'Joker' Film Gets Poor Reviews, Makes Big Money
The long awaited Joker opened Friday in theaters across America.
If you have not heard, the movie is the latest examination of the Joker character, a 1940 creation of DC Comics. Joker is an especially tricky criminal, who serves as an enemy to the superhero Batman.
Filmmakers have been creating "origin" stories for the Joker character for years. This latest effort, directed by Todd Phillips, took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Yet, many American and British movie critics are laughing at the film -- and not in a good way.
Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a man with a brain problem that makes him laugh uncontrollably. Often it happens in situations when others might cry or react differently. People do not understand his behavior.
He dreams of being a stand-up comedian and making audiences laugh. But after being beaten and mistreated by strangers, Arthur launches into a life of a murderous criminal.
Many American movie critics have praised Phoenix's performance. Rolling Stone magazine said the word "phenomenal" was too small to describe the actor's work in Joker. Variety, a film industry trade publication, called Phoenix's performance "astonishing."
However, opinion on the movie overall is less favorable.
Atlantic Magazine's David Sims writes that as the movie turns to "bloody violence, it becomes little more than a horror show."
The headline of Time magazine's review of the film reads: "Joker wants to be a movie about the emptiness of our culture. Instead, it's a prime example of it."
There is praise as well.
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times calls the film a, "dark, intense, well-photographed examination of a damaged and dangerous" person.
Joker caused some fear and debate in America leading up to its release. Some argued that the film's social commentary could incite violence.
Its historical context could be a reason. In 2012, a gunman in the U.S. state of Colorado attacked a theater full of people gathered for a showing of the movie The Dark Knight Rises, another Joker origin story. The violence left 12 people dead and more than seventy others injured.
On Thursday, national security agencies warned about possible violence at the opening weekend of Joker. They expressed concern about online messages calling for mass shootings at theaters that show the film.
Later that night, Joker played in a limited number of theaters and earned more than $13 million in ticket sales. It broke the record set last year for Thursday pre-opening movie showings in the month of October.
I'm Caty Weaver.
1.national security 国家安全
The government says the detentions are necessary on national security grounds.
2.movie critics 影评员
Her writing career began in Shanghai by writing theater and movie critics for the western newspapers.
3.serves as 担任
He serves as a clerk in a bank.
4.in a good way 以良好的方式
City life is too fast sometimes, but that can be exciting in a good way, too.
5.Joker caused some fear and debate in America leading up to its release.
leading up to 在...之前
I'm leading up to something quite important.
They had a series of arguments, leading up to a decision to separate.
6.It broke the record set last year for Thursday pre-opening movie showings in the month of October.
broke the record 打破纪录
You really broke the record, that's amazing!
She broke the record for the half-mile run.
如果你还没有听过，可以通过这部新电影了解小丑这一角色 。该角色是1940年DC漫画创作的 。小丑是一个特别狡猾的罪犯，是超级英雄蝙蝠侠的敌人 。
多年来，电影制片人一直在创作小丑的“起源”故事 。这部由托德·菲利普斯执导的最新作品在威尼斯电影节上获得了金狮奖 。
华金·菲尼克斯饰演小丑亚瑟·弗莱克 。由于小丑脑部曾受创伤，所以会不受控制地发出笑声 。通常发生在别人可能会哭泣或者做出不同反应的情况下 。人们不理解他的这一行为 。
他梦想着成为一个可以给观众带来欢笑的脱口秀喜剧演员 。但是在被陌生人殴打和虐待之后，亚瑟开始了凶残的犯罪生活 。
许多美国影评人纷纷称赞菲尼克斯的表演 。《滚石杂志》评价称，“非凡的”一词不足以形容这位演员在小丑中的精湛演技 。电影业贸易刊物《综艺》称菲尼克斯的表演“令人称奇” 。
《时代》杂志对这部电影的评论标题是：“《小丑》的初衷是展示我们文化的空白 。相反，却意外打开了一个新世界 。”
在发布之前，《小丑》在美国引起了一些恐慌和争议 。一些人认为这部电影的社会评论可能会煽动暴力 。
其历史背景可能是原因之一 。2012年，美国科罗拉多州的一个枪手袭击了一家影院 。当时，剧院里挤满了观看电影《黑暗骑士崛起》的观众，这是关于小丑起源的另一个故事 。这起暴力事件造成12人死亡，70多人受伤 。
周四，国家安全机构警告称，在《小丑》首映周末可能会出现暴力 。他们对网上呼吁在放映该片的影院制造大规模枪击案的信息表示担忧 。
那天晚上晚些时候，《小丑》在少数几家影院上映，票房收入超过1300万美元 。它打破了去年10月周四电影点映的纪录 。