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10 hours ago, adity said:

Although, I don't support people saying it'll promote violence. People who get provoked to do violence from a movie are already deranged and need help regardless of the movie existing. Shouldn't give support to the ridiculous people saying a movie like this shouldn't exist. 

 

Exactly what I said. You and me are not going on a violence spree. But it has the potential to spread violence in already mentally ill people (Like Phoenix's character - which does exist IRL). This movie has the potential to give the last bit of confidence to mentally sick people and complete a**holes like those school shooters and the other random violence thugs.

11 hours ago, Sach4life said:

+1..felt like walking out in the first 5-10 minutes

 Lol absolute same. That pathetic message felt like it was covering the bottom 1/3rd of the screen. In my screen, to make things worse - many times the images were zoomed in, making the head or sides of the movie cut off. Pathetic cinema screen quality, especially for the high prices they charged. But then, the theater operators did agree to refund us the amount completely. So I guess I can't complain. Will watch the movie once again later on a better quality without those annoying ads. The movie deserves a repeat watch anyway.

 

One thing I still don't understand - why doesn't the govt. divest itself from ITC and put control on cigs instead of irritating us with these pathetic messages continuously? But shouldn't discuss this here I guess.

 

@Big Boss Ours was better. No one took photos at the movie like yours. But there was a fight to claim refund for the zoomed in movie, and people took pics of that.

 

And that too on Gandhi Jayanti. It really felt as Joker was there and enjoying every moment of it lol

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1 hour ago, Big Boss said:

Also wtf at this stupid trend about shooting or taking pics of the start of the movie and posting it on social media like a dumbass. Almost everyone did it and then kept checking their likes or views etc. People are getting stupider day by day due to social media.

would like to add constant phone ringing, people actually picking up calls and talking, random chit chatting

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Watched Joker last night. Thought it was decent.

While it has some really excellent cinematography, nice pacing and a great performance from Joaquin Phoenix, I was still left disappointed overall.

Like someone has already said, the story is definitely lacking and so is the characterization. The movie feels superficial, tame and also kinda juvenile at times, which I wouldn't have found issue with if the movie wasn't a self-serious drama.

Even when Joker does some terrible things in the movie, I was feeling indifferent to it all, which I really shouldn't be.

 

The movie definitely wears its inspirations on its sleeve which makes it impossible to not make direct comparisons to Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. And let me just say that it ends up coming across as more of a wannabe. This is probably pretty close to what a Bollywood remake of Taxi Driver would be like.

Unlike in those movies (or even in Nightcrawler), I didn't find the main character too compelling either. I was even left wondering if they had gone full-retard with him at times. I wasn't a fan of his "medical condition" plot device. It was overdone, over-the-top and just kinda lame. Nightcrawler's Lou Bloom was a much better and much more chilling sociopathic protagonist who actually made me feel uncomfortable with how sick he could get.

 

I really wanted to love this movie and was hoping it would take its place alongside TDK and Logan. But sadly, that wasn't the case for me.

All that said, I guess the movie still kept me entertained for most of its duration and it does have a few great moments. So it's definitely still watchable.

There is one bit in particular towards the end which gave me goosebumps for 4-5 seconds straight. The imagery and the accompanying background music were pretty awesome!

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Agreed

 

What they should do is make a sequel with more him in the Joker character. I haven't felt such goosebumps in the last 20 or so minutes in a long time, What would work for the sequel is you are more attached to the character than ever before.

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1 hour ago, STICK3Rboy said:

Watched Joker last night. Thought it was decent.

While it has some really excellent cinematography, nice pacing and a great performance from Joaquin Phoenix, I was still left disappointed overall.

Like someone has already said, the story is definitely lacking and so is the characterization. The movie feels superficial, tame and also kinda juvenile at times, which I wouldn't have found issue with if the movie wasn't a self-serious drama.

Even when Joker does some terrible things in the movie, I was feeling indifferent to it all, which I really shouldn't be.

 

The movie definitely wears its inspirations on its sleeve which makes it impossible to not make direct comparisons to Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. And let me just say that it ends up coming across as more of a wannabe. This is probably pretty close to what a Bollywood remake of Taxi Driver would be like.

Unlike in those movies (or even in Nightcrawler), I didn't find the main character too compelling either. I was even left wondering if they had gone full-retard with him at times. I wasn't a fan of his "medical condition" plot device. It was overdone, over-the-top and just kinda lame. Nightcrawler's Lou Bloom was a much better and much more chilling sociopathic protagonist who actually made me feel uncomfortable with how sick he could get.

 

I really wanted to love this movie and was hoping it would take its place alongside TDK and Logan. But sadly, that wasn't the case for me.

All that said, I guess the movie still kept me entertained for most of its duration and it does have a few great moments. So it's definitely still watchable.

There is one bit in particular towards the end which gave me goosebumps for 4-5 seconds straight. The imagery and the accompanying background music were pretty awesome!

The movie was lacking memorable dialogies/scenes like the "you talking to me" scene in taxi driver. I think some internal monologue like taxi driver would've helped. The movie was going for more visual storytelling which also worked to some extent. 

