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Joker Wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival


Joker looks like it’s going to be one hell of a film. The movie is getting lots of buzz, including Oscar talk, and has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joker pulled off a rare win for a major Hollywood studio production. It’s unprecedented for a “superhero” property. The film is an origin story of the classic Batman villain, though not set in any current comic universe and, as far as we know, not involving Batman.

The film nailed the buzz and has resulted in lots of discussions, including critical takes and dissections already.

The movie is being compared to Taxi Driver and said to capture the zeitgeist of today’s world. The film’s glorifying of violence, as well as a centralization of toxic masculinity, are some of the criticisms. It’s a film that will likely come to mean different things for different people and misread by many, much like Fight Club has in the years after its release.

The last two Golden Lion winners, The Shape of Water and Roma, both were nominated for “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards.

The film opens on October 4.