THE Joker is already being tipped for Oscar glory – and it’s only just been released.
We take you through what you need to know about this new movie.
The film, set in 1981, follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime[/caption]
What age rating is The Joker and what is the running time?
The Joker is out in UK cinemas NOW (released October 4, 2019).
The film is directed by Todd Phillips.
It has an age rating of certificate 15.
The film has a running time of 2 hours and two minutes.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as the Joker in this psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips[/caption]
What is The Joker about?
Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City.
Arthur wears two masks — the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him.
Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
Who is starring in The Joker?
The film has an all-star cast which includes:
- Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker – A mentally ill, impoverished stand-up comedian disregarded by society,whose lack of success causes him to become a nihilistic criminal. Prior to Joaquin’s casting, Leonardo DiCaprio had been considered.
- Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin – A talk show host who plays a role in Arthur’s downfall.
- Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond – A cynical single mother and Arthur’s love interest.
- Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck – Arthur’s mother who is both mentally and physically ill.
- Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne – A billionaire philanthropist running for mayor of Gotham.
- Glenn Fleshler as Randall – A comedian who is Arthur’s co-worker.
- Bill Camp as Det. Garrity – A cop in in the Gotham City Police Department, and Burke’s partner.
- Shea Whigham as Det. Burke – A cop in the Gotham City Police Department, and Garrity’s partner.
What have the reviews like for The Joker?
Well it is safe to say that Joaquin Phoenix has got a hit on his hands.
Empire wrote: “Bold, devastating and utterly beautiful, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have not just re-imagined one of the most iconic villains in cinema history, but reimagined the comic book movie itself.”
Washington Post wrote: “A grim, shallow, distractingly derivative homage to 1970s movies at their grittiest, Joker continues the dubious darker-is-deeper tradition.”
Variety: “The comic-book villain as Method psycho, a troublemaker so intense in his cuckoo hostility that even as you’re gawking at his violence, you still feel his pain.”