That's what "Joker" should've been called. I'm sorry for all of you fans out there, but this film was merely "ok" in my book.
For an hour and a half, I truly felt like the thing was laughing at me for wasting my time and money and for spilling my pop-corn as well. Talk about feeling like a Joker...
Nevertheless, it did pay-off in the end. The third act of the film was brilliant. That would've been a perfect short film for something called Joker. But no, they had to include all the victimization of a "poor, helpless soul".
And don't get me started with the edgy, whiny stuff about how society is just mean. Oh, shit I'm part of the problem... what will I do now??? I guess I'll empathize with murderous lunatics. After all, its the humane thing to do, the poor little things... ugh.
As a comic book film, it fails to deliver a pop-corn flick and thrives at being a pretentious artsy flick, which makes bumbling audiences feel sophisticated for having enjoyed it.
As an expressive piece of art, it's actually rather interesting and has nice touches of symbolism here and there. My favorite by far is of course, the taxi. Or rather, taxis. A pervasive element in the film for a very good reason.
As a devoted Bat-fan, it left me conflicted. They said there were no easter eggs, but come on, only a comic book buff would recognize the name Benjamin Stoner as a doctor in Arkham. Boy, how happy that made me. It really put a smile on my face, unlike Phoenix's forced laugher.
The acting is decent. But is it plausible? I don't know about that, chief. That's a hard to swallow pill. But hey, he's cray-cray, remember. So anything goes... into the fridge?? Sure, why not.
Now, I said the third act was brilliant, but I didn't said it was perfect. Remember when I said that no Joker stuff is complete without Batman? Well, they knew that perfectly well and they just HAD to connect the origin stories of both arch-enemies. Dumb and pandering. Burton did it better anyways.
The last straw was the ending. The movie tries so hard to make us empathize with poor saps, but with that ending, it feels like they are just mocking everyone. Is that their way to prove a point? I'm still waiting for a non-existent punchline. I guess I just "didn't get it."
All in all, I can see this movie affecting young and impressionable audiences who might not be old enough to have watched Ledger enjoying anarchy in a police car, all those years back when it was something new.