I greatly respect Todd Phillips’ Joker, and feel that Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is both extraordinary, as well as award-quality, but while I love dark films, Joker was a bit on the nihilistic side for my taste.
Beautifully shot by Lawrence Sher, with blacks that are occasionally darker than black, it’s an extremely welcome release from WB on 4k.
Projected, as one might expect, the black levels don’t quite hit their intended mark, but the film still works visually, and the Dolby Atmos track knocks it out of the park.
On a Sony OLED, it another beast entirely, with gorgeous rich, inky blacks, and colors that drip off the screen.
Not loving a film doesn’t mean that one can’t sit back, and appreciate the look and feel of it. And Joker allows that in spades.
While not a collector of slipcovers, the design for Joker is extremely impressive, and one that shouldn’t go in the trash. It’s dark, and along with the black case, beautifully replicates the look of the film it contains.
As modern film releases go in 2020, there won’t be many as beautifully mastered as Joker.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Very Highly Recommended
As modern film releases go in 2020, there won't be many as beautifully mastered as Joker.