At the beginning of "Joker," Arthur Fleck Joaquin Phoenix , seated in front of The film, however, takes no serious interest in what might be wrong with Arthur. apart from critics and festivalgoers, has actually seen the movie..The film is the comic book "Green Book," twisting history for the sake of a yarn. A still image of Joaquin Phoenix wearing clown makeup in the film Joker. Sign up for The New Yorker s Movie Club Newsletter to get reviews .What matters to the moviedirected by Todd Phillips and written by Phillips and Scott Silveris the wild style of the violence that ensues. Arthur delights in .It barely even works within the confines of its own genre, the comic book movie. "Joker" is a supervillain origin story, involving a character whose .