Wait a sec... So this article begins "I won't see Joker. Not ever."
But in a Sept. 24 Collider article, "11 Best Joaquin Phoenix Performances, Ranked," the author, one Phil Pirrello, ranks Joker as #2 and lavishes praise on Phoenix's performance:
"Phoenix goes to deep, dark, nightmare-fueled places to portray Fleck’s descent into madness; there’s no emotional experience or pain Phoenix won’t explore as Fleck arcs from wannabe comic to deadly criminal. And while the movie’s hero worship of a violent murderer is problematic in this year of 2019 (do we really need a movie that roots for and laments this type of deranged anti-hero?), attention must be paid to Phoenix’s intense commitment to the material. Like Ledger before him, he gives each scene the exact amount of whatever it needs, resulting in the second time the role of Joker has given the comic book movie genre its greatest performance."
So... uh... what's up?
Actually, the spectacularly angry tone of this article shows why Joker matters. Any movie that reduces a writer to this kind of sputtering pearl-clutching mess is worth consideration. Thank god there are still studio movies taking these kinds of chances.
There are plenty of intelligent takedowns of Joker by knowledgeable, disciplined critics floating around the Internet. This is definitely not one of them.