Is Everyone Okay After the Joker (2019) Trailer Dropped?
If you didn’t get chills watching the Joker trailer, I’m not entirely sure if you can still call yourself human. For many fans, the trailer acted as a wormhole and opened up plenty of time old questions about the Joker. But with five months to wait until the premiere date in October, there’s plenty of time to speculate on what this cinematic depiction of the Joker’s life of agony. So, let’s get to it!
Director Todd Phillips will be giving fans the candid view of the Joker’s origin with the Warner Bros film, or will he? Considering that there are many origin stories behind the iconic supervillain, the film will just be giving just one narrative – and in the process cooking up an entirely new one! If the trailer is anything to go by, it will be the most compelling story behind the Joker yet. Other retellings of the Joker’s origins in the film include Batman (1989) and Batman: The Killing Joke (1988).
Even the simple lines in the teaser trailer ‘My Mother always tells me to put on a happy face’ speaks volumes of the makings of the Joker. In such a simple phrase you’re given a potent hit of empathy of a young boy who was raised to better the world around him but in the process of trying he shoots past the levels of jaded misomania which so many people adopt, to finding inventive ways to brutally murder people.
It is the relatability of his story which will ensure that the sombre sentiment behind the flick will resonate with plenty of viewers.
Was Joaquin Phoenix the Right Man for the Job?
Joaquin Phoenix has always been somewhat of an enigma, with his most successful film so far being his portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line (2005) we already know that he can do brooding, pained and pensive well. And with films such as Her (2013) >we saw his ability to turn a plot into an Arthouse masterpiece of a film so, what he can bring to the table as the Joker is almost too overwhelming to think about. He’s left it as no secret that at some points in his career that he’s wanted out for how the Hollywood lifestyle impacted his mental health. There is every potential that Joaquin Phoenix will be able to channel the Joker’s disappointment, rage, and mania on an unparalleled level.
Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger was never going to be easy, but even from the short trailer which is just over a minute long, you can see the Joker come to life with a totally new charisma and emotive depth than we’ve seen before. We get to see the connection he has with his mother, the way society nudges him further into psychosis, and his gorgeously macabre smile.
What do we know so far?
So far, there’s been a great handle on leaks, but the trailer gives us plenty to go off. There may not be all too much dialogue but the ethereally dark atmospherics speak volumes.
No review of the trailer would be complete without giving a notable mention to the teaser of the soundscape we can expect from the film upon its release. Anyone who appreciates an arrestive soundtrack is sure to appreciate the aural alchemy which is cooked up through the use of Jimmy Durante’s reinvention of the 1936 song “Smile” which was made famous in 1954 by Nat King Cole.
The mise en scene is further set by the dank and gritty depiction of New York in the 1970s which serves as a stark reminder that New York wasn’t always the glorious hub of capital and creativity which it is romanticised for in 2019. As you could have guessed the trailer takes us to the streets of Gotham to watch Phoenix’s Joker try and make it as a comedian and clown. Even though every comedian is undoubtedly going to have a hard time clawing their way to the top, thankfully, not every rising comedic star experiences the virile aggression, degradation, and humiliation which the Joker experiences. It doesn’t follow the ‘nice guys finish last’ story, instead, it will show how the harsh realities can drive us to the point of insanity.
Everyone with mental health problems feels compelled to hide them, to act normal and never let the scars left by humanity show, so the Joker is sure to provide a hit of catharsis as we see the Joker carousing in his mania. His line ‘Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there’, provides a poignant idea that insanity exists outside of ourselves and we just happen to get enveloped in the dystopian levels of hysteria.
As the numbers of people being prescribed with antidepressants are at an all-time high, the film couldn’t have been released at a better time. It will also be released in time for Warner Bros to attempt to match the levels of success of their biggest rivals Marvel. With Avengers Endtime having the potential to become the highest grossing superhero film yet, Warner Bros are definitely not short on competition.
It was left as no secret that plenty fans of the Joker’s character were let down by Jared Leto’s Joker in the 2016 film Suicide Squad. Remember how pissed Leto was when a rather significant amount of his screen time was cut? Leto as the Joker was no doubt the aspect of the film which had the highest amount of hype, but when we only got to see him as a side character disappointment was always going to ensue. There will be minimal chance of this with the 2019 Joker film as Joaquin Phoenix will take the lead through the chilling macabre masterpiece.
Bruce Wayne fans will also be happy to learn that it has been revealed that Bruce Wayne will make a cameo in the Joker! You will be able to see for yourself by looking at the trailer and paying special attention at the 1:45 mark.
If you haven’t checked out the trailer yet (what are you even doing with your life?) here it is!
Let us know what you think in the comments section below! We’ll make sure we keep you updated with all the latest news until Joker hits the theatres on October 4th, 2019.
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