Todd Phillips’ Joker has received a slew of praise ahead of its October 4th release.

The latest praise for the Joaquin Phoenix-led film comes from Toronto International Film Festival co-head Cameron Bailey.

During an interview with the Toronto Sun, Bailey voiced nothing but support for the upcoming comic book movie. He said that the film should play on the largest stage and is a very original production compared to most comic book movies and the classic comic book villain. He went on to compare Joker to some of the Martin Scorsese of the late 70s/early 80s and dubbed it as cinematic achievement on a high level.

“First of all it’s terrific. So it should play on our largest stage. But it’s a really original take on comic book movies and on the Joker character in particular. It’s not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro is in it as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived. It’s set in the late ’70s, early ’80s and it feels like it was made then. It’s gritty in its look. It has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it’s working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it’s a Gala.”

Bailey’s endorsement of the film isn’t the first time we’ve seen praise lobbed at Joker. The Venice International Film Festival artistic chief Albert Barbera recently praised the movie by saying that “it’s going to the Oscar’s.”

Early reports have also implied that Phoenix delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as DC’s Clown Prince of Crime and that the studio does intend to make an Oscar run with Joker. With endorsements from people like Bailey and Barbera it has a decent chance of at least scoring some nominations, if not wins.

Joker is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5th before it releases in theaters worldwide on October 4th.

Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Brett Cullen, Bryan Callen, and Robert De Niro. 

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