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.
Groucho Marxist gets straight to the point of Joker and is arguably a more impactful film in the end. The inclusion of The Firing Line interview at the beginning of the film and the stripped down narrative, with a very fitting quote to end the film, Groucho Marxist elevates Joker from a great film, to a profound a one. Nothing feels missed, there's no weird and jarring cuts, if anything it feels like a professional edit.
What I loved most about this edit is the fact that the story has a much clearer message in the end that I think fits very well within the framework of this particular Joker story.
I honestly don't know if I'll ever watch the theatrical release again after having watched Doggo Moon's edit... It's just so much more enjoyable... And that's not to say the original release isn't fantastic or anything, but this just gets to the point. It cuts out the neighbours subplot, the psych ward aspects are gone, Arthur killing his coworkers has been omitted and yet none of those things are particularly missed. There's some more subtle edits and changes here and there but those are the major changes.
This review gets what it f***ing deserves! A 10/10
While I enjoyed the original film, I felt while watching it that it was a tad meandering and didn't always know what it wanted to say. This edit, on the other hand, has a clear vision and gets its point across without sacrificing character development or plot. Would definitely recommend.