You get to see a whole new side of the Joker with this one, and it's not a bad side either...
The filming's fantastic, it feels like the Batman universe in a whole new light, a both brighter and darker one, maybe more authentic that way, and though Joaquin Phoenix has certain facial features and face paint that maybe makes him not look entirely Joker-like (not like the ones before him at least) he plays the role gloriously. Did they have to stick him in an asylum at the end though? Too edgy to let him roam free and end with the fires?
I started watching this one when I was a bit depressed, and actually let it be till later since it seemed like it might take me over some kind of edge but... when I saw the rest of it in a better mood it suddenly didn't come across so dark after all. Maybe it was just the start.
It's violent and gritty and savage but not so dark as I expected. The Joker comes across as more of a good guy than not, just abandoned, just mistreated, just a little little looney... but in the end it seems he's seeing life in a whole new light! And with a smile. So maybe it's worth the while.
Don't think this is the moral I should be getting from this but: it ain't so bad after all. Not life. Nor this movie.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle