Part of that is because the Joker in that film is a credible film bad guy of the over-the-top variety so popular among psychos these days, but otherwise, is unlikable and only as clever as the film tells us he is, because he himself has little to offer by way of evidence.
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Interesting. Much to dissect here, Brian.
It's true, and regrettable, that this version of the character seems popular among psychos these days and I think that's also the reason Phoenix's version is also generating backlash.
Travis Bickle, Alex DeLarge and Tyler Durden among other characters seem to generate a similar effect. TAXI DRIVER, CLOCKWORK ORANGE and FIGHT CLUB are terrific movies though, and in no way endorse this kind of behavior or philosophies, quite the opposite IMHO.
I just can't blame the creators or performers because of the effect they generate on people with half a brain but I get your point. It's tiresome.
I get the sense that he is walking into the scene and asking for a script, reading from it, and then going for it in some actor-y sort of deliberately interesting way of saying those lines rather than, you know, being in the scene, responding to events, or making things happen. He always seems to be wandering in from the make-up trailer.
I gotta disagree on this one. Ledger famously thoroughly prepared for this role for months, and I find it a truly multi-layered performance. If he seems incoherent, easily distracted, casual or tic-ish, it's very much intentional. And it's not just because of how he is, it's also about the different ways the Joker chooses to present himself depending on the "audience". He's a character playing various characters, so to speak. I find it fascinating.
Michael Caine and Maggie Gyllenhall said when they first saw Ledger in character (the party scene at Wayne's) it scared the beejesus out of them. Caine actually fumbled his line, and that's the take they used in the film. And we're talking about Michael Caine here, not some easily impressed newcomer.