Whoa. What a movie. Joaquin Phoenix completely kills it as the Joker - the clown who has been told to always be happy by his mom even when he was being abused by her boyfriend and who picks up a career as a clown and a condition where he laughs uncontrollably - is actually a person who has never been happy in his life at all. The scene that I will never forget is when the midget friend is allowed to go after the Joker kills their other friend - and the latch is just out of his reach. Brilliant, brilliant. brilliant.