I really tried with this one. I made it halfway. I’m not at all convinced the director of the repellent, mean-spirited bro-“comedy” The Hangover, Todd Phillips, is equipped for or interested in the responsible handling of the art or the issues he chooses to evoke in Joker. And yet, compelling things can come from earnest emulation and dive-bombing into deeper-than-ye-reckoned waters, so… eh?
I won’t wade into the hullaballoo – thankfully, here’s Now You See It to sit on the fence, perhaps not beside, but somewhere near me:
While opinions of the movie vary, there seems to be universal praise for two elements: the performance from Joaquin Phoenix; and the cinematography of Lawrence Sher – who offers a 15 minute masterclass, accessible to beginners, on colour in film: