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Entertainment ‘Joker’: A Dance Critic Reviews Joaquin Phoenix’s Moves

07:05  16 october  2019
07:05  16 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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This article contains spoilers for “ Joker .”. The title character in “ Joker ” comes of age not in the way you might imagine — with a litany of wisecracks — but through the silent language of dance . It’s in that nonverbal place that Joaquin Phoenix ’ s performance

New York Times dance critic Gia Kourlas calls Phoenix "a great dancer ," and says "it has There’s a scene in “ Joker ” where Joaquin Phoenix ’ s Arthur Fleck dashes into a rancid public bathroom after a “It’s not just the way he moves , with uncultivated finesse — dreamily, animalistic, like a rock star.

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The title character in “Joker” comes of age not in the way you might imagine — with a litany of wisecracks — but through the silent language of dance. It’s in that nonverbal place that Joaquin Phoenix’s performance, along with Hildur Gudnadottir’s melancholy score, wraps the film in unmanageable sorrow.

You can’t completely banish your true self when you dance; Arthur Fleck is still somewhere inside of Mr. Phoenix, even after Arthur transforms himself into the Joker. What makes Mr. Phoenix’s performance so confusingly poignant — and not just a tale of good vs. evil — is the way in which he has essentially placed two characters within one dancing body.

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Just as the Joker takes control with strutting, confident steps — his ultra-erect posture makes it seem as if he’s looking down on the rest of the world — dance allows Arthur, brittle with tension, to relax. To melt a little. To float in space.

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“Joker” has divided critics, but there’s one thing they agree on: Mr. Phoenix is a great dancer. They’re right. It’s not just the way he moves, with uncultivated finesse — dreamily, animalistic, like a rock star. Or how, when he stretches his arms out side to side, he evokes the ghosts of Jim Morrison or Brandon Lee in “The Crow.” It has more to do with the nuanced way his body can express emotion; you see the mind at work, and because of that the dancing enters another realm.

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In the film, directed by Todd Phillips with choreography by Michael Arnold, Arthur, who suffers from mental illness and is damaged from abuse and bullying, works as a party clown. An aspiring stand-up comedian, he finds comfort in watching a talk show hosted by Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro). But Murray turns out to be a bully, too.

Dance is Arthur’s escape, his life force. The first time he dances isn’t in the pivotal scene in a grimy public bathroom, after he’s committed his first murders. It’s in the apartment he shares with his mother as “Shall We Dance,” the 1937 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film, plays on the television. The number is “Slap That Bass”: “The world is in a mess/with politics and taxes/and people grinding axes/there’s no happiness.”

Arthur, shirtless and in jeans that hang loosely around his hips, has little joy. But as he starts to move, gun in hand, his arms drift above his head. He seems more confident. He sways from side to side and holds a conversation with himself as if on a talk show.

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There are many reasons why Joaquin Phoenix ’ s Joker is different than any previous interpretation of the legendary DC Comics villain, but one aspect is the way in which he moves – or, more specifically, the way he dances . Obviously this isn’t the first big screen version of the character to show off some

“Hey, what’s your name?”

“Arthur.”

“Hey, Arthur, you’re a really good dancer.”

His arms float overhead to form something like a diamond crown. “I know.”

“You know who’s not? Him.”

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He aims his gun and fires at the imaginary him. The bullet hits a wall and in that moment, Arthur is both alarmed and exhilarated: Dance is his path to bravery, something he’s never known. As Arthur recedes and the Joker takes over, the choreography becomes more drawn out. In the transformative bathroom scene, panic morphs into an eerie power. Mr. Phoenix softly crosses one foot over the other and twists, curling his arms overhead and around his torso. His shoulders hike up and his elbows jut out dangerously as his body ripples and swells until, in the final moment, his arms extend to either side. This is the Joker’s power pose.

Sometimes Mr. Phoenix, who lost a great deal of weight for “Joker,” has the look of a ballet dancer on a break from rehearsals. Pale and gaunt with wavy hair pasted to the sides of his face, his appearance, at times, has a touch of Rudolf Nureyev or Sergei Polunin — two Russians with attitude. His skin stretches tautly over muscles and protruding ribs. But it’s not just a cosmetic transformation. Nor is what he does ballet. Mr. Phoenix has the sinewy ability to turn his body — particularly his back — into a Butoh horror show of odd, freakish angles.

But more than Butoh — the postwar Japanese form known, in part, for its dark, slow-motion movement — his dancing embraces vaudeville. That makes sense. Growing up, Mr. Phoenix spent time busking with his brothers and sisters in Los Angeles; vaudeville is in his body’s history, too. And while he told The Associated Press that Ray Bolger’s “The Old Soft Shoe” was an inspiration for the hubris of the Joker, there’s also something of Astaire in his movement, especially in the way he creates lightness and space in his upper body.

Yet Mr. Phoenix’s dancing also feels fueled by sensation, as if he were delving into Gaga, the movement language created by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.

That vocabulary is driven by imagery. In a Gaga class, participants respond to physical instructions, like moving while imagining that their spine is made of seaweed — if you’re embarrassed or holding back, it doesn’t work. (There are no mirrors in class.) Mr. Phoenix may not be practicing Gaga, but he seems to understand the difference between skin and flesh. It’s subtle, but different.

Gaga can veer from bizarre to sensuous to tactile, and is about, as Mr. Naharin has said, finding a connection to groove. As the Joker, Mr. Phoenix nails that when dancing down a steep outdoor staircase, kicking his legs on each step in full-body revelry. Instead of being kicked, he’s the one doing the kicking. It’s a dance of empowerment.

“Joker,” which continually blurs reality, seems less a linear tale than a sequence of dances knitted together with dialogue. In the end, Arthur, though handcuffed, has a song in his head and a spring to his step. As he disappears down a pristine white hallway, he uses what mobility he has — his shoulders, which creep up and down to Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.” His feet leave bloody tracks behind, like the footprints in an Arthur Murray diagram. Are the names in the film — Mr. Phoenix’s Arthur and Mr. DeNiro’s Murray — a coincidence?

In any case, the last dance is one of liberation: As long as he can move, he’s free. And Mr. Phoenix knows how to move. His dancing is no joke.

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