Joker

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection. Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks. One, he paints on for his day job as a clown. The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down. Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that’s fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath. But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him. Directed, co-written and produced by Todd Phillips, “Joker” is the filmmaker’s original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. Longing for any light to shine on him, he tries his hand as a stand-up comic, but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study. Three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line,” “Gladiator”) stars in the titular role alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “The Godfather: Part II”). The film also stars Zazie Beetz (TV’s “Atlanta,” “Deadpool 2”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Shea Whigham (“First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”) and Leigh Gill (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”). Oscar nominee Phillips (“Borat,” “The Hangover” trilogy) directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oscar-nominated writer Scott Silver (“The Fighter”), based on characters from DC. The film was produced by Phillips and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born,” “American Sniper”) under their Joint Effort banner, and Oscar nominee Emma Tillinger Koskoff (“The Wolf of Wall Street”). It was executive produced by Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Aaron L. Gilbert, Joseph Garner, Richard Baratta, and Bruce Berman. Behind the scenes, Phillips was joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “The Hangover” trilogy), production designer Mark Friedberg (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Selma”), editor Jeff Groth (“War Dogs,” “The Hangover Part III”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (“Phantom Thread,” “The Artist”). The music is by Hildur Guðnadóttir (HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”). Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, a Film by Todd Phillips, “Joker.”

Run Time:
122 mins
Starring:
Bill Camp, Zazie Beetz, Justin Theroux, Shea Whigham, Annie Pisapia, Paul Kulis, Douglas Hodge, Glenn Fleshler, Marc Maron, Brandon Essig, Sondra James, Marko Caka, Robert De Niro, Bryan Callen, Brett Cullen, Frances Conroy, Frank Stellato, Josh Pais, April Grace, John Cenatiempo, Mick O'Rourke, Sharon Washington, Kim Brockington, Murphy Guyer, Hannah Gross, Leaf Phoenix, Leaf Phoenix, Keith Buterbaugh, Julia Weldon, Blaise Corrigan, Ray Iannicelli, Gary Gulman, Jane Fergus, Brian Tyree Henry, Chris Redd, Leigh Gill, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brendan Patrick Connor, James Ciccone, Carl Lundstedt, Mark Lotito, Adrienne Lovette, Rich Campbell, Tony D. Head, Michael-Scott Druckenmiller, Mandela Bellamy, Ben Warheit, Winslow Bright, Vincent Tumeo, Chuck Taber, Vincent Cucuzza, Michael Lepre, Greer Barnes, Craig Austin, Dj Nino Carta, George Signoriello, Chris Angerman, Alonzo Wright, Ryan Funigiello, Danny Schoch, John Cashin, Dante Pereira-Olson, Caillou Pettis, Loretta Anne Miller, Johanna R. Griesé, Jaine Ye, Sam Morril, Mick Szal, Alex Xenos, Edward Sass, Mary Kate Malat, Vito Gerbino, Zak Takowsky, David Iacono, Alexander Mercier, Matthias Sebastiun Garry, Peter Benson, Mike Troll, Scott Martin, Jolie Chan, Larry Gurreri, Ben Heyman, Jack Wilkins, Austin Craig, Gino D'Cafango, Ray Rosario, Emmanuel Rodriguez, Elizabeth Bluhm, Charles S. Leahy, Keith Schneider, Sean Kilkenny, Jamaal Burcher, Victor Best Jr, Victor Best Jr, Victor Best Jr, Evan Rosado, Jivan Xander Ramesh, Jeannine Adornetto, Aynsleigh Dann, Rose Maria Wilde, Troy Roberts, Matt Bruzzio, Victor Gaspar, Isabella Ferreira, Lana McLellan, Jason John Cicalese, Joey Pedras, Frank Volpe, Tamiz U. Rezvi, Celeste Pisapía, Al Cardone, Jesse Schratz, Jim Cleary, Adam James, Robert Grondski, Dash Gillenwater, Phiona C Foster, Damian Emmanuel, David Valentino Penaga, Michael Bascle, Alontae Myson Williams, Umar Abrams, Jaidon Walls, Lou Young, Dontae Hawkins, Lauren Yaffe, Melanie Christine Leon-Soon, Brayson Goss, Xavyer Ureña, Carrie Louise Putrello, Demetrius Dotson II, Jeff McCarthy, Roger Squitero, Rocco Luna, Steven Elson, Graham Mabry, John Alldred, Adam Quezada
Directed By:
Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Berman, Michael Uslan, Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Walter Hamada, David J. Webb, Anjay Nagpal
Written By:
Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Produced By:
Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Berman, Michael Uslan, Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Walter Hamada, David J. Webb, Anjay Nagpal
Production Year: r
2019
Published:
Premiered:
01/10/2019