Film review: Joker ***
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First things first: Joker is a trip, it’ll knock your socks off – and it’s also next-level in another way, a comic-book movie that throws off the shackles of comic-book movies. The Batman franchise is often said to be ‘dark’, but it’s still a fantastical, reassuringly phony kind of dark. Bruce Wayne’s gadgets and melodramatic back-story – plus of course the fact that he dresses in spandex – have dragged all previous Batman s, even the Very Serious ones, down to comic-book level. Joker is different, an origin story for Batman’s greatest nemesis that’s...
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