The Joker Movie Review

The most talked about movie of this year is undoubtedly The Joker, which came out October 4th, 2019. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck (Joker) and focuses on the life of the Joker and why he is the way he is.

The movie throughout is quite dark because it revolves a lot around Arthur Fleck’s mental illness. Not only does it give a lot of insight on how the Joker thinks, but it also shows how dismal and corrupt Gotham is. The movie shows Arthur Flecks laughing disorder that causes him to laugh at times he doesn’t mean to. Not only does this condition cause him to be seen as weird by people around him, but it also causes his dream of becoming a comedian to be crushed because at his first stand show he can’t help but laugh uncontrollably. This stand up show is shown on television and mocked by Murray Franklin Fleck whom Fleck looks up to, causing him to be distraught.

Not only does the movie show how dirty Gotham is, but it also shows how the people of Gotham feel towards the upper class like Thomas Wayne who is running as mayor of Gotham. The resentment that the people of Gotham feel causes the city to burst into a huge riot of people wearing clown masks trying to go after the rich. 

I think that the movie does an excellent job at making the viewer understand why the Joker has so much bitterness towards the rich. The movie left me feeling uncomfortable because it made it seem as though I was living as Arthur Fleck and going through what he was going through. Not only that, but there was also a lot of gore and brutal murders throughout the movie. 

This a great movie to watch after watching the Batman series because it gives background information about the Joker that the viewer probably did not know when watching Batman. It also weirdly made me feel sympathy and understand why the Joker is so ruthless, which I would not have if I had just watched the Batman series. Not only does it give information about the Joker but the cinematography is fantastic and Joaquin Phoenix does an astounding job acting as the Joker. 

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