I was thinking about nostalgia’s ability to turn crap into gold. Somehow G vs K is better, acceptable, gets a free pass since we all have a history with the IP.
This is why Star Wars can churn out crap after crap after crap and everyone gobbles it up gladly.
We watched Joker tonight.
Now I’ll start by saying that I left all my preconceived notions about what this movie would be a the the door and dammit was I ever impressed. Obviously Joachim Phoenix is going to kill it because he’s Joachim Phoenix, but Todd Phillips who directed and co-wrote it similarly knocked it out of the park. I mean, this is the guy who did Old School and Starsky and Hutch and he absolutely owned my attention.
So the conversely part : this movie was not that well received by the critics. 68% on RT, which is not bad but compare that with that dogshit G vs K getting 75% and obviously something’s at work. And I wonder if it’s because Joker confounded expectations. Critics assumed it should fit into a nice little box and it very much didn’t. G vs K fit neatly into their expectations : yep it’s garbage but it’s fun garbage. And you had me at Mecha.
Anyways, kudos to the entire production staff on Joker. Every frame perfect. Every sound perfect. Why the hell did it take me so long to watch it?