There are certain characters that turned out to be synonymous with the actors playing that role. whenever you consider Tony Stark, you consider Robert Downey Jr. Whenever you envision Thor, you envision Chris Hemsworth. You can’t consider any other person playing Harvey Specter, then Gabriel Macht. Correspondingly, Joker, for all of us, can only be played by Heath Ledger.

Until now. 

When I had first found out about Joaquin Phoenix taking the role of Joker half a month back, my first response had been, “That is a lofty aspiration.” Even considering playing a character which has been praised worldwide as a rare masterpiece, requires huge guts. 

Joker was an amazingly difficult character to play. Nonetheless, Joaquin Phoenix has not just done full justice to the role of Joker but has conveyed an incredible performance of a lifetime.

There have been mixed reviews of the Joker, however, assessment of Phoenix’s performance are most certainly not. As to what he was attempting to do with the character—which may at present be subjective relying upon your response to the film in general—he nailed every damaged nuance. What’s more, in a job that up to this time has been a supporting one, albeit as the foreman of the conflict that makes Batman run, Phoenix has managed to make something new.

The movie is about mental illness, explicitly about what happens when society — Gotham, or perhaps our own — thinks so minimal about its natives that it removes programs that help them remain healthy (Arthur is on seven undefined prescriptions).

“Joker” pauses to think about how horrible it would be not to know whether you can confide in your very own judgment, yet when funding cuts force Arthur to go off his drugs, he’s in so much torment that he persuades himself that he has been liberated to be the individual he always was intended to be. 

“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t,” he writes in his diary, just before propelling a gruesome crime spree that shows that he is done pretending. Cut off from the medicines that could treat it, Arthur turns into his malady. 

Phoenix has demonstrated flexibility in everything from the sweet “Her” to last year’s vicious character  “You Were Never Really Here,” however there, for the most part, is a delicateness in his performances, an ethereal quality that is almost missing in “Joker.”

Arthur Fleck, as most of Phoenix’s characters, is delicate yet sometimes full of boldness, chillingly still at different occasions, strangely entertaining (usually when would- be funny Arthur isn’t attempting to be) and constantly powered by wrath. Director Todd Phillips did an awesome job in casting Phoenix, and he was confident to realize that the actor has gotten so deep inside this role that everything he does, up to and including a homicidal rumba, feels right.

How Joaquin’s Joker different from the other jokers 

Joker’s story has changed as the profundities the movies were eager to go to uncover the causes of his corruption have developed:

In Tim Burton’s Batman, Jack Nicholson’s Joker starts off as a cutthroat criminal named Jack Napier, who as a youngster slaughtered Bruce Wayne’s folks and decades later falls into a tank of chemicals during a run-in with Batman and gets a perma-grin because of botched plastic surgery. 

Ledger’s Joker—who apparently appears suddenly, with not even a label in his coat to verify his roots—says in Nolan’s The Dark Knight that his dad cut the unhinged scoff into his face when he was a kid, in the wake of killing his mom in front of him. Thus, it was constantly a senselessly merciless world for him and he would make a valiant effort to ensure nobody got away unharmed.

In Phillips’ Joker, Phoenix starts off as the from the start disgracefully unbalanced and then hazardously unhinged Arthur Fleck, a yearning stand-up comedian and recluse who lives with his feeble mother.

During the time spent getting his huge break as a performer self-named “Joker,” he had a revelation that Gotham City—a microcosm of the world everywhere—is off its rocker. So why not grasp and nourish the chaos?

“There’s so many different ways of looking at it,” Phoenix said of his Joker. “You can either say here’s somebody who, like everybody, needed to be heard and understood and to have a voice. Or you can say this is somebody that disproportionately needs a large quantity of people to be fixated on him. His satisfaction comes as he stands in amongst the madness.”