 

I believe this movie will definitely get better with repeat viewings. The scenes were very rich in detail. Right now it's a solid 8/10 for me. However, phoenix's performance is very one of the best. 

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15 minutes ago, adity said:

The movie was lacking memorable dialogies/scenes like the "you talking to me" scene in taxi driver. I think some internal monologue like taxi driver would've helped. The movie was going for more visual storytelling which also worked to some extent. 

 

I believe this movie will definitely get better with repeat viewings. The scenes were very rich in detail. Right now it's a solid 8/10 for me. However, phoenix's performance is very one of the best. 

 

I frankly considered this movie an actual example of "Show; Don't Tell". That is the hallmark of good acting and the movie is far more better for it. Most of the movies these days generally go for the opposite "Keep on Telling; Don't Show". Thus you see tons of sarcastic dialogue, so called memorable one-liners that are excellent for making memes out of etc.

 

Here, just observe the character. Would love to discuss more but can't discuss it much without spoilers. Simply see Phoenix. Observe him throughout the movie. And observe him when he finally becomes the Joker. There is no corny one-liners like "Let's Burn everything" or anything else. But just see his body language and his face. Just from that, you can actually see that he is going more and more down until finally you know that he is too far gone. There is no coming back anymore.

 

Hence, this is a movie that must be seen. And it can be seen multiple times. The face and the body tells the story here. Not the mouth. Just like good live dramas, where the actors have to perfectly act and can't rely on just the dialogue.

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1 hour ago, roun90 said:

 

I frankly considered this movie an actual example of "Show; Don't Tell". That is the hallmark of good acting and the movie is far more better for it. Most of the movies these days generally go for the opposite "Keep on Telling; Don't Show". Thus you see tons of sarcastic dialogue, so called memorable one-liners that are excellent for making memes out of etc.

 

Here, just observe the character. Would love to discuss more but can't discuss it much without spoilers. Simply see Phoenix. Observe him throughout the movie. And observe him when he finally becomes the Joker. There is no corny one-liners like "Let's Burn everything" or anything else. But just see his body language and his face. Just from that, you can actually see that he is going more and more down until finally you know that he is too far gone. There is no coming back anymore.

 

Hence, this is a movie that must be seen. And it can be seen multiple times. The face and the body tells the story here. Not the mouth. Just like good live dramas, where the actors have to perfectly act and can't rely on just the dialogue.

Yes that's why I said it'll get better with subsequent viewings. There is a lot going on in every scene. 

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2 hours ago, adity said:

 The movie was going for more visual storytelling which also worked to some extent.

 

1 hour ago, roun90 said:

I frankly considered this movie an actual example of "Show; Don't Tell".

 

Did you guys watch a different cut of the movie or something? :lol:

Coz I thought Joker, for the most part, is quite the opposite of "Show; Don't Tell".

It can't help itself from trying to explain everything through expository dialogue. It literally has the main character spell out even the most obvious of things to the viewer.

I personally don't mind it much and I can see why they did it (the movie is intended for mainstream audiences after all), but I could still tell that it was done to an extent that some might consider as insulting to their intelligence.

 

There are a couple of minor things that the movie leaves to the audiences. But they have so little impact on the story that it just feels tacked on. You wonder why it was even done in the first place other than for pretense.

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1 hour ago, STICK3Rboy said:

 

 

Did you guys watch a different cut of the movie or something? :lol:

Coz I thought Joker, for the most part, is quite the opposite of "Show; Don't Tell".

It can't help itself from trying to explain everything through expository dialogue. It literally has the main character spell out even the most obvious of things to the viewer.

I personally don't mind it much and I can see why they did it (the movie is intended for mainstream audiences after all), but I could still tell that it was done to an extent that some might consider as insulting to their intelligence.

 

There are a couple of minor things that the movie leaves to the audiences. But they have so little impact on the story that it just feels tacked on. You wonder why it was even done in the first place other than for pretense.

 

Mind sharing some examples of this?

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1 minute ago, Sach4life said:

Mind sharing some examples of this?

 

Off the top of my head:

 
 
 
 
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The entire exposition-heavy talk show scene at the end where the Joker explains his motivations and even all his character traits.

The twist where it is revealed that his crush was never with him at all. They had to go and show a few scenes she was in and show her disappearing to "make us understand" that she was never really there.

The part where he explains why he ends up calling himself "Joker".

The bit where he has to point out to the midget that he's letting him go coz he was the only one nice to him.

 

 

4 minutes ago, Sach4life said:

It was done well and i don't think it was something which i would explain as 'insulting intelligence'

 

It would be insulting intelligence because the movie assumes that people are dumb enough to not understand those obvious things otherwise and hence has to spell it out to us.

I don't see how it was done well because it is basically the movie equivalent of someone condescendingly and slowly explaining something obvious to you.

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41 minutes ago, STICK3Rboy said:

 

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The entire exposition-heavy talk show scene at the end where the Joker explains his motivations and even all his character traits.

