“Is It Me, Or Is It Getting Crazier Out There?”

Todd Phillips’ Joker movie receives its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival later today, but this morning Warner Bros released a final trailer.

Joaquin Phoenix is playing the Joker, and the trailer suggests this movie will be a gritty character-driven thriller.

Here’s the trailer:

The film will focus on Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian, driven to insanity in 1980’s Gotham City, and his transformation into a criminal mastermind.

He is joined by Zazie Beets, who will play his love interest, a cynical single mother called Sophie Dumond and Robert De Niro as a talk show host. Marc Maron, Brian Tyree Henry, Bill Camp, and Shea Whigham will also feature.

Early buzz out of the Toronto International Film Festival has been positive. Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey told Toronto Sun:

“It’s a really original take on comic book movies and on the Joker character in particular. It’s set in the late ’70s/early ’80s and it feels like it was made then. It’s gritty in its look. It has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it’s working with very populist material, it has great ambition.”

Joker will be released Worldwide on 4th October 2019.

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