Joker is the 329th episode of Screen Junkies comedy series Honest Trailers. It was written by Spencer Gilbert, Joe Starr, Dan Murrell, Danielle Radford and Lon Harris. It was narrated by Jon Bailey as Epic Voice Guy. It parodies the 2019 film Joker. It was published on January 21 2020, to coincide with the film's release of digital/Blu-ray. It is 6 minutes and 23 seconds long. It has been viewed over 3 million times.
"A Mumblecore/Scorsese riff about the world's saddest clown." ~ Honest Trailers - Joker.
From the studio who won't release the Snyder cut and this guy... (Todd Philips in Road Trip: "I'm sorry, you have the most beautiful feet.") comes a period piece about psychological and social decay with the bare minimum of Batman it took to get the movie made. (the scene of the Waynes getting murdered by a clown-masked thug) There, look! With the pearls and everything! Happy?
Prepare for a film the media set as too dangerous for you to see, which made audiences way more excited than regular marketing ever could have, cruising its way to a billion dollars on a $55 million budget because it got hype like a cinematic fear toxin that it would turn you into the Joker, even though it ended up being a mumblecore Scorsese riff about the world's saddest clown. (Arthur Fleck laugh-crying) Hey, I wish movies turned you into the protagonist! I've been watching Iron Man for 12 years and I'm still a moron!
Journey to 1980s Gotham, where the garbage is high, the clown rental business is booming, and everything is yellow. From the urban squalor, a joker will rise in Arthur Fleck, and if Marvel is known for making their heroes get ripped, DC will one-up them by making their star get ribs. He's a loner who deserves all your sympathy for being poor and mentally ill, but earns all of your contempt for being a viral video star and wannabe comedian. He's got the faded hoodie and everything. Dude looks like he's about to ask you to do his podcast. Go back to the oven, Mikey piece of sh*t! Boo!
Some Jokers are in it for the ego, some just want to watch the world burn, now this version is here to teach you a lesson: you should show more compassion for the mentally ill or they'll snap and kill you! Hey, wait a minute...
But this Joker has a few unique tricks up his sleeve, like the superhuman capacity to... bathe the elderly, sleep in a refrigerator, and instead of writing 'Damaged' on his forehead, just damaging his forehead. Yikes! You better fight Batman quick, before he turns 12 and overpowers you!
Experience a film with one of the all-time great Joaquin Phoenix gangly loner performances, and one of the, let's say, third most uncomfortable Joaquin Phoenix interviews. ("I'm Not Here" Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman, and "I have a large frog in my hair? No? Something's falling out of my scalp!") That shows off one of the greatest actors of our generations incredible range, from laughing normally, to laughing because of a medical condition, laughing maniacally, cry laughing, and every laugh in-between. Hey, you know you'd think a film that was 70 percent laughing and dancing would be more upbeat. But the other 30% is getting the crap kicked out of him. Wow!
Do you feel some type of way about society? This movie does. And the message is going to be in closer and bold just in case you missed it. Because the true villains of Joker are uncaring billionaires, misogynist Wall Street jerks, lack of government funding, ("The city's cut funding across the board, Social Services is part of that.") and easy access to guns ("You got to protect yourself out there!")... so wait, it wasn't an incel rallying cry or an anti-SJW screed? How is it possible that every hot take about this movie was wrong, including the director's?
So enjoy a Joker movie that's such a thoughtful, challenging comic-book movie it almost qualifies as a movie movie. With a take on the iconic character that perfectly fits our current day and age, that isn't fun like the 60s, innocent like the 80s, grim like the 2000s or embarrassing like the 2010s, but exists less as a story than a piece of content - hysterically react to, then immediately forget until the next outrage comes along everybody. ("Everybody just yells and screams at each other") I'm so sick of the society! It makes me so mad I'm gonna lose it and do Joker stuff! Mom, get in the bath!
Starring: Moper (Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/Joker); They're All Gonna Laugh at You (Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck); Don't Trust Zazie in Apartment 8B (Because She's Imaginary) (Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond); You Are Not the Father (Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne); Lil' Wayne (Dante Pereira-Olson as Bruce Wayne); Don' You Go Rounin' Roun to Re Ro (Douglas Hodge as Alfred Pennyworth); I Heard You Paint Faces (Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin); Hey Arthur, Are We Cool? (Marc Maron as Gene Ufland); and... Stairs! (the staircase dance scene set to the Stares music)
Dance Dance Revolution
These finance guys know all the words to "Send in the Clowns"? A lot of late-night Sondheim sessions with the boys?
- Screen Junkies have made several other Honest Trailers for movies feature the character of Joker including Suicide Squad, The Dark Knight, Batman (1989), The Killing Joke and the 1966 Batman movie. See list of Honest Trailers for more.
Honest Trailers - Joker has a 96.3% approval rating from YouTube viewers. Spencer Perry of ComicBook.com labelled the Honest Trailer "funny" and said it "points out some of its [Joker's] shortcomings while also lifting up its strengths." Sam Stone of CBR.com said video was a "loving skewering" of the movie and its reception. The Poke described the Honest Trailer as "every bit as brutal as you'd expect." The site also wrote that Screen Junkies "don’t pull their punches and there are both laughs and depressingly true observations."
Dominic Smithers of Lad Bible found the video notable for its commentary on the movie's pre-release hype and marketing. Smithers wrote that the video questions "whether the film was quite as radical as it has been suggested. In short, their conclusion is that it really isn't. ... It then gets to work ripping apart the pretence that it is as original in any way as it claims to be, particularly picking on the fact that it became a box office hit and one of the most commercially successful movies of all time. As newspaper headlines then flash up on screen, the narrator cynically points out that by branding the film as 'dangerous' it got people 'way more excited than regular marketing'."
Production Credits Edit
Produced by: Spencer Gilbert, Joe Starr, Dan Murrell, & Max Dionne
Edited by: Randy Whitlock & Kevin Williamsen
Post-Production Supervisor: Emin Bassavand
Production Coordinator: Ryan O'Toole
- Joker Honest Trailer Mocks Pre-Release Controversy - ScreenRant article
- Joker Honest Trailer Laughs Loudly at the World's Saddest Clown - MovieWeb article
- Joker Honest Trailer: Everything is yellow! - Batman News article
- The Honest Trailers review of Joker is every bit as brutal as you’d expect - The Poke article
- ‘Joker’ Honest Trailer: A Mumblecore Riff on Martin Scorsese About the World’s Saddest Clown - SlashFilm article
- Joker Honest Trailer Praises the Film's Breakout Star - The Stairs - CBR.com.article
- DC's JOKER Gets the Honest Trailers Treatment - GeekTyrant article
- The ‘Honest Trailer’ For ‘Joker’ Is One Hilarious Truth Bomb After Another - BroBible article
- Joker Gets Skewered in Hilarious Honest Trailer After Record-Breaking 11 Oscar Nominations - People article
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- Joker Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment - ComicBook.com article