Joaquin Phoenix shows off all his ACTINGS as Arthur Fleck who provokes negative feelings wherever he goes. He has intenese isolation, is wilfully ill-treated and earns the enmity of all. His unresolved past and misery invites devastating consequences in this needless film which is entirely unnecessary and woeful.
Soon Arthur has dyed his hair green, picked up a gun and let his trove of personality disorders run free. This was an egregious failure, it's dull. Arthur has a baleful impact and a willingness to embrace catastrophe. There is an absence of a concrete plot and no discernble character development. There are fractious grave choices.
Arthur is constantly berated, even by the devastatingly unsympathetic Thomas Wayne. One doesn't see why the loss of Thomas Wayne and his unspeaking wife would make their son grow up to fight crime dressed as a bat. There is malice and a gradual drift into chaos. But this isn't satisfyingly lurid and one doesn't care about the wild ravings of the unhinged narcissist.
Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron of 'Glow' and Brett Cullen of 'Person Of Interest' co-star. Arthur becomes the homicidally insane Joker. A malevolently indifferent Gotham embraces nihilism. There are societal and personal pressures. The angry white man will never be under-estimated again.
The Dam Busters (1955)
The true story of the bombing raid on the German dams in WW2 using the bouncing bomb. Dull.