The first reactions to Joaquin Phoenix's Joker have arrived online, and they're all generally positive. Directed by Todd Phillips, the next Warner Bros. and DC project is establishing a new origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime. Boasting a star studded cast including Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Frances Conroy, and Zazie Beetz, Joker takes fans back in time to the 1980s when the iconic comic book villain was just a failed comedian known as Arthur Fleck.
Just a few days ago, the final trailer for Joker dropped, surprising a lot of people. It featured a slew of never-before-seen clips but mostly focused on Phoenix's titular character. Despite its release inching near, plot details for the film are being kept tightly under wraps. Whatever it turns out to be, however, fans will be happy to learn that critics are loving Joker as evidenced by the early reactions.
A handful of press and critics have shared their non-spoiler reactions to Joker on social media. Most of them have nothing but great things to say about the Phillips-directed film and that is good news for DC fans. Read a sampling of the glowing Joker reactions, below:
I saw the @JokerMovie and REALLY dug it. It's a feature that steals your attention and requires time to process. It's an acting showcase for Joaquin Phoenix and a story that's ambiguous and surprising, but one that really grounds Arthur Fleck's transformation. pic.twitter.com/OOWgpct13i— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) August 31, 2019
I saw #Joker — and it is unlike anything before it. The movie is dark, thrilling, and chilling. An insane masterpiece.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) August 31, 2019
The movie absolutely transcends being a comic book film and acts as a character study which, at times, will make audiences uncomfortable in wild ways. 10/10 pic.twitter.com/2B2mCkzbZy
#JokerMovie is an efficacious & disturbing film that's equally meritorious & tragic. Phoenix's roaring, monstrous performance as the Clown of Crime is so immaculate, so maestoso, it's a prodigious accomplishment, and marks the apex of his already superlative career. #Venezia76 pic.twitter.com/YeHZg4WqHd— International Film Critique (@IntFilmCritique) August 31, 2019
#JokerMovie is the type of film that defines an actor's career, type of role & character that comes once in a lifetime. Heath Ledger's #Joker redefined the character, but Phoenix cements it as one of the greatest, darkest villains in cinematic history. All hail Joaquin Phoenix!— International Film Critique (@IntFilmCritique) August 31, 2019
I can’t quite believe how good Joker is. It’s a masterpiece. Funny, dark, beautiful, full of rage, and really fucking cool. Joaquin Phoenix is masterful and every shot is sublime. #Venezia76— James Jones (@jamesjonesfilm) August 31, 2019
#Venezia76 The #Joker we fucking deserve. Rings of comedy, rings of fire. It's a circus, it's a carnival, it's a mayhem. Phoenix brings us dancing through this social disease and it's a triumph. #JokerMovie— Lorenzo Ciorcalo (@rotovisor) August 31, 2019
There will be before Joker. And there will be after Joker. I don't know if the world is ready for this movie. Or maybe it is? It is GNARLY. It is crazy. It is audacious. It doesn't hold back. Wow. I can't believe it exists. But it does. And it's coming.— Alex Billington @ Venice (@firstshowing) August 31, 2019
#Joker Pheonix is phenomenal. Dark, gritty & fucking crazy. More on the lines of Mean Streets than Taxi Driver. It all looks to be serving a masterclass but Phillips stumbles in the last hurdle with the film not knowing if it wants to stand alone or be enticed by lore #Venezia76 pic.twitter.com/tB2QlBeQrm— Jak-Luke Sharp @ Venice Film Festival (@JakLukeSharp) August 31, 2019
“Bring in the clowns!!!” 🤡 #Joker will surprise the hell out of people. Dark, twisted, brutal origin story of the most recognised villain in popular culture. Joaquin Phoenix adds another iconic performance to his extraordinary career #Venezia76— Radek Folta @Venezia76 (@rdfolta) August 31, 2019
Joker isn't based on any narrative from the comic books, so Phillips had full control of how he wanted to craft Fleck's story. This makes for a more interesting film since the public doesn't have any idea about where the story might go. That said, the director recently revealed that he had to go through a whole year just to convince Warner Bros. to green light the project as R-rated, but it seems like all his effort is worth it looking at these reactions. Rumored details about this Joker character hint at a deeper connection between the Clown Prince of Crime and his arch nemesis, Bruce Wayne/Batman, suggesting they may share the same biological father. Fans already know that a young Bruce will appear in the film thanks to its first trailer, while Thomas Wayne (Cullen) is expected to play a significant role in how things pan out for Fleck.
It's no secret that many were skeptic of a Joker standalone when it was first announced by Warner Bros. But the public eventually mellowed on the idea, and especially after learning the roster of talent attached. On top of that, marketing has been on point, furthering people's excitement, and these latest reactions will are likely just amplify the anticipation. Assuming Joker garners the same kind of acclaim when it officially releases in October and makes the studio profit, the supposed sequel Phillips recently talked about would not be out of the realm of possibility.
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