I have just watched Joker and it was an interesting film to say the least. It is a mix of a superhero film and a film about the mentally ill.
It is set is another universe as different from the universe where Adam West was Batman, or Michael Keaton or Val Kilmer or George Clooney or Christian Bale or Ben Affleck or most recently Robert Pattinson but it could just as easily be set in the real world of the 1980s as, other than the mention of Thomas Wayne and being set in Gotham City this could easily be set in the real world and that is what sets is apart from any of version of the Batman universe, which this ultimately is, and a decent version of it as well.
The film works just as well if you strip away all of the Batman elements and take it as a story in its own right about society and mentally ill people within society.
Joaquin Phoenix was sublime in the lead role of the person who would ultimately become the Joker and there were times when you felt quite sorry for him and his lot in life which shows how good he was in the role.
I enjoyed all the Batman references as a big comic book fan but you really didn’t have to have a knowledge of Batman lore to enjoy this film at all as it was quite separate from any other Gotham set film.
It is easily the most violent Batman film of all as well but that is not a criticism.
Fury from the Deep is a great example of a story which just seems to work even when it is shorn of all visual imagery from it. and just presented as an audio recording and even then it is a pretty exciting listen, and it almost doesn’t matter that you cannot see the pictures as you can imagine what is happening perfectly well from the actors performances, and the script itself.
Now that it has been animated I think that the story works just as well. Yes it isn’t a totally accurate representation of what was originally broadcast but it is a decent enough version, and it makes me feel that this story was definitely one of the best of that season and that is saying something as they have all been pretty top notch.
What I like best about this one is the atmosphere and the setting of the oil rigs and the base itself. I also like the whole notion of the alien menace of the story and what makes it more frightening is that it is something so ordinary and normal, but so menacing and threatening in the story itself.
I also like the fact that nobody actually dies in the story; plenty of people are possessed during the story and a lot of bad stuff happens to people but they are ok by the end of the story, which is nice.
Quite early on in this story Victoria starts to show signs that she is not happy with life aboard the TARDIS and to be fair to her she often gets the worse deal of the companions in each of her stories so you can hardly blame her for getting this way by the time of the events in this story.
You also totally understand when she decides to leave at the end of adventure as well. However at least she was pretty much the major reason for their success in vanquishing the story’s enemy in this, her final story.
Like the majority of this seasons stories there is very little that you can fault about this story and, also, that even the six part stories in this season do seem to use all of its running time without resorting to ridiculous amounts of padding.
At 18:45 saw the broadcast of the launch of Apollo 16 featuring Patrick Moore.
At 20:15 was Frank Finlay and Maggie Smith in an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice.
April 9th 1972
Farmhouse Kitchen- Baking with Yeast
The Cool Mikado directed by Michael Winner
The Golden Shot
The Forest Ranger starring Graydon Gould
Adam Smith – Episode 12 with Andrew Keir
Doctor in Charge – The Devil You Know. first of a new series
Sunday Night Theatre – The Last Journey by James Forsyth.
Danger Man – It’s Up To The Lady
April 10th 1972
Nanny and the Professor with Julie Mills
Skippy Honest Jack
Pardon My Genie – The Apprentice’s Sorceror
Opportunity Knocks with Hughie Green
Bless This House – Get Me to the Match on Time
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)