Joker review – a thrilling rendition but no masterpiece

Joker is a gritty and thrilling contemporary adaptation with an awards worthy performance from Joaquin Phoenix. A disturbing and demented origin story that breaks down the iconic Batman villain and strips him raw. What we're left with is a frail, damaged and vulnerable member of a failed society... Even so, the film doesn't break as much ground as one might expect. 

Be2Can 2017: You Were Never Really Here review – Joaquin Phoenix and a hammer

Lynne Ramsay's hallucinatory revenge drama seems like a quiet tribute to Taxi Driver, with a wonderfully raw and stripped down performance from Joaquin Phoenix. There's a welcoming focus on primitive emotion rather than balls-out action.