The saving grace of quarantine

The coronavirus has been quite bad, to put it lightly. It’s brought most of the world to a standstill, wrecked the NHS and caused over 50,000 deaths around the world. Some of the biggest cities have turned into a real-life 28 Days Later, with parts of London and New York being transformed into mobile hospitals to care for those who are ill.

Summer has essentially been cancelled with festivals, sporting events and just about everything else being put off, either until a later date or outright cancelled.

What makes Heath Ledger’s and Juaquin Phoenix’s Joker performances so special yet so different?

To determine this, we must first look and understand that both Ledger and Phoenix are playing the character of the Joker at two very different times in his life. Phoenix plays the character of Arthur Fleck and shows how that character spiralled into madness and became the Joker. Whereas Ledger plays as he says ‘an agent of chaos’ the Joker you see in the Dark Knight is a much later version of the character seen in the movie Joker. Therefor both performances although both amazing cannot be compared as they are not portraying the same version of the Joker.

 

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