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The most expected and controversial movie of 2019 is here. The hype around Joker 2019 was enormous. I understand the justified worry considering mass shooting during the last joker movie in Colorado 2012 during the screening of The Dark Knight Rises. I understand the prohibition of joker costumes to the movie, or demanding increased security but demanding banning the movie because of the potential threat is over the top. Media has been spooking the viewers for weeks ahead about the danger, morbidity and twisted nature of the movie and almost expecting another massacre.

All of that only added to the anticipation of the Joker movie.

Besides, how could you believe only worst about humanity?

Obviously none of the threads has been justified so far so media stopped focusing on the potential danger of the movie and switched focus to the outstanding performance of Joaquin Phoenix.

It’s impossible to get online now and not notice the praise and critique Joker movie is getting.

So how do you watch a movie that’s been generating Oscar buzz even before its premiere, without getting your expectations too high?

Well, you can’t. You just hope for the best.

Spoilers ahead.

There are 2 things I was worried about before I saw the movie:

  1. Joker movie is gonna give justification to Jokers terrible actions because of traumatic childhood or mental illness.
  2. Sexualization of the character.

I wasn’t sure DC was up to it considering their half-assed movies recently but they hit the gold mine with this one. DC found their calling in dark, twisted comic book representations with (hopefully) no additional sequels or prequels.

Just this one movie. This piece of art. That’s all it takes to tell the story of the Joker.

I just love how they managed to portray Joker without a sympathy card. Sure you feel bad for the poor guy who’s taking so much beating from like. You feel sorry that he’s been abused as a child but then he kills his mother without a blink of an eye and you simply understand. It doesn’t apologize, it just clarifies things.

There’s a wild discussion going on about whether Heath Ledgers or Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Joker was better. We can all collectively agree on one thing. Jared Leto as a Joker was pure crap.

The Dark Knight Rises was like the only movie I had on my old laptop so I watched it a bunch of times and i was disturbingly fascinated by Joker.

There is one major difference between those 2 Jokers.

Heathers Joker thrives from chaos, from anarchy, from basic breaking of the rules. Which means he acknowledges the rules in the first place. He sees people behaving certain manners and patterns and “all it takes is a little push” for them to cross those lines. He’s trying to make a point. To win. To watch the world burn. He’s going after “something“.

Joaquin’s Joker, on the other hand, lives the purest nihilism. There are no rules, no society, no system, no point or consequences to your actions so do whatever and however absurd it is. Nothing matters and you have no idea what’s real anymore. He doesn’t stop to explain his evil masterplan. He doesn’t feel obligated to explain his madness to anyone and not at all to the society that made his life a fucking comedy. Joker doesn’t care about anyone’s opinion because it doesn’t matter. He’s got nothing to lose. The only person he seems to lectures is Murray, right before he tells a joke, kill the guy and dance of the stage.

Jokers nihilism shows in his illogical behavior, like bursting into little pseudo dances in the most inappropriate situations.

You might argue that all of his kills were driven by passion, unjustice, self-preservation or revenge, therefore, he can’t be viewed as nihilistic. But he never said he killed those people because they were bad people. He doesn’t view his kills as morally good or justified. He did it because it was funny.

The joke is humanity’s willingness to bend morality by its favor.

If it was him laying on the ground and not those wealthy boys, people would walk past him. That’s the sad illogical truth. It seems like Arthur is the only one noticing this unjustice. He feels even more alone than a mentally ill psychopath who just killed 4 people and his mother ever could. Thet’s why when the clowns acknowledge the wrongfulness of the world he finally feels seen.

Like he exists in the world that makes no sense and finally he accepts that.

Suddenly the color scheme changes, his posture changes as he embraces the crazy.

All over the movie, we see Arthur climb the staircase with his head down, with a dark shadow over him trying to fit into a society that’s not meant for people with mental illness.

By the end of the movie we see Arthur in bright red/yellow colors, visibly healthier and happier descending the staircase down to his madness. He let go of everything that has been weighing him down and even his dances are more energetic now.

He’s no longer on medications and the quote :

“I hope my death makes more cents than my life”

hits even harder when you realize that most of the people with mental illness don’t get the right treatment because of financial reasons.

What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?

You get what you fuckin’ deserve!

To truly appreciate the movie you either have to go through something traumatic, which most of us have, or have great sense of compassion that usually comes from going through something traumatic.

This movie is raw. Brutal. Honest. And that’s not what you want to see. It’s too real. You don’t want to be called out like that.

Many critics claim that Joker is animalistic, violent, disturbing, senseless…

I believe that’s a pointless point about a movie, whose main point is pointlessness.

The message of the movie is to “eat the rich“. Society is creating the monsters with its lack of compassion and capitalism and then they sweep them under the rug. Joker is lifting the rug and everyone is like “How are there so many clowns?”.

Media claims this movie will create real-life Jokers while completely missing the point. I say let’s start treating people with fucking decency and prevent Jokers from rising.

Starting with treating people with mental illness as people and not some freaks. Joker’s murders were not results of his illness, but the outcome of the disturbing life situation he fell into. That’s what you get from the unbelievable expectation that mentally ill people can function normally in society without proper treatment.

The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.

Sadly, I and over 970milions of people with some mental illness can relate.

This movie is outstanding with its acting performances, cinematography, directing and basic message. I’m not denying plenty of disturbing moments, I’ve got goosebumps several times like when Arthur drew a smile with his own blood or every time he busted into his psychotic laugh.

I say ignore the critique that mostly comes from the rich feeling triggered, and enjoy the masterpiece that is this Todd Phillips Joker (2019) movie.

10/10

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42 Comments

  1. October 6, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Great review! I have to say considering the outrage over this film I was expecting a lot worse than we got. I’m somewhere in the middle on the movie but I think it was an important interesting film that gives me a lot to think about.

    • October 7, 2019 / 12:28 pm

      I think the film industry has finally realized that comic book obsessives are terrible people and they will complain about anything you do so they’re just trying to make great movies instead of playing fan service. It’s working out so far!

      • natalieihnatova
        Author
        October 8, 2019 / 8:06 am

        Yes, thank you

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      October 8, 2019 / 9:14 am

      I’d recomend that

      • October 8, 2019 / 9:16 am

        Tried Sunday night and last night. Absolutely sold out. Will do it soon though. Still school holidays here I think

  2. October 6, 2019 / 10:50 pm

    I plan to see this movie not because I’m interested in it but because of how well Heath Ledger did. I want to see how Joaquin is the joker and that is all

  3. October 7, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    I wasn’t terribly excited to see this movie but your review changed my mind. What a thorough and deep analysis! I like the idea of the ultra-nihilistic joker instead of the crime-boss joker that Heath’s was.

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      October 8, 2019 / 8:06 am

      Thank you that means a lot

  4. October 8, 2019 / 6:48 am

    Great review Joker was a great film and it showed DC comics and its film division once again to not treat its audience as kids like they have done so far . The Batman trilogy showed that and Joker is teaching that lesson .. Let’s see them learn it and keep up the deep characters they have and not rush into it like Superman vs Batman and Justice League .. Though Wonder Woman and Aquaman both faired nicely at the box office . Unlike their Green Lantern and Justice League flops that gave AT&T to close DC universe for a bit till they found new ground with their characters as they clearly lost the war they attempted to have against Marvel and we all know how that went. Thanks for this review..

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      October 8, 2019 / 8:04 am

      Thank you for your comment 🙂

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      October 10, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Thank you

  5. October 9, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    Nice post 😍I’m exited about the movie . When it comes on dvd I wanna see IT

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      October 10, 2019 / 11:40 am

      I’m positive i’m gonna watch it again

  6. October 10, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    Good review. Saw the movie last night and loved it! Yes a true masterpiece.

  7. October 10, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    Enjoyed your review, loved the movie but I ponder this thought.

    (Just a movie, think again fiction is the twisted form of reality in a UN-nurturing society that encourages a lack of morality, this feeds the darkness humanity hides within, that then feeds on us all again and again.)

  8. October 11, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    I try to see that movie,dear!!

  9. October 12, 2019 / 5:25 pm

    THe best review I’ve read so far. Excellent writing and analysis!

  10. October 12, 2019 / 7:18 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet but I was disappointed that Joker wasn’t Jared Leto.

  11. October 13, 2019 / 10:20 pm

    I’d have to see it myself to comment as I lived through the relatively harmless Batman Joker portrayal on TV during the late 1960s.

  12. October 14, 2019 / 2:52 am

    Natalia, hi! Steven of the C4C page here 🙂 I just had to stop and finally say something to you! This is a resplendent entry on a very strong movie! Truly. Thank you so much for sharing this! My brother suffers from mental illness as well. This film hit home in several respects and you made some very strong points. I absolutely adore this: “I BELIEVE THAT’S A POINTLESS POINT ABOUT A MOVIE, WHOSE MAIN POINT IS POINTLESSNESS.” Yes. Yes. All day! 🙂

  13. October 23, 2019 / 8:00 am

    Terrific review. Very thoughtful and thorough. Thanks.

  14. October 26, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    This is not a movie I will watch in a theater. Perhaps when it is accessible through the internet and I can stop, back it up if I see something I want to review, and take breaks in between.

    Having worked with people who have severe disabilities (including mental illness) I know that many are treated with psychotropic medications that do nothing more than create a more docile person. In some cases, that’s all that can be accomplished. Some Mental health issues were created, others were there from birth. There are serial killers who have no traumatic backgrounds.

    You did an analysis according to a political belief that “Hollywood” embraces, and it just doesn’t seem to create the whole picture. The answers might be somewhere in between the bell curve of beliefs.

  15. Natacha Wolf
    October 26, 2019 / 7:19 pm

    Great review! This is exactly the thoughts I had while watching this movie. And the sentence “What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?” I found it very powerful.

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you

  16. October 29, 2019 / 6:01 pm

    A fine review of a one of the more interesting films I’ve seen in a while. I can’t wait till Joker gets added to the movie playlist on airplanes. I need two or three viewings to let it all soak in and form a final opinion.

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you

  17. October 30, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?
    You get what you fuckin’ deserve!
    I’ve always been afraid of clowns. But maybe what I really fear is my own inner Joker. I need to see this movie.

  18. October 30, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    I don’t watch TV. I mean I *really* don’t watch tv. That doesn’t mean I only watch a few hours a week, it means I watch none. My tv has not been plugged in since before September 2018. And no, I’m not “cheating” by watching on another device.

    Why does that matter? It matters bc I never see movie trailers. Ever. So I had no idea this movie was coming out. I have no hope of finding a seat at any showing tomorrow but may still try.

    But that means no Samhain. Ouch.

    Or no giving out school supplies instead of candy to the trick-or-treaters (yes, I make them say it) It’s my 1 woman’s fight against childhood obesity. And you know what? My house was considered THE BEST in the neighborhood.

    But I am in an apartment complex in the ghetto now so I don’t have a lot of faith that my goodie bags will be appreciated. I hope that doesn’t sound racist as it’s a very multi-cultural ghetto. I’m not racist. I’m elitist. I wouldn’t be if the people around me would stop reinforcing existing stereotypes. Ok- maybe I am just turning into a horrible person. I’m just tired of people yelling and screaming about an ism while throwing trash and cigarette butts on the lawn in front of my apartment, while talking on an expensive cellphone in a language that only approximates English and contains more curse words then verbs, more “smack-talk” then full sentences. (I don’t speak Spanish so I have no idea if that language gets massacred as badly as well. I hope not but I just don’t know. I choose to think it’s not.)

    Or maybe I will be surprised. Maybe the goodie bags will go over even better in a financially challenged complex. I hope that happens. Because I doubt I can find a seat for the movie (I know you were waiting for me to tie this up and hit send already) and I don’t know where the Samhain rituals are being held and am not sure I want to go alone again. The last time I did, I was an outcast amongst outsiders. It was more hurtful then uplifting.

    So reality is I will likely put out my scary monsters, get my goodie bags together and hope (and pray – yes, Pagans do pray) that they are well received and I don’t find them dumped out on the ground around the corner of my apartment. Because that really would make me cry.

    Ok, I’m finally done now. Thanks for the review! The movie is on my list for next week.

    • natalieihnatova
      Author
      November 5, 2019 / 11:46 am

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  19. TRBRocks
    November 1, 2019 / 4:43 am

    I can’t wait to see the new Joker movie it looks awesome.

  20. Jodi Kimm
    November 5, 2019 / 12:51 am

    Excellent writing and love your style !

  21. November 6, 2019 / 5:31 am

    About half way through this review I said to myself, she gets it. She saw what they were doing.

    Movies like this can scare people. Not because of its content but by hitting so close to home. As you mentioned most of us have some form of mental illness. Most is probably wrong. All of us are messed up in some way but I say that’s a good thing. Otherwise we’d be a bunch of robots.

    Some people do not want to be reminded that the world is off balance and, sadly, those are the ones writing the poor reviews.

    This was excellent. In a perfect world you’ll write a great review about my book someday. Gulp…..now I put myself out there. 🙂

  22. November 12, 2019 / 11:03 pm

    I loved Joker. The film is downright in the news when we see all the revolts of peoples in the world. yellow vests for France, for example.

  23. November 13, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Can’t put it better than as well put:
    “THE JOKE IS HUMANITY’S WILLINGNESS TO BEND MORALITY BY ITS FAVOR”.
    And this is what we see in our real world today – day in day out . . . those you call themselves champions of democracy and humanity have gone trigger happy; selling arms and amo to groups, criminals, rebels, which leads to killing of innocents – displacements of millions . . . they give birth to the likes of “Joker” !!!! Sad.

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