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Joker Review

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Indicine | Indicine Team

In an attempt to try something unconventional - director Shirish Kunder seems to be inspired by several classics. Akshay Kumar’s character reminds you of Shahrukh Khan in ‘Swades’, the gibberish speaking Shreyas Talpade tries to pull off a Tusshar Kapoor act from ‘Golmaal’ and the costumes are inspired by ‘Lagaan’.

The actors look disinterested, especially Akshay Kumar who has always delivered spirited performances, even in some of his worst films. Sonakshi Sinha has very little to do. Shreyas Talpade is good. Asrani is okay. Minissha Lamba has a special appearance. The rest of the characters ham endlessly.

20

Not Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Although the title may give an impression that it's all about a funny guy trying to make people laugh, the fact is that this one's about guys pretending to be aliens and how, eventually, they face an actual alien in the end. On the brighter side, the setting and structures look magical and to build an entire story around a desolate village must have been enchanting. But interesting concepts don't necessarily translate into interesting films. JOKER runs out of gas as soon as director Shirish Kunder establishes the plot, because neither does the comic quotient work, nor do the aliens [fake and actual] salvage the show. In fact, the film makes a mockery of everything you may have seen or heard of UFOs and aliens.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Roshni Devi

Shirish Kunder’s premise for Joker is too simplistic. Obviously, logic takes a backseat but it’s the predictability that is the real downer. The dialogues are alright.

Akshay Kumar does a good job but nothing extraordinary as Agastya. Sonakshi Sinha mostly clings on to Akki’s arm as his girlfriend Diva. Shreyas Talpade is very good as the brother and manages to convey all his emotions with just a handful of gibberish words that he has to mouth throughout the movie.

There’s not much that director Shirish Kunder could do to the script, but he does a good job. His editing is alright. Gaurav Dagaonkar and G. V. Prakash Kumar’s songs are enjoyable. Shirish’s background score goes well with the scenes. Sudeep Chatterjee and Anay Goswami’s cinematography is very nice.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Bikas Bhagat

What with fascinating and colourful characters, who painted the town red while promoting the film, I had so much expectation from ‘Joker’; but all that has been washed out as the film has come as a big disappointment. The only saving grace is in the form of Akshay Kumar who desperately manages to tether the film’s loose elements into a mediocre fun caper, but even his efforts succumb to the weak plot and utterly mismanaged cast of the film.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Aniruddha Guha

Listing out the inanities of Joker would take an obnoxiously long amount of time and effort, in addition to the two hours the film saps out of your soul watching it. But if you are feeling adventurous and enjoy living life on the edge, and hence decide to go for Joker, look out for the scene where Agastya, a scientist from NASA on the lookout for aliens (because NASA scientists do that) thinks he has spotted an other-worldly creature. Flashing a torch in the alien’s direction, he rushes towards it like a maniac, going all “Alien!” on the weird-looking creature, scaring it away in the opposite direction. In that moment, I was convinced that Joker and other such films (many of which star Akshay Kumar, though not always as a NASA scientist looking out for aliens) would be the real reason for people in the outside world to not want to make contact with earth.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

The screenplay is all over the place, clearly the handiwork of a person unable to decide whether it is a film about a forgotten village of nitwits who revel in making a sorry spectacle of themselves or a cross-eyed comment on the propensities of the nation’s over-eager electronic media and smarmy political functionaries. Either way it is pathetically half-baked

If you aren’t ready to throw up by then, you really do possess a level of tolerance that can only be described as impressive. But it might do you much harm in the long run, so stay away from this misguided joker in the pack.

The Joker actors look like they’ve walked into a crude indigenized version of a vaudeville performance in the middle of nowhere without quite knowing what they have let themselves into.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Raja Sen

So what happens if a film -- one ostensibly in the guise of a comedy - doesn't try too hard? The humour here isn't grating, overdone, outrageous, offensive, excruciating, unwatchable. This, then, may just be an approach that could be called a step forward in an Akshay Kumar [ Images ] comedy if only the aforementioned humour wasn't also nonexistent. There isn't a single line in Kunder's film that actually works, leaving us with a film that, while commendably brisk in a 100-minute package, refuses to get going at all.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar

The aliens you see in this film though are made of vegetables. This is deliberate. They’re not supposed to be aliens at all. The film isn’t quite exactly a science fiction either. What is it exactly then? Only Shirish Kunder, the film’s writer, director and editor, could best answer that question. Compared to his past movies (Jaaneman, Tee Maar Khan), at least this has an idea, to begin with. It may not be the world's best, but an idea nonetheless.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

As for the comedy in the film, one can't even term it as pedestrian. It best can be called crappy and imbecile. Even on the acting front almost every actor seems to be reveling in some sort of ham fest. While Akshay Kumar gets his genre of slapstick, loud comedy, Sonakshi too joins the club with an equally mediocre show. Shreyas Talpade's character appears to be an off shoot of Tusshar Kapoor's character from Golmaal while as for the rest like Asrani, Vindoo Dara Singh, Sanjay Mishra, Pitobash Tripathee, Darshan Jariwala they all ham effortlessly.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Film Tadka | Janhavi Patel

Joker is a poor joke of a movie. It is predictable and dim-witted and scales new heights in bad cinema! The aliens are grotesque and their portrayal is clichéd. They are mocked at. They actually do pelvic thrusts to Hindi songs! Now who is going to believe that! The production values are tacky.  There is nothing that works in the favour of the movie. It isn’t in the three-dimensional format either. It cannot even be passed off as a children’s film. The music is forgettable and the item song is forced. You rather start wondering how is it even possible to make such an intolerable movie.

10

Not Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

The problem with JOKER is that it fails to take off from Stage I. The plot moves about in circles going nowhere. Moreover, the songs are needlessly injected into the proceedings. And although the film clocks a decent 1hour 45 minutes, it does appear a bit long.

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha take off from where they left in ROWDY RATHORE. But this time the romance is less intense. In this drama of Aliens, hers is a role that could have been done away with. Poor Shreyas Talpade, he is left mouthing some gibberish, which in the end only the aliens understand.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

Can kids watch this, I asked myself as I watched this all-over-the-place faradiddle. And then I dismissed it. Because even children, especially children, need a story that holds, and characters that engage. This is a film that needed to be fable-like for it to work, but it turns out not even to be a farce. What was Akshay Kumar thinking? What was anyone thinking? Were they, at all?

20

Not Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Srijana Mitra Das

Straight up - Joker arouses extreme passions. You'll love it or hate it. It's a totally off-the-wall entertainer powered by corny jokes, OTT filmi characters and tongue-in-cheek sequences. If you like that sort of thing, you'll laugh out loud. If you don't, it's not for you.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Bollyspice | Prateeksha Khot

The premise of Joker is so crazy, quirky and unbelievable, that if it had been handled correctly, it would have been an absolute fun to watch. Sadly, Shirish prefers to go the predictable route each time there is an important turn in the movie. Somewhere it seems the director got confused as to how much real or fantasy he wanted in the movie – going the middle way which definitely does not help. If one goes to observe every department – from music to choreography to editing – everything is pretty much average. The cinematography does promise you of a different fare in the beginning but once the second half sets in, you know what to expect.

Akshay as Agastya is good and I am glad his performance was constrained. Sonakshi doesn’t really have much to do (again!) apart from sing and dance. We do hope this talented lady finds a movie soon where she actually gets to contribute something. Shreyas Talpade is sweet although his character reminds you of Tusshar’s and even his own in Golmaal series.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

The humour is so lame that it physically hurts and, by the second half, the film loses all semblance of coherence. The White House, the FBI, the Indian Army and aliens who look like vegetables with limbs make appearances. Akshay is no stranger to bad movies so he gamely ambles through the film.   Sonakshi Sinha, playing his girlfriend, is barely there; I think Asrani has more screen time than her. The biggest tragedy is that writer-director Shirish Kunder hasn't even made one of those sublimely bad films that become unintentionally funny. Joker is just exhausting. This time, the joke's on us.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
India Today | Vinayak Chakravorty

Joker was perhaps trying to make a socio-political comment about India as it was before Partition and as it is now, in between the shoddy mixmash of sci-fi and humour. The effort falls flat simply because Kunder's treatment is at best juvenile.

For a sci-fi adventure, the film grossly lacks the right twists. Too many pointless characters hog the runtime too, disturbing the story.

Akshay tries bravely to salvage the amateurish show with raw star power. He doesn't quite succeed mainly because the script hardly taps his stardom. Sonakshi Sinha's presence is restricted to being the hero's arm candy.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Deccan Chronicle | Suparna Sharma

I would like to know who sowed the seeds for Joker. Was it that 2002 film Signs and the bizarre earnestness with which M. Night Shyamalan tried to pass off tripe as science fiction? Shirish Kunder’s Joker, when it mocks Mr Shyamalan’s idiotic film, or spoofs other films about aliens, it works. As long as it rests on hoary alien stories and activities, it works. The moment it tries to stand on its own, it buckles.

Joker, written by Shirsh Kunder, is a bit of this and a bit of that. We buy the story of Paglapur because the whole premise is so mental, so random. But when Joker turns around and does exactly what it has been mocking all this while, it stinks.

50

Average Movie
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Nikhil Kumar

Shirish Kunder - may good lord bless his soul -- dons three dunce caps: writer, editor and director. And he makes a complete hash of every stream he pumps his creative juices into. If the writing is outright silly, puerile and full of ‘jokes’ that won’t even make a nitwit smile, the direction tops it by turning the tosh into a test of patience, despite the film’s relieving 1-hour-45-mins run time. The editing, too, fails to cobble all the nonsense together and Joker falls down like a house of cards.

20

Not Recommended
 
 

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