Dan Kois, on Slate, rips into “Joker”, which today was nominated for a surprising 11 Oscars:
Today—as Joker receives 11 Oscar nominations, the most of any movie, including Best Picture and Best Director—is the day that someone must stand astride the tracks and say: Enough. Stop the madness. Joker is not the best picture of the year. Joker is dumb as hell.
The entire article is a fun-to-read tirade against the movie—it’s the sort of contrarian opinion piece that Slate used to be renowned for.
Kois’s flip-out reminds me of how I felt when the 2015 movie, “Mad Max: Fury Road” was nominated for Best Picture. That movie, and the world it depicts, doesn’t make a lick of sense, but people still gush over it.
At this point in my life, I think the Oscars themselves are “dumb as hell” and are best ignored.