Distributor: Warner Bros.
October 2019Watch Trailer
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, and Frances Conroy
2019, USA and Canada, 122 minutes, Digital, R
Director Todd Phillips’ Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. 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. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night… but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty 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) as Franklin. The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Frances Conroy (TV’s American Horror Story, Hulu’s Castle Rock), Marc Maron (TV’s Maron, GLOW), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s Billions, Barry), Shea Whigham (First Man, Kong: Skull Island), Brett Cullen (42, Netflix’s Narcos), Douglas Hodge (Red Sparrow, TV’s Penny Dreadful), and Josh Pais (upcoming Motherless Brooklyn, Going in Style).
Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
New York Film Festival
“What a gloriously daring and explosive film Joker is. It’s a tale that’s almost as twisted as the man at its centre, bulging with ideas and pitching towards anarchy. ”
— Xan Brooks, The Guardian
“A dark, brooding and psychologically plausible origin story, a vision of cartoon sociopathy made flesh.”
— Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“It’s chilling and ironically, still a fun way to spend two-hours escaping into a fictional world. Joker is such a great film that ventures away from the comic books and dives more into reality.”
— Catalina Combs, Black Girl Nerds
“Bold, devastating and utterly beautiful, Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have not just reimagined one of the most iconic villains in cinema history, but reimagined the comic book movie itself.”
— Terri White, Empire Magazine
“A dazzlingly disturbed psycho morality play, one that speaks to the age of incels and mass shooters and no-hope politics, of the kind of hate that emerges from crushed dreams.”
— Owen Gleiberman, Variety
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