Film enthusiasts were surprised when Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar Best Actor 2020. This evoked a lot of reactions from different fans and critics as well. Well, there might be a great reason behind their review, but one thing everyone knows for sure is that his award made the movie more popular than before. So, what are the Joker reviews after Joaquin Phoenix won Oscar best actor 2020? This article will try and answer this question that most film lovers would not know about.
Joaquin Phoenix Reaction after Winning Best Actor 2020
It seems that winning the Oscar best actor 2020 caught Joaquin Phoenix by surprise. This was entirely unexpected since Heath Ledger had won a posthumous award about a decade ago for playing the same role. Well, most people would agree that Heath Ledger put on a good show in his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight film, but unfortunately, his demise denied him an opportunity to feature in another movie.
All the same, Joaquin Phoenix took the role perfectly well and brought something close to Heath Ledger’s performance. This explains his impassioned speech after receiving his award during the 92nd Oscars award. In his remarks, Joaquin made an impassioned plea to the human race to stop fighting each other and plundering human resources. He also particularly placed a lot of emphasis on the cruelty involved in industrial dairy farming. He also quoted a lyric written by his late brother, River Phoenix, in his closing remarks “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”
His remarks are quite confusing, and every fan has a different view of them. One would arguably consider that he made the remarks out of his vegan lifestyle and the kind of considerations that they advocate for. On the other hand, others would argue that he was trying to advocate for justice in all aspects, following the experiences that the Joker went through, which turned him to the villain everyone knows about. Either way, there is some sense in both arguments, but only one thing that everyone can agree with is that Joaquin was trying to use his stage to advocate for something bigger than his involvement in the Joker.
Critics Review of the Joker as the Film
Back to the movie, there are both positive and negative reviews about it. Definitely, it was pretty hard to determine whether the movie would stir various reactions from the viewers. However, with the release and awarding of its main actor, the film has undoubtedly being a point of debate among movie lovers and critics as well.
On one side of the story, there is a heap of praises from several fans who feel that the movie was quite amusing and exciting to watch. Most fans feel that the Joker has achieved more than what a mere comic-book movie could achieve. The Joker offers a stage that every superhero would like to achieve, which is moving from powerlessness to power, making one to be feared and to be cherished at the same time. It might seem to be the wrong way to inspire success, but Joaquin Phoenix has truly convinced a lot of fans that it is easy to escape from your darkness, although his approach does not reflect what we expect from the society.
Others would argue that Joaquin Phoenix was advocating for equality among people, especially those that are rejected by society. Otherwise, they might turn against the world and turn out to be a significant problem to deal with. This can be deduced from the speech he gave during the Oscar 2020 awards.
On the other side of the story, critics would argue that Joaquin’s involvement as the Joker was uncartoony and does not compare to Heath Ledger’s mysteriousness and originality. In Heath Ledger’s performance, the Joker emerges from a fall into a chemical vat, which explains the white skin, green hair, and rictus grin. On the other hand, Joaquin Phoenix turns to be the Joker after suffering humiliation and frustration due to various events of his life. Therefore, critics would argue that the sudden turn of events in both the jokers does not show continuity from preceding films and portrays a shallow act in Joaquin Phoenix’s role.
Nobody expected the Joker to be a blockbuster. However, with the surprise turn of events that followed from its release, it pretty clear that it has achieved the success it deserves. With various Academy nominations, awards, and a hefty profit, it is hard to hate the Joker, despite how negative other people might view it.
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