As the Oscars approach, awards chatter is coming to a close. We’ve seen mostly the same people win acting awards this whole season, but I think it’s time to give recognition to some performances which have fallen by the wayside at the expense of the favorites.
As you’ve likely heard, we live in a society where a large scale character study that is seen by mass audiences probably won’t be seen unless it’s connected to a large IP. Joker in particular was at least a movie that is interesting and seems to be building to large statements about mental health and society until it remembers it is a comic book movie in its third act. This is when the subtle references to the large Batman universe become overt and take control of the plot.