Watch Joaquin Phoenix Do a Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • A run-down bathroom with a flickering fluorescent light, a swooning piece of music and some slow, deliberate moves. Those spare ingredients go into crafting this downbeat but memorable moment from “Joker.”

    When the scene begins, Arthur Fleck (a.k.a. the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just had an intense, life-defining moment and finds a bathroom to collect and calm himself. He does so with a dance that the director Todd Phillips said Phoenix came up with on the day of the shoot. In his narration, Phillips discusses the music (by Hildur Gudnadottir), and how he and Phoenix came to change the scene from what was in the script.

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  • badopinionsrighthere
    badopinionsrighthere  9 minutes back

    This scene and characterization was brilliant. Arthur uses dance as a form of control- control of himself, control of the situation. When you watch the movie, you'll notice he dances when he feels confident in himself and his actions. Spoilery examples in my reply

    • Cerulean Sealpup
      Cerulean Sealpup  2 hours back

      This scene did creep me out..i dont know why.

      • Juan Cortez
        Juan Cortez  2 hours back

        Like Apocalypse Now.

        • Gold
          Gold  3 hours back

          Am I the only one who cried during this scene? It was so emotional...

          • Kräuterseuche
            Kräuterseuche  3 hours back

            This doesn't feel creepy to me. It gets this special feeling of " Oh wow, this is some deep ship."

            • Vince E
              Vince E  7 hours back

              Imagine Jared Leto doing this scene. lol

              • Stas
                Stas  7 hours back

                The movie is a masterpiece - bewitching and overwhelming!

                • Azimin Shafie
                  Azimin Shafie  10 hours back

                  Honestly, any actor who can play batman and win an oscar will be the best actor of all time.

                  • MM M
                    MM M  15 hours back

                    This is my favorite scene in the entire movie! You can taste the power, glory, & satisfaction of his actions. Arthur's pain of his trauma becomes justified! I had tears in my eyes & chills over my whole body!!!

                    • skyly02
                      skyly02  15 hours back

                      Joker is good.

                      • Task Don
                        Task Don  16 hours back

                        The dance fit so well into Joker's characteristic because after tasting blood for the first time in his life that he wants to celebrate by dancing. This moment is not the birth of Joker, this is the moment of rebirth of Joker. As he said later on, he doesn't have the "condition" because this is him: a natural psychopath that has been suppressed by life and society which just need a moment for him to finally break free.

                        • Henry Gonzalez
                          Henry Gonzalez  18 hours back

                          Man the acting was great... it was hard cord he new the moves...

                          • kay jones
                            kay jones  18 hours back

                            The perfect scene, tai chi joker style....

                            • Best Gmn
                              Best Gmn  18 hours back

                              It's so theatral...become THE personnage it's not easy...he is the 🤡. Two personnage! Thumbs'up To Phoenix♥️

                              • docdurdin
                                docdurdin  20 hours back

                                The entertainment media (in total) is very proud of how well they dance with the news media to influence and control the herd mentality of the public. Actually, the industry would agree with me that their work is exquisite and artful, although shameful and destructive. The actual JOKE is on you. For the youth who are blinded by an entrained obsessive need for acceptance, this work is genius. If you haven't noticed, most actors today have a different avenue of training. They have been stripped of any real personality, left only with an alter ego created by the industry in control, like trained animals. The real wake up call came from the LAST JOKER..... Might you wonder what really happened to him? There are no exits from the deal.

                                • rhyka101
                                  rhyka101  20 hours back

                                  I saw the film last night. Superbly directed and an amazing performance from Phoenix. Twists that hit you hard and unapologetic violence. Homages to previous movies and thought provoking social commentary. The use of a cello and the music score overall beautifully matches the moods created.

                                  • BeeHugger 7
                                    BeeHugger 7  1 days back

                                    This is better titled
                                    " joker does qi gong"🙃

                                    • MALi Moor
                                      MALi Moor  1 days back

                                      The dance of change.

                                      • PITUFINA
                                        PITUFINA  1 days back

                                        Masterpiece Phoenix !!! Hopefully will win the Oscar

                                        • Chris Mequet
                                          Chris Mequet  1 days back

                                          I wish that Todd waited like 1 more week to talk about the behind the scenes stuff. Only for the simple fact that some people might have not seen this before watching the movie.

                                          • Simple Figure
                                            Simple Figure  1 days back

                                            Wanna hear a joke?

                                            Joker 68%
                                            Batwoman 69%

                                            • guritza80
                                              guritza80  2 days back

                                              Genius ♡

                                              • Day One
                                                Day One  2 days back

                                                This is THE best movie of 2019 ! Bring in the oscars

                                                • David P
                                                  David P  2 days back

                                                  Ever dance with the Devil in the pale bathroom light?

