Joker, a movie about a mentally ill aspiring comedian who turns to acts of violence (that also happens to be based on one of the most popular comic book characters ever created), was originally released October 4, 2019. Since then, it’s inspired dozens of thinkpieces, made tons of money, and provoked equal parts adulation and vitriol. However, on the heels of the Academy making its mainstream love of Joker official with 11 Oscar nominations, Warner Bros. is jumping back into all of it again.
For one week only, you can go see Joker on the big screen, and find some new opinions lurking within any margins you missed.
The Todd Phillips-directed, Joaquin Phoenix-starring film was recently released on digital and blu-ray. But when it comes to seeing skin-itchingly grimy depictions of a 1980s-New-York-esque Gotham City, and monstrous people committing acts of violence through it, you just can’t beat the big screen.
Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., put the appeal of a Joker re-release like this: “With the continued interest in ‘Joker’ as a result of its recognition during this exciting awards season, we wanted to give audiences the chance to see the film on the big screen, whether for the first time or again.”
Joker returns to theaters this weekend and runs until January 24.