Dir: Todd Phillips. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy, Zazie Beetz, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Marc Maron. Cert tbc, 118 mins.
A part of me found Todd Phillips’s radical rethinking of the Batman villain Joker thrillingly uncompromising and hair-raisingly timely. Another thinks it should be locked in a strongbox then dropped in the ocean and never released.
Make no mistake, this is a film that is going to stir up trouble – in the consciences of everyone who watches it, and almost certainly in the outside world as well.
The dizzy, punch-drunk atmosphere after this morning’s loudly applauded screening at the Venice Film Festival mirrored the mood when Fight…