Todd Phillips co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver and directed and produced “Joker”. It is the 2019 American psychological thriller film. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and reveals an alternate origin story based on DC Comics characters.
What is the film Joker about?
The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker and reveals an alternate origin story based on DC Comics characters. It follows Arthur Fleck, a failed clown and stand-up comedian. He descends into insanity and nihilism. Consequently, he inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy in a decaying Gotham City in 1981.
Besides, Joker was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films. On the other hand, it was produced by Joint Effort in collaboration with Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures.
When was the movie premiered?
On August 31, 2019, Joker premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. It also won the Golden Lion and was released on October 4, 2019, in the United States. Certainly, the film received a mixed response from critics. However, Phoenix’s performance, the musical score, and the cinematography were all praised. Still, the film’s dark tone, the portrayal of mental illness, and handling of violence divided audiences. As a result, it raised concerns that it would inspire real-life violence.
Phillips released six brief teasers on August 25, 2019, with flashes of writing, teasing the second trailer’s release on August 28. The director, Kevin Smith, praised the trailer. He said that it “would still work even if [DC Comics] didn’t exist”. He also praised its uniqueness. According to Deadline Hollywood, Warner Bros. spent $120 million on promotion and advertisements in total.
How was the response to the movie?
Joker was a huge box office hit. It broke records for an October release. It became the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2019 during its theatrical run. Besides, Joker became the first and only R-rated film to do so.
Joker has also received a numerous awards. The film received 11 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Phoenix won the Best Actor and Hildur Gunadóttir won the Best Original Score. Phoenix and Gunadóttir also took home awards at the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.