CM Podcast 229 – The Joker (2019)

There was a small, independent movie that came out last Friday called The Joker. You may have heard about it…

Yes, the stripped down, grimy, throwback Joker movie sans Batman came out last week and we went to see it.

There was loads of hype about the movie prior to its October 4th release. Several sources were heralding the performance of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/The Joker and the movie had even won some film awards. There were also some people worrying that since the movie is all Joker and no Batman that it would incite riots and violence on its release.

Did the movie live up to the media hype? Were there riots in the streets similar to the support of the comment people for Joker in the movie?

Well, no and no.

Sorry, Joker but this movie was…underwhelming. It did not live up to the hyperbole that all the critics were giving it. It was a very average movie. Jon and I go over the movie using historical real life events that inspired the writers, compare it against similar films, talk about the “Is Joker an allegory for mental illness in America” debate, why it’s impossible to root for the bad guy and talk about how the movie could have been much better.

The movie does have some cool posters like this…

but style over substance is not going to win you any Oscars.

Comics Misremembered Podcast 229