Hello Friends, This last weekend, my grandma and I had a girls day and went and saw the new Joker movie. Let’s just say it was…. interesting.
Before we jump into my thoughts and analysis of Joker, here is your warning that if you have not seen Joker and want to; stop here. SPOILERS INCOMING
Something everyone should know about me Is that I don’t sugar coat. So I’m about to dig into this movie
In short, I did not enjoy this film. I thought nothing could be worse than Suicide Squad’s Joker but somehow it got worse.
Before I go on my tangent on the negatives, Joker did have some things going for it. The biggest thing that I enjoyed was how well they were able to make you feel like you were inside his mind and seeing things from his eyes, and all the mental illness In cased in doing so. Then the scene where he transforms into Joker and walks down the street, that was really well done. I really like his design in this movie. It brought it back to the OG Jokers that I grew up on like Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger. When I think of Joker I think of those two, so I was really glad that they brought back the iconic look of Joker back.
Will have to say the cinematography was AMAZING, loved the visuals no matter how disturbing.
Now onto the fun stuff. My first gripe is the reasoning behind his laugh. He has a hysterical maniacal laugh because he has a medical condition that causes him to laugh at times that he probably shouldn’t….. What? That ain’t my Joker.
Yes, Joker has even said it himself that he is uncertain about who he was before or how he became the Joker saying “Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… if I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”
However the theme that keeps coming back is that he goes insane due to some kind of trauma or another. Which in turn leads to his maniacal laugh. So for the creators to decide that no Joker’s going to have a super rare laughing disorder; even though they make it very clear that he does have extreme trauma and countless reasons to go insane throughout the movie , just doesn’t quite make sense. It seems like they were trying so hard to be different from the previous Jokers that they just slapped on another illness.
Besides the weird, slightly awkward reasoning for laughter. The story line made almost no sense. The best way to describe it would be a very tight roller coaster that’s just flinging you in every direction but not in the good fun way.
You go from he’s at work getting beat up. To receiving a gun from a coworker. Some reason bringing it to a children’s hospital, getting fired. That part makes sense.
Then he kills three guys on the subway because they’re beating him up and he snaps. To dancing in a bathroom ( he dances alone in bathrooms or his living room sooo much in this movie, often without much clothes on) which makes absolutely no sense to me.
To this romance with a neighbor for at least 45 minutes that you later find out was a whole hallucination. Which then leads to him finding out that his mom ( who’s also not there mentally) has been lying to him for years about how Thomas Wayne is apparently his dad. Which makes his mom have a stroke and leads to him looking us his mom's records to find out that her and her adopted son (him?) were abused heavily when the son was a young age and how she hallucinates big time.
Then a huge killing spree happens consisting of friends, role models and family.
And throughout this whole movie in the background has been a clown uprising since Joker killed the three men In the subway.
After his killing spree and he turns full joker, he gets arrested, the mobs of clowns “save him” one of the masked clowns kills Bruce Wayne’s parents. And that’s how the story ends.
I will say on paper it does make more sense. But you got to realize I’ve been thinking about what happened in this movie for over 4 days now. So much crazy stuff happens that I can’t even put into words. This is what I can fully remember and put all together. But actually watching the movie, you’re brain will explode trying to understand what’s going on.
I don’t know y’all, I mean we seriously almost left the movie at least 3 times. I’ve seen and heard so much praise for this movie… Did I miss something… doc I watch the entirety wrong film? What did I miss I’m genuinely curious and 1000‰ confused.
That’s all I got for now.
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