What’s Woker Than ‘Joker’? Film Critics Made Everything Political at Fall Festivals

  • Variety
What’s Woker Than ‘Joker’? Film Critics Made Everything Political at Fall Festivals
“Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?” asks Joaquin Phoenix, playing a deranged incel version of the DC supervillain in “Joker,” the unconventional comic book movie that’s sucked up much of the air from the fall festival circuit. Like an aggro caricature of the “involuntary celibates” who troll message boards online, he’s responding to a version of Gotham City that looks a lot like New York 30 years ago, circa the Central Park Five case, but he could just as well be describing the deluge of new movies flooding into the world between the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals and the way they’re being interpreted by critics high on the nitrous oxide of our time — critics who came with “knives out,” so to speak.

This new “Joker” claims not to be taking a specific stance (which couldn’t be further from the truth
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