It’s all part of the plan: Joker has crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office becoming the first R-rated film ever to do so.
Since its release in October, the Clown Prince of Crime has been a fixture in headlines across the globe. From mass shooting concerns, polarising opinions and record after record, one thing’s for sure: people are talking about Joker.
From best October opening of all time, to highest grossing R-rated film in cinema history (not adjusted for inflation), it was only a matter of time before the Batman foe’s origin story joined the lucrative $1bn club.
The film’s global box office take was sitting at $999.1 million yesterday, November 15. Exhibitor Relations Co. then confirmed on Twitter that it had reached the massive milestone (the exact figure has still to be released).
It was only weeks ago that Joker sailed past The Matrix Reloaded and Deadpool 2 as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
Ryan Reynolds – who stars as the sweary, spandex-wearing hero – even took a moment to congratulate the Clown Prince of Crime on Instagram, in true R-rated fashion.
Joker joins Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.34bn), Aquaman ($1.148bn), The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King ($1.12bn), The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08bn), The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey ($1.01bn), and The Dark Knight ($1bn).
What’s particularly impressive is that Joker has yet to be released in China, still managing to bag a seismic box office without one of the key markets.
Also, with only a humble budget of $62.5 million, Joker has become the most profitable comicbook movie of all time too.
The film has been critically-acclaimed, swooping the Golden Lion (a highly prestigious award, generally a precursor to a Best Picture Oscar nomination), at the Venice Film Festival.ADVERTISING
Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the titular villain, is a hot favourite as predictions for next year’s Oscars start to roll in – as it stands, Phoenix and Adam Driver (for Marriage Story) are the front-runners for Best Leading Actor.
It’s currently sitting at 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s critics’ consensus calling it ‘a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star’.
UNILAD called Joker our film of the year, describing it as a ‘terrifying, harrowing, volatile triumph’.
Joker is in cinemas now.
MOVIE REVIEW – Living in Bondage (Rating: 7/10)
If you are sceptical about seeing Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, it will be more than understandable. The Nigerian movie industry has spent much of its time making films bordering on the occult and rituals, many of which are overdrawn, overplayed, bland, and rather off-putting. And the Living in Bondage sequel was always going to centre on that. But this sequel to the 27-year-old original isn’t just about getting mystical, and is worth the promise of debuting director Ramsey Nouah, and the hype.
Breaking Free centres on Nnamdi Okeke (Swanky JK), who’s lost his job and has dreams of the luxury life. Breaking Free stands quite apart from the first film of 1992, but there are still correlations and some verisimilitude, Nnamdi is the son of Andy Okeke (played by Kenneth Okonkwo, who was also the star of the 1992 pic), and unlike the one centred on his father, Nnamdi isn’t exactly wallowing in penury, but rather just wants luxury.
And credit to the film for giving us a picture of Nnamdi in that way; he knows about various types of alcohol that he can’t afford and has knowledge of cars above his paygrade. For most part of the film, we see that Nnamdi isn’t so much just thirsting about the high life, but rather overawed by it; watch him arrive at a party in a Ferrari, yet marvel at a fleet of parked Rolls-Royces. See him look a bit out of place at a party, and not quite fitting in.
Nnamdi is aided into the life of affluence by, among others, Richard Williams, CEO of Zion Railways. Played by director Ramsey Nouah, Richard is the head of the spiritual group that affords people the good life (at a price), called The Brotherhood. Throughout the film, Nouah’s character is quite a standout act, introduced into the film with a round of applause, delivered by himself. There’s something of the likeable super villain about him; he’s the devil that quotes the Bible amidst lines of The Godfather, his demeanour is unchanging and unfazed.
Breaking Free has inevitable bouts of spirituality in it, but it’s all done with minimum fuss, and there’s little need for histrionics. From the spiritual conventions to Richard’s display of his powers, there’s no overplaying, those acts that usually seem out of place run well with this film (hence Richard’s cheeky ‘this isn’t Nollywood’ quote in the film).
