"Joker is not a particularly good film, much less an important one. Whatever its pretensions, this is undeniably a comic book movie moreover it s directed by the brazenly low brow Todd Phillips, known for a string of willfully tasteless come.s such as The Hangover..Jake Wilson is a film critic for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. . View all comments. Most Viewed in Culture..Joker might be hard to watch but it is important to see. In a masterful performance that reaffirms acting as an art form, Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a part time rent a clown working for a seedy talent agency. His home life is bleak, living on the poverty line with his ailing mother..