Max Miller’s review published on Letterboxd:
“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don't.”
I haven’t watched this since I sat in the theater and watched it about two years ago. I think I’ve waited so long to rewatch it because it affected it me so deeply when I first watched Arthur’s story. I thought about it for a while and well here we are two years later.
I absolutely think that Joaquin deserved his Oscar and this is hands down his best performance since Cash. Even when he’s not doing anything in the film, his acting is so realistic, it just slowly pulls you in frame by frame.
Beautifully filmed and written by Todd Phillips. I think the story itself is underrated because it’s honestly like we are looking into Joker’s head and seeing how he perceives the world. Obviously, he’s mentally unstable, he gets beat down so often in society that he ultimately turns on all his fellow man.
I do like this as an original take on Joker’s story. I know some people didn’t understand some character traits in this but were the people even really there? My point is that poor Arthur Fleck is so sick and that’s exactly what this film is about. Experiencing his sickness and pain, quite powerful.