The twist where it is revealed that his crush was never with him at all. They had to go and show a few scenes she was in and show her disappearing to "make us understand" that she was never really there.

The part where he explains why he ends up calling himself "Joker".

The bit where he has to point out to the midget that he's letting him go coz he was the only one nice to him.

 

 

 

It would be insulting intelligence because the movie assumes that people are dumb enough to not understand those obvious things otherwise and hence has to spell it out to us.

I don't see how it was done well because it is basically the movie equivalent of someone condescendingly and slowly explaining something obvious to you.

 

 

Apart from the imaginary relationship angle, i fail to see how any of those examples are valid. They way he tells that midget that he has been nice to him had nothing to do with explaining his actions to the audience (as it was pretry self explanatory) and more to do with theJoker telling it to the midget. If i was in that situation, i might have said that exact same thing. Same goes for that Joker dialogue and the climax. He is a psycho and it made total sense for him to go on that monologue to justify his actions to the world instead of not saying anything. It made total sense in the context of how he is as a character, regardless of how self explanatory it was for the audience.

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6 hours ago, STICK3Rboy said:

Watched Joker last night. Thought it was decent.

While it has some really excellent cinematography, nice pacing and a great performance from Joaquin Phoenix, I was still left disappointed overall.

Like someone has already said, the story is definitely lacking and so is the characterization. The movie feels superficial, tame and also kinda juvenile at times, which I wouldn't have found issue with if the movie wasn't a self-serious drama.

Even when Joker does some terrible things in the movie, I was feeling indifferent to it all, which I really shouldn't be.

 

The movie definitely wears its inspirations on its sleeve which makes it impossible to not make direct comparisons to Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. And let me just say that it ends up coming across as more of a wannabe. This is probably pretty close to what a Bollywood remake of Taxi Driver would be like.

Unlike in those movies (or even in Nightcrawler), I didn't find the main character too compelling either. I was even left wondering if they had gone full-retard with him at times. I wasn't a fan of his "medical condition" plot device. It was overdone, over-the-top and just kinda lame. Nightcrawler's Lou Bloom was a much better and much more chilling sociopathic protagonist who actually made me feel uncomfortable with how sick he could get.


Completely agree. Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy were in a different league altogether.

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18 minutes ago, Sach4life said:

 

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Apart from the imaginary relationship angle, i fail to see how any of those examples are valid. They way he tells that midget that he has been nice to him had nothing to do with explaining his actions to the audience (as it was pretry self explanatory) and more to do with theJoker telling it to the midget. If i was in that situation, i might have said that exact same thing. Same goes for that Joker dialogue. What exactly was wrong in that? He wanted to announce to the world that he is the Joker. What exactly is the issue in that? Same goes for the climax. He is psycho and it made total sense for him to go on that monologue to justify his actions to the world instead of not saying anything. It made total sense in the context of how he is as a character, regardless of how self explanatory it was for the audience.

 

 
 
 
 
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The midget thing was more of a criticism on the implications of the dialogue on his motivation. With just one dialogue, they attempted to boil his motivation down to "I hurt people who are not nice to me", which is too simple and dumbed down and reduces Joker to just another mentally ill guy who was bullied and is now seeking revenge. In a way, it kind of disservices the movie itself. It's lazy writing.

The Joker dialogue is where he explains that he calls himself Joker because De Niro's character had called him a joker. Another piece of lazy writing, which again tries to boil things down into an easily understandable bit of information for the audience and in the process just simplifies things further. 

And regarding the climax, how does it make sense for him as a character to justify his actions to the world? A world which he himself has given up on and has written off as something which is crazy and devoid of empathy. Do you think he is the kind of character who feels he owes an explanation to the world? What do you think he seeks to achieve by justifying his actions? It was plain and simple a scene meant as exposition for the audience and it was quite evident.

 

 

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The midget thing was more of a criticism on the implications of the dialogue on his motivation. With just one dialogue, they attempted to boil his motivation down to "I hurt people who are not nice to me", which is too simple and dumbed down and reduces Joker to just another mentally ill guy who was bullied and is now seeking revenge. In a way, it kind of disservices the movie itself. It's lazy writing.
The Joker dialogue is where he explains that he calls himself Joker because De Niro's character had called him a joker. Another piece of lazy writing, which again tries to boil things down into an easily understandable bit of information for the audience and in the process just simplifies things further. 
And regarding the climax, how does it make sense for him as a character to justify his actions to the world? A world which he himself has given up on and has written off as something which is crazy and devoid of empathy. Do you think he is the kind of character who feels he owes an explanation to the world? What do you think he seeks to achieve by justifying his actions? It was plain and simple a scene meant as exposition for the audience and it was quite evident.
 

 

I don't think it was meant for the audience at all. It was pretty evident through out, and the only reason why they did it because it made sense foe the character. Yes, i absolutely think it made sense for him to talk so much and explain everything at this point when he has just turned into a Joker. It made total sense in my opinion. Had it been 2 years after he turned one, i would have agreed with your point.

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