Breaking Free thrives in many areas, not least the chemistry between characters. We see the closeness between Nnamdi and his brother Tobe (Shawn Faqua), who basically bounce of each other in scenes in which they are together. The relationship between Nnamdi and Kelly (Munachi Abii) has true chemistry, right from the off, and hardly seems forced – even the sex scene looks genuine.
Perhaps the biggest flaw of the movie is the fact that for all of its deluxe acting and directing, Breaking Free doesn’t have that much in terms of being relatable, but that’s a quite minor blot on an otherwise well-crafted work.
At the end of everything, Nnamdi realises the price of luxury is one he can’t quite pay, attempts to end it all, but doesn’t quite do it, and ends up in the hospital. Meanwhile, (some) members of The Brotherhood have been identified, but Richard is still very the unknown.
Breaking Free does a good job of not ending with closure, and keeping part of the mystery alive. Most pertinently, though, it is a good lesson on how to make a movie.
John Dumelo Calls For Legalization Of Polygamy In Ghana.
Actor and politician John Dumelo says there’ nothing wrong with polygamy hence should be legalized.
The NDC parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso constituency speaking in an interview on Citi FM’s Traffic Avenue, said that even though he would not practice the act, he thinks men who want to have more wives are at liberty to do that.
“Personally, I don’t believe in it [polygamy] but I feel that there is nothing wrong with it. If the Muslims are doing it perfectly, why not Christians? Provided you can take care of your two or three wives, that’s fine. I speak to a lot of Muslims and both the men and women are okay with it,” he said.
He also added that “…I feel it [polygamy] is good for Ghana.” he told the host of the show Jessica Saforo.
John Dumelo added that women who want to have more than one husband should also be allowed to do so because it will be discriminatory to do it for only the men.
“You can’t just do it for men. Do it for women as well…” he stated.
Yvonne Nelson, Prince David Storm Accra Streets Over ‘Fix Us’ Premiere On December 6.
Actors Yvonne Nelson and Prince David Osei were out in the streets of Accra on Monday to market Fix Us, a new movie by YN Productions about the challenges actors put up with.
Directed by Pascal Amanfo, the movie tells the story of three young ladies who take on a journey of faith and fate. When Naadie (Yvonne Nelson), Chioma (Yvonne Okoro) and Jaya (Alexandra Amon) run into each other at an audition, they are bound by their common dream to be movie stars and form a friendship that can hardly be broken.
But when their dreams are eventually actualized, they soon realise that they want even something more from life. Something more that money cannot buy. Something more that fame cannot give. Something more that they must find for themselves.
It stars Yvonne Nelson, Yvonne Okoro, Prince David Osei, Michelle Attoh and Nigeria’s Mofe Duncan. The rest include, former Big Brother Naija housemate Tobi Bakre, Jessica Williams, Belinda Dzatta, Ivorian actress, Alexandra Amon, Hajia4real and musician, Irene Logan.
It is set for a grand premiere at the Silverbird Cinemas at the Accra Mall, starting from 7pm. In the past few weeks the cast of the movie have been on various media platforms to talk about the movie.
Yvonne and Prince aside granting interviews on radio and TV also took to the street to share flyers of the movie while they also get interactive with some Ghanaians out there. They shared flyers at the Okponglo traffic light, the campuses and hostels of University of Professional Studies UPS and University of Ghana.
Omotola Jalade Receives Doctorate In Arts.
Award winning Nigerian actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has bagged an honorary doctorate degree from the Igbinedion University in Benin City. The actress together with former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, amongst others, were all conferred honorary degrees by the university.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, in his speech said the awardees were honoured for their stellar contribution to human development and progress at both the national and international levels.
The actress took to her instagram page to thank the university for giving her the degree and showed off her certificate with the caption; “Dr Mrs Omotola Jalade Ekeinde,MFR Honorary Doctor of Arts (D.Arts) Thank you Igbinedion University Okada. To God Be all the Glory.”
(Written by: Abena Amankwah)
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