Joaquin Phoenix is the man of the hour right now in the world of cinema. His portrayal of the Joker in his namesake film as been widely lauded and applauded, even for those that didn’t love the movie itself. The actor's performance is dramatic, emotional and includes a sense of danger and unpredictability that defines the Clown Prince of Crime throughout the decades.
Of course, his performance has also led to comparisons with one of the iconic iterations of the character, which was Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight film. And we can debate all we want about the two films and their respective qualities, but no one can deny the level of effort, performance and commitment that both actors delivered to play DC’s most iconic villain.
But if we take the time to analyze both performances, we can safely say that there are major differences between both portrayals and that is something worth taking the time to read. So, here we provide a few comparisons of how these two performances are opposite or just plain different from one another.
Spider-Man is a character that is very important in my life. I’m quite sure that the 90’s animated series was my first contact with the world of superheroes, just like the Sam Raimi films were my first contact with live adaptations. Since then, I have watched pretty much every single adaptation of the character and fell in love with his story in the comics, especially the David Michelinie years. While I have grown to become more a DC fan over the years, Spider-Man is still one of my favorite characters and when something new about the character comes out I’m always there to watch it or read it.
That is why I feel underwhelmed with the movie Far From Home and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s take on Spider-Man. As someone who is well-versed on the character, his supporting cast and the myth that is Peter Parker and his alter-ego, I find the Tom Holland iteration the one with the most unfulfilled potential, but before I dwell into that in this review, I want to point out the positives of Far From Home: