Why Joker ‘Required’ Heavy Police Presence At Its LA And NY Showings

Todd Phillips’ 2019 film “Joker” more or less took the same approach to the famous DC Comics villain that filmmaker Christopher Nolan took with Batman in his 2005 film “Batman Begins.” Both took a look at a wild, outlandish character and asked what would have to happen in the real world to create such a being.

Each was noted for its grit.

Nolan’s film was slick and impeccable as it explained why Batman dresses like a bat or why he wears a cape.

Joker” is dingier and more harrowing, explaining that the supervillain was originally a mentally ill man who was neglected by the poor healthcare systems in his impoverished city.

It doesn’t take a very experienced cineaste to see that Phillips had attempted to replicate the look and mood of certain Martin Scorsese movies, specifically “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy.”Ultimately, “Joker” is not a terribly sophisticated film, communicating…

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