Dir Todd Phillips Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy. mins.."Phoenix s Joker is a heavier, more brooding and introspective figure than that of Heath Ledger in [Christopjher] Nolan s The Dark Knight," wrote The Independent s reviewer Geoffrey Macnab, who gave the film four stars. "He doesn t have Ledger s quicksilver energy. He moves more slowly..Joker" is a film with many contradictions. In terms of cinematography, performance and pacing, it is a stunning piece of filmmaking. However .