Batman, and by extension, the whole DC Universe, is quite a mixed bag. On one hand, you have masterpieces like the Nolan trilogy, while on the other, you have massive flops like Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman.
I’ve been greatly disappointed with how low the Batman franchise has sunk, but thankfully, Joker changed all that for me.
https://www.joker.movie https://www.facebook.com/jokermovie https://twitter.com/jokermovie https://www.instagram.com/jokermovie/ Director Todd Phillips "Joker" centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham's fractured society.
The film, directed by Todd Philipps and starring Joaquin Phoenix, was a breath of fresh air into an otherwise stale franchise. And though it was not part of the official DC Universe, it pulled most of its plot points from pre-existing comics and material—primarily from The Killing Joke and Batman: The Animated Series.
Set in the early 80’s, Joker follows the story of Arthur Fleck as he slowly fell deeper and deeper into the abyss of his insanity. The bright music of the likes of Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix was juxtaposed with the melancholy and often terrifying original music by Hildur Gudnadottir. Despite being such a visual medium, the film’s score made you feel all the raw and nuanced emotions and thoughts Fleck would have felt as he shed his Arthur Fleck persona and embraced that of the Joker’s.
Music has that magic: it makes you feel and remember things more vividly than you would otherwise with just seeing it.
I implore you to watch the film yourself. And if you already have, come listen to one of the many playlists on Spotify here. It may not be official, but it’s enough to get that feeling of watching the film again.
What was your favorite part of Joker, and did it match the music? Share it down in the comments below!
A purveyor of fine coffee, menswear, and life experiences. Raf is an ex-musician himself, and started with heavy metal, but now currently listens to K-Pop, Future Funk, and Vaporwave. There are few things he doesn’t listen to, so feel free to message him your song and artist suggestions.