A mesmerising lead performance gives Todd Phillips s divisive reimagining of the comic villain raw power .
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Which is not to go so far as to say that if you buy into "Joker," the joke's on you. Except in the long run it really is. If you live to see Joaquin Phoenix go to performing extremes like nobody's business, this movie really is the apotheosis of that. As Arthur Fleck, the increasingly unglued street clown and wannabe stand up comic down and out in what looks like s Gotham .JOKER is a beautiful but simplistically shallow tale of one man's downward spiral, tacked on to a recognisable cinematic icon. Todd Phillips's film is a Batmobile with the engine of a clown car..Joker review the most disappointing film of the year Why so serious? Todd Phillips' solemn but shallow supervillain origins movie has a strong performance by Joaquin Phoenix but is weighed .Joker is a Trojan Horse a dark art house film smuggled into the neon lit world of multiplexes, disguised as a DC Comic Universe action adventure. It's an interesting move by Warner Brothers. The .