                                                  • Mohammad Albeshari
                                                    Mohammad Albeshari  2 days back

                                                    I love this movie

                                                    • oshitomaha
                                                      oshitomaha  2 days back

                                                      I thought “martial arts” at first when I was at a theater.

                                                      • A P
                                                        A P  2 days back

                                                        Nothing creepy about his dance

                                                        It’s quite beautiful... like tai chi

                                                        • Venom
                                                          Venom  2 days back

                                                          Venom Vs Joker?
                                                          #Venom

                                                          • Bray Bay
                                                            Bray Bay  2 days back

                                                            Joaquin as Joker as Thom Yorke in Lotus Flower.

                                                            • Leontief Modell
                                                              Leontief Modell  2 days back

                                                              That was one of the most striking scenes of the movies, to me.


                                                              All alone by himself, able to express something he would never express when being surrounded by other people, in a way venting his sanity and pulling in the madness through his almost ballet-like dance moves. It's like when you've hit the right amount of drunkenness, where you feel everything upped to 11 and don't feel drunk yet. So intimate. The haunting cello soundtrack, as well as the lighting and particularly the camera work, make this such a special moment. When everything just aligns perfectly.


                                                              When I walked out of the theater a week ago I said to my friends:"What you have just witnessed is a performance you only get to see every 10-20 years. We can really feel blessed to have seen this."

                                                              • Martin Macdonald
                                                                Martin Macdonald  2 days back

                                                                Critics say: Joker is a derivative mess that glorifies violence
                                                                Critics think: Woke orthodoxy dictates that mentally-ill white males shall have no help or sympathy, fathers are not necessary in their children's lives, eat-the-rich is a noble goal, it's all Trump's fault. I'd better pan this masterpiece.

                                                                • Giusy Anastasi
                                                                  Giusy Anastasi  2 days back

                                                                  Capolavoro assoluto

                                                                  • monai
                                                                    monai  3 days back

                                                                    I saw this scene and the first word that came to mind was "glory." In this particular moment, I feel like the "Joker" was born. Those larger than life movements AND the way he revels at himself in the mirror, ugh, just brilliant.

                                                                    • Adeline
                                                                      Adeline  3 days back

                                                                      This movie is so good that I'm seriously a little scared of knowing too much about it but still I wanna know more about it

                                                                      • Elaine Clements Finn
                                                                        Elaine Clements Finn  3 days back

                                                                        Unfortunately it's very relatable for me.

                                                                        • southpakrules
                                                                          southpakrules  3 days back

                                                                          Joker Critics score 69%
                                                                          Ghostbusters 2016 Critics score 74%.
                                                                          I'll just leave it at that.

                                                                          • Jeffrey Baker
                                                                            Jeffrey Baker  3 days back

                                                                            I think the most pivotal and important scenes in the movie

                                                                            • Richard Miller
                                                                              Richard Miller  3 days back

                                                                              Hey! Did your columnist making this into some white racist story get his diaper changed yet?

                                                                              • Ragnarok
                                                                                Ragnarok  3 days back

                                                                                IMO, his weird dances signifies the birth and liberation of the narcissist within.

                                                                                • Germanas Pancerovas
                                                                                  Germanas Pancerovas  3 days back

                                                                                  it s noy creepy dance, it s a meditation dance they practice as therapy in menatl hospitals

                                                                                  • storyofwill
                                                                                    storyofwill  3 days back

                                                                                    I love the joker dancing scene!!

                                                                                    • Desi Areros
                                                                                      Desi Areros  3 days back

                                                                                      is like jaipong dancer from indonesia

                                                                                      • Hi_Frankie
                                                                                        Hi_Frankie  4 days back

                                                                                        Why "a little less than the next time we see him dance"? Why wouldn't any dance after this dance be still 100% joker?

                                                                                        • Patricia Canton
                                                                                          Patricia Canton  4 days back

                                                                                          Thats whats called perfection

                                                                                          • Hawk
                                                                                            Hawk  4 days back

                                                                                            This movie was so different and exciting. Joaquin deserves an Oscar. 🌟

                                                                                            • megane verard
                                                                                              megane verard  4 days back

                                                                                              This scene was so amazing and so important in the storyline I think... And the music! What a masterpiece

                                                                                              • Rocko 97
                                                                                                Rocko 97  4 days back

                                                                                                Just this part alone in theater gave me chills the fact that he enjoyed killing those 3 young men by dancing! much expression by slow movement
                                                                                                Love this movie so much

                                                                                                • Γιώργος Γραμματικάκης

                                                                                                  Τhe joker movie has a social and political character that punches the establishment. The movie touched me a lot.https://youtu.be/riC6fIMJob4