JOKER Reviews! (No Spoilers) Best Joker Yet?

  • Published: 04 September 2019
  • Joker Review! Early reactions to the Joker movie are in, with strong Rotten Tomatoes score and rave reviews from the Venice Film Festival. How does this Joaquin Phoenix Joker compare to the Heath Ledger Joker from The Dark Knight? How much does this Joker film connect to the DC world, and how could it connect to the upcoming Robert Pattinson Batman? Erik Voss breaks down what the critics are saying about this Joker (2019) film, what themes it explores, and why Joaquin Phoenix might be the second person to win an Oscar for playing the Clown Prince of Crime. In what ways is this Joker movie an homage to Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy?

    Be sure to watch the upcoming episode of Rogue Theory in which the hosts of New Rockstars break down their Joker final scene theories!


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Comments • 763

  • Golon
    Golon  3 days back

    In my opinion Joaquin Phoenix as a Joker is a symbol for people who feel oppressed, same as Satan is for Satanists or one or two or hundred hackers are for Anonymous. What Joker is doing in the movie inspires a future "Jokers" we know from movies which happens to take an action in the future. Joker from the Dark Knight - probably a son of a Joker inspired by Joaquin Phoenix (the original Joker). That would explain why there's so many different Jokers, because they were all inspired by movement of one.

    • Pranas Vaicaitis
      Pranas Vaicaitis  4 days back

      DC has a lot of villains who could have origin stories which make us see them in likeable way. However, the question is if those transformarion stories wouldn't be kind of copy. In other words, transformarion caused by isolation, ignorance and people not apreciating that individual. For example I don't think Riddler's origin, transformarion story would be that much different than Joker's.

      • TechRyze
        TechRyze  4 days back

        Not watched many reviews where the narrator hasn't watched the film! 😃

        Review roundup, I guess...?

        • D.J.
          D.J.  5 days back

          Pause it perfectly at 6:57 . You’re welcome

        • Clifford Smallwood
          Clifford Smallwood  5 days back

          Whole time watching I’m thinking have on a jacket 🧥 🤨 lmaooo

          • terah101
            terah101  5 days back

            I hope it's as good as they say. They've also finished the script for Pattinson's Batman, apparently they're focusing on a detective based depiction with some realism. If that does as well as Joker, I think these two can kick start a shared sub-universe of their own within the DCEU.

            • Kaine ZarVel
              Kaine ZarVel  5 days back

              Idc it’s gonna be the best Joker film ever made

              • Buddah Kris
                Buddah Kris  5 days back

                Umm.. it's the ONLY one ever made. (Killing Joke doesn't really count, it's not all about him)

            • Boel B
              Boel B  6 days back

              Going to be amazing

              • Boel B
                Boel B  6 days back

                Movie of the year

                • Erwin Garcia
                  Erwin Garcia  7 days back

                  Yes..Dark DC is the way to go...cant copy the formula of MCU

                  • BLINK ONCE
                    BLINK ONCE  7 days back

                    No way Pennywise the Clown is the best Joker yet

                    • Ladd Davies
                      Ladd Davies  1 weeks back

                      DC needs to embrace this darkness to succeed. Dark DC is always the best DC.

                      • k j
                        k j  1 weeks back

                        Dc black would be perfect for a zodiac killer type riddled movie

                        • Sergio Gonzalez
                          Sergio Gonzalez  1 weeks back

                          This should definitely be the standard 🤩

                          • Agg Or nah
                            Agg Or nah  1 weeks back

                            Heath ledger will be the best ever

                            • Jose Zambrano
                              Jose Zambrano  1 weeks back

                              So excited for this movie!!!

                              • הגר גדליוביץ'

                                Rocketman got a 4 minutes standing ovation but Joaquin deserves an eight minutes standing ovation just for being himself so, yeah, I'm definitely not surprised. When the moment he opens his mouth wide like an animal came up in the trailer I said "WOW" out loud, in a theater full of strangers. It's going to be a once in a lifetime experience, especially for an editor and a writer and a film fanatic like myself.

                                • Saubhgya Bammi
                                  Saubhgya Bammi  1 weeks back

                                  Joker don't look as terrifying as dark Knight joker

                                  • Vincent Simbol
                                    Vincent Simbol  1 weeks back

                                    The fellows in Venice really stood longer than this video?

                                    • Chris D
                                      Chris D  1 weeks back

                                      It's not hinting at more movies, it's just showing that this is Joker and ties it into an alternate universe of DC hero involvement. Off screen of course. It doesn't need to be related to more movies. If you look at DCs amaaaazing animated movies, very few are within the same reality as any other and they work perfectly.

                                      • I'm Slim Hounon the real Slim Hounon

                                        When you can't make your own review, you review everyone else's reviews 🤣

                                        • YT Lord Brawler
                                          YT Lord Brawler  1 weeks back

                                          THIS IS OBVIOUSLY GONNA WIN A OSCAR
                                          WHO ELSE THINK SO

                                          • Peter Liechty
                                            Peter Liechty  1 weeks back

                                            The Dark Knight will never be surpassed

                                            • sloth_ Al
                                              sloth_ Al  1 weeks back

                                              i still think heath ledger is going to be the best joker

                                              • Brian Burkhardt
                                                Brian Burkhardt  1 weeks back

                                                That Time review pissed me off more than it probably should have.

                                                • Jason Morrison
                                                  Jason Morrison  1 weeks back

                                                  Can we get a dark and gritty TMNT movie please

                                                  • Maori Boy
                                                    Maori Boy  1 weeks back

                                                    Jack Nicholson set the standard.

                                                    • Mickey Morrow
                                                      Mickey Morrow  1 weeks back

                                                      The top comment is really “So you’re saying the joker will put a smile on my face”? Wow. And no. I don’t believe this version of Joker could even exist in a world where Heath’s Joker never happened.

                                                      • Will Kehler
                                                        Will Kehler  1 weeks back

                                                        Nope. Not the best joker yet lol. I don’t know why people need me to tell them that. What was so great about what we have been able to see from Joaquin’s joker? People literally lost their minds when the Dark Knight trailer was released

                                                        • Dan Olson
                                                          Dan Olson  1 weeks back

                                                          I had to exit this video due to my distaste for reading all these critic quotes. Absolutely ridiculous.

                                                          • ᴛɪᴋᴛᴋ ɢᴀᴄʜᴀɪɴᴄ.

                                                            What about a joker that is happy?

                                                            • Percy Almeida
                                                              Percy Almeida  1 weeks back

                                                              This year DC movies were awesome

                                                              • Caelan Wood
                                                                Caelan Wood  1 weeks back

                                                                14 minutes after released that's a record

                                                                • A FLAME
                                                                  A FLAME  1 weeks back

                                                                  i like the ledger dezine

                                                                  • Midhun Toms
                                                                    Midhun Toms  1 weeks back

                                                                    I smell an Oscar award

                                                                    • Delbane Ren
                                                                      Delbane Ren  1 weeks back

                                                                      Not here for twifleck. That hot mess won't be watchable.

                                                                      • cody bot
                                                                        cody bot  1 weeks back

                                                                        If there was no batman there is no joker. Batman need joker read the comics

                                                                        • Maggie Doggie
                                                                          Maggie Doggie  1 weeks back

                                                                          It looks like a total POS

                                                                          • luke malave
                                                                            luke malave  1 weeks back

                                                                            DC should aim for a more mature audience in their movies and keep the tone dark like in joker

                                                                            • Ryan Ouellette
                                                                              Ryan Ouellette  1 weeks back

                                                                              Depends on what you mean by "standard," but if you mean a fresh take on old stories and characters, then yes. And I would be so SO happy if this connected to the upcoming Batman film.

                                                                              • Paul Bujak
                                                                                Paul Bujak  1 weeks back

                                                                                IS THAT A MEMBERS ONLY JACKET?!

                                                                                • what and what
                                                                                  what and what  1 weeks back

                                                                                  heath ledger was the best now everyone is fighting for the second best spot

                                                                                  • Benjamin Porter
                                                                                    Benjamin Porter  1 weeks back

                                                                                    He hasn’t seen the movie yet...

                                                                                    • SteveBop
                                                                                      SteveBop  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Nice jacket!

                                                                                      • AltairLT
                                                                                        AltairLT  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Heath Ledger is the Best Joker. Period.

                                                                                        • D -TEK
                                                                                          D -TEK  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Sympathy not empathy

                                                                                          • Fialovej Biftek
                                                                                            Fialovej Biftek  1 weeks back

                                                                                            I know that this joker will be shit

                                                                                            • Alighieri
                                                                                              Alighieri  1 weeks back

                                                                                              DC going deep down into seriousness. Marvel can keep their millionaire budget. Nothing beats reality.