Joker

Synopsis: Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. Joker provides a possible origin story for the character; set in 1981, it follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into insanity and nihilism inspires a violent counter-cultural revolution against the wealthy in a decaying Gotham City. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles. Joker was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Films, and Joint Effort, in association with Bron Creative and Village Roadshow Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Todd Phillips
 
IMDB:
8.7
Year:
2019
2h 2m
$1.060 billion
4,606 Views


JOKER:

I've been using it as a journal,

but also a joke diary. Funny

thoughts or, or observations-- Did

I tell you I'm pursuing a career in

stand-up comedy?

She's half-listening as she flips through his journal.

SOCIAL WORKER:

No. You didn't.

JOKER:

I think I did.

3.

She doesn't respond, keeps flipping through his journal--

SOCIAL WORKER:

Oh yeah. Because of what your

mother said,-- about your purpose.

"To bring laughter and joy to the

world," right?

JOKER:

Right.

ANGLE ON JOURNAL, pages and pages of notes, all in neat,

angry-looking handwriting. Also, cut out photos from hardcore

pornographic magazines and some crude handmade drawings.

A flash of anger crosses Joker's face. We see him picking at

his right eyebrow, almost obsessively. Trying to stay calm.

His eyebrow is actually half-gone. Something he does a lot.

JOKER:

I didn't realize you wanted to read

it.

The social worker gives him a look, then reads something in

the pages that gives her pause.

SOCIAL WORKER:

(reading out loud)

"I just hope my death makes more

sense than my life."

She looks up at Joker. He just stares back. Lets it hang out

there for a beat.

Then he laughs a little, even though he doesn't think it's

funny--

JOKER:

Yeah. I mean, that's just--

SOCIAL WORKER:

Does my reading it upset you?

He leans in.

JOKER:

No. I just,-- some of it's

personal. You know?

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Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. Phillips began his career in 1993 and directed films in the 2000s such as Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, and School for Scoundrels. He came to prominence in the early 2010s for directing The Hangover film series. more…

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