Eppler: 'Joker' tries something new with something borrowed
"Joker" is a movie that believes plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. Director and co-writer Todd Phillips, who made the "Hangover" movies, has crafted a movie that borrows heavily from better movies he doesn't quite seem to understand. There are explicit references to Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" and "King of Comedy" along with "Death Wish," "Network" and others. Apologists will call it "homage," but at some point it's just unoriginal.