“My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face”- This pretty much sets the tone for most of the trailer. A dispirited Joaquin Phoenix walks through the streets, an aura of hopelessness suffocating him. The rising crescendo of the trailer was perfect. This feels like something truly special. They have managed to capture the beautiful insanity of the Joker.
With the DCEU going much lighter, this standalone movie might prove to be the remedy for those wanting a little more darkness. Everything they have put out, from set photos and now this teaser has me very much excited to see what Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix do with this iconic character. This might be a silly thing to say, but this film is gonna be a massive, iconic hit. I can just feel it.
If you haven’t done so already, check out the teaser trailer below.
I know right? If like me you got chills when watching it, take a minute, compose yourself, as we are about to dive right back in!
As always we pick out the TOP 5 moments.
5 Things From The Trailer:
Before And After
This trailer tells a journey, and they have managed to pull off something so powerful in such a short space of time. And the first thing I take from this trailer is these two contrasting shots of Arthur and ‘The Joker’. In the beginning, when everything is going against him, he slowly climbs the steps. So timid, beaten down. The next time we see these steps he’s in full Joker form and dancing his newfound confidence all the way down them. In the first scene the night is drawing in, next time around the sun is rising. It’s such a simple visual way of bringing the character out of the darkness and into the light. This was so well done. It tells it’s own story in a matter of seconds.
Who Is He?
I’m very much in favour of the Joker’s origin being one of many possibilities. And here they have used some of that and folded it into the movie. We see the failed comedian, the failed clown, we see all these familiar guises, but I just sense that these are simply little parts of a much larger construct. I think they are going to have all of these little things slowly transform him. I can see him losing his mother (Frances Conroy) and love interest (Zazie Beetz), all these things grinding him down until he finally breaks. Until he reaches that perfect balance of clarity and insanity we have come to expect from ‘The Joker’.
Tears Of A Clown
This is probably my favourite shot out of the entire trailer. This is just an unbelievably powerful image. This was ‘The Joker’. Still in his discovery stage, but this seems to be one of the moments where he is nudged towards his destiny as the ‘Clown Prince of Crime’. It’s heartbreaking, menacing, beautiful, insidious and unpredictable. Everything that makes The Joker the unique character that he is. The cinematography in this movie looks simply incredible.
Here we see a young Bruce Wayne (Dante Pereira-Olson) looking sad at the gates, of what appears to be, Wayne Manor. Cue Arthur Fleck trying to put a smile on his face. There is little context to this scene, but with what the trailer gives away, it implies that this is soon after Bruce’s parents were killed. This is some chilling foreshadowing, seeing him force a smile on to a child’s face like this. Batman’s face. As much as I love Batman, I feel young Bruce will only be a tiny part of this movie. And rightfully so. It’s just a nice little extra on the side.
Here we see the final transformation of Arthur Fleck into The Joker. The trailer infers that this will be a film of discovery, of one man’s personal journey, packed full of heartache, loss and chaos. They replicate what I expect will be the pattern of the story. We have this down and out, confused person who develops and transforms over the course of the movie. Here we see the finished article. I love the design, it’s theatrical but grounded. It’s DIY, cheap yet at the same time sophisticated.
I truly cannot wait for this movie. This beautiful and emotional narrative is encased in stunning cinematography. The design and aesthetic of the film looks fantastic. The cast looks great, and I feel that Joaquin Phoenix is about to put in a career-best performance.
What was your favourite moment from the trailer? Let us know in the comments.