“Joker’s recently awarded R rating in America (the equivalent of a 15 over here) suggests that Todd Phillips’ upcoming movie is far from a laughing matter.
The standalone DC villain flick stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failing stand-up comedian whose transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime directly stems from Gotham City’s cruelty and apathy.
Comparisons have already been made with the dark dramas you’d expect from Martin Scorsese such as The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver. Joker is set in the eighties and is poised to be tough and gritty akin to Scorsese’s crime classics – in fact, he was originally set to produce, before his collaborator Emma Tillinger Koskoff took over.
Throughout his storied history from the page to the screen, we know that the Joker is up for a laugh, but there are also times when he takes it above and beyond a joke.”
To read the rest of my Cineworld feature on five times the Joker got a little too serious, then please follow this link.