Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

The First ‘Joker’ Reviews Are In & There’s Already Oscar Buzz

The First ‘Joker’ Reviews Are In & There’s Already Oscar Buzz

Joker will now be premiered at The Venice Film Festival on 31st August and The Toronto International Film Festival on 9th September.

The movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character, has already been a hit with critics with some even suggesting Phoenix might earn himself an Oscar nomination. The film traces the descent towards madness of a troubled individual called Arthur Fleck.

The response was anticipated after early morning press screenings were SRO and reporters later greeted Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz with hoots and hollers at the press conference.

"I didn't refer to any past iteration of the character", Phoenix said.

Joaquin Phoenix follows in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson, the late Heath Ledger and most recently Jared Leto to play Batman's nemesis in Joker, turning him from a vulnerable beaten down loner into the confident, makeup wearing baddie.

"I didn't want a psychiatrist to be able to identify" his personality type, said Phoenix.

Joaquin Phoenix has undergone a total transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime, at least that's certainly what it appears in Joker's newest footage.

"It's about the lack of empathy that we are seeing in the world at the time we wrote it that probably still exists".

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The actor, 44, could not assist however put a smile on his face as he arrived on the occasion, mirroring his iconic character, as he met with an adoring mob of followers. "His goal genuinely is to make people laugh and bring joy to the world".

Phoenix also went in-depth in how he developed his signature laugh for the role, saying it needed to be "something that's nearly painful".

"I didn't think I could do it".

"It was very liberating, because there was really no rules and no boundaries.we just kind of pushed each other every day, until we come up with something totally insane", Phillips said.

Todd Phillips, known for frat house comedies including the Hangover trilogy and Road Trip, set the film in the 1970s as a nod to the brooding cinematic character studies of the time, like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. "You start to go mad".

Asked if a lack of empathy was a key subject in the film, for which writing began in 2017, Phillips said: "It's a big part of what the movie's about".

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