Wow. I hope this doesn't sound pessimistic, but I didn't expect to like this so much. I actually liked Joker a lot, and didn't really believe a 45min edit could produce anything solid when this first came out. But after such great reviews, I had to at least SEE it. Boy am I glad I did.
I'm still kinda stunned by it. Its simply amazing. I am shocked at how much stuff was taken out, and even more stunned at how the film was actually better for it. It feels less preachy about SO MANY THNGS, and shows a solid origin story that felt longer than it was, in the best way. This is what GREAT fanediting looks like.
There is not much i can add that other reviewers have not already stated.
So in the vein of the edit its self here is a review with all the fat cut out of it.
the Groucho Marxist edit of the Joker gets straight to the point with out compromising the over all plot of the original film, with a break neck pace replacing most of the drawn out build up and character study.
Allow me to preface with the fact that I love the original. I wouldn't want them to have delivered The Joker in any other way.... at least at the time of initial viewing. I was mostly drawn to this one because the title is hilarious.
That being said - this is absolutely a worthwhile watch and it is amazing how you can encapsulate the feeling of the entire film in 45 minutes without feeling like anything was lost. Kudos for having the vision, because as stated I watched The Joker and didn't notice anything I would have done differently.
I think most of these fan fixes take movies that are objectively bad because of the addition of certain storylines that never affect the movie in any one way or another and essentially they are removing fluff to realign the movie and 9 times out of 10 the only way to make a bad movie less bad is to take some of the bad out. Usually a fan fix of a good movie improves it by adding in deleted scenes and shifting the narrative in a way that keeps the deleted scenes from feeling out of place.
This takes a good movie, removes good scenes, and somehow makes it better (or at the very least as good). Wild!
Joker cut down to 45 minutes doesn't sound possible, but it works surprisingly well. A few corners are cut, events being mentioned but not shown, it's a bit weird but it's not like it doesn't still make sense. Other than a couple things like Joker being assaulted with his sign stolen, I really didn't notice anything missing. When I hear people talking about a plot point that wasn't included in this edit like the girlfriend, I have to do a double take. This edit really illustrates how unnecessary most of the movie is. I loved the movie, but I really see myself more apt to revisit this edit than the regular film.
Joker was a good film but a bit drawn out to feature length. “Groucho Marxist” collects the best parts of Joker into a quick, concise story. Excellent cutting and re-ordering of scenes throughout. Arthur’s descent happens much more quickly, which the re-ordering of scenes explains. Much higher pace than the original. All subplots (that I thought were unnecessary) were cut. Great new opening. This edit kept in character development, and was not just plot driven, despite being under 45mins. The ending credits gave the edit a political message, which I felt wasn’t needed.
The only scene I would’ve not cut was when Arthur gets jumped at the beginning, as it explains how his sign was lost, and why he gets a gun, both of which are referenced in this edit.
Overall, I highly recommend this edit. I am often biased to shorter, higher paced films so I really enjoyed this one.