The Joker is a character that is no stranger
to film; if there is Batman, Joker is not far behind. This time Todd Phillips
puts the focus of his attention on the origin of The Clown Prince of Crime,
taking the audience back to a time before Batman, delivering a painful and dark
portrait of humanity, the mentally ill, and suffering with little payoff or
Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a down-on-his-luck performing clown and wannabe stand-up comedian. Living in a Gotham of the past (70s) tensions are high and the city is on the verge of exploding. It is a city filled with disparity and suffering everywhere you turn. From the opulent buildings to the homeless on every street corner, Phillips wants the audience to know just how brutal Gotham really is. Through his experiences and his bouts of depression, mental illness, and an ailing mother, Arthur is seeing just how cold this massive city can really be.
Director(s): Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy