It is not yet another a review of Joker where the merit of the film is justified once again. Joker, a real head-turner based on the characters on the DC universe, comes home to delight the fans. The disappointing Justice League (2017) quibbled and slipped in its authenticity that let down the DC series a bit. While their rival, MCU, enchants the audiences with their Avengers series, Joker sprouts new. It reinstates the hope once again and the proof is the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Joker partly imbues one set of audiences with his disruption. He makes another part of them aware of the engulfed darkness he presents. Director Todd Philips’ scrupulous film-making and the mellowing soundtracks keep you steady through the course. Lawrence Sher’s cinematography perfects the alluring experience of being in the filthy Gotham City. And the strongest main element of Joker is the exceptional performance of the protagonist Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck. The raving reviews of Joker are the proof which recognize this extensive detailing that has gone into the film. When we further dive into the key idea that emerges out of the film, we see a dire need to introspect ourselves in the society we live in.
Joker emphasis on its key that when bullying is overlooked, it, sure, would result in the fit of madness that we witness in Arthur. While Joker’s villainous stance is being lived up, we are also startled at seeing his devious mind unfolds. The entangling wickedness in him reflects his anguish, the severe depression that he has