I’ll start this off by saying that I love this comic book. This is a comic book that can give you a great insight into two iconic characters whilst giving you nightmares. If you have not read comic books and wish to start, this is a pretty intense one but it is one of the greats. Unfortunately it is not a long comic book, so to turn it into a film meant the creative time had to expand the story. To do this they add a 28-minute mini movie about the Batgirl, aka Barbra Gordon. The second part of this movie is one of the most faithful adaptations you can see.
Let me state that I had heard a lot of the complaints about this movie coming out of Comic Con, mostly about the first 30 minutes, so I went in with lower expectations for that part and I believe that helped a lot. In fact, if you want to skip to the 28 minute mark of the movie and watch the actual Killing Joke you will see a great film. That’s not to take away from the Batgirl story. I just believe that it would have been suited in another animated film, rather than tacked on to one of the all time great comic books.
Now onto the second part of the movie; the Killing Joke. I loved this. It was thrilling and exciting to see some of the iconic images from the book come to life on the screen, and to hear Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as Batman and the Joker respectively. For many people they are the best Batman and Joker, having portrayed them since the early 90’s in Batman the Animated series. For fans of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, you will really enjoy this depiction of the relationship between Batman and the Joker and the question “Have you ever had a bad day?” It explores the corruption of the mind that would take a sane person and turn them into the Joker. Like all good things, the movie ends on a joke that will make you laugh.
I am able to look past the first act of the movie to give a high score but if it had just been the stand-alone Killing Joke story then my score would have been much higher.
A D for The Killing Joke as I scored it 70%
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