Review on new movie “Joker”

Sophia W., Editor-in-Chief

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This past Friday, I had the opportunity to see the new movie Joker. It is not a joke on how important this film can be to the people who watch it and how amazing the quality is overall.

This film follows the life of a mentally ill man, Arthur Fletch, in a corrupt society and his day to day encounters with the seemingly dark world. As the days get harder for him, the audience sees the transformation from Arthur to his true form as the Joker.

Watching this movie was not easy at certain points. I caught myself on the edge of my seat multiple times throughout the showing. Mental illness, poverty and injustice of society were well depicted through the infamous character and supporting actors as well. Joker has created the opportunity for the audience to talk about what message the director is trying to convey. By using colors, perfectly orchestrated scores and beautiful shots, director Todd Phillips created a form of art.

There are many scenes that just captivated me and made me want to pause the movie to really dive deep in the intricacy of that shot. One in particular was when Arthur, now Joker, is in the elevator of his apartment. He stands alone while the warm yet unsettling yellow light is over him. He has painted a facade on himself and is dressed in red, but viewers can still see the pain that Arthur is feeling. Everything feels quite eerie and still, which is just preparation for his big “act”.

Not only did Joker spark conversation on mental illness and the effects of trauma, but it also sparked controversy. Before the release of this film, people were arguing about whether or not this movie should even come out. To many, it glorified mental illness and made it seem rather okay to murder people because you were having a bad day. In my opinion, this was not the point of the movie.

Arthur Fletch has struggled with ongoing mental illness for his whole life. Others around him show no mercy when he acts a bit peculiar. After seeing how he deals with the ruthless society and how often he has to deal with his continuous problems, this movie will leave you rooting for the bad guy. Although a strange concept, Joker gives audiences the opportunity to step inside the shoes of a truly troubled person.

What I really appreciate most about this film is that it did not hold back. The raw, emotional feelings were there and very evident. There were times that I questioned if they should have shown a gruesome part or wondered if a scene could have been done differently. The fact of the matter is that if an uncomfortable or vital scene was left out to spare a viewers’ feelings, the message and importance of this film would have been extinguished.

When you leave the theater it’s as though you watched yourself being ridiculed and living in a damaged state of mind. I highly recommend seeing this. Joker is a one-of-a-kind movie that will open your eyes to the people around you, even when you step outside of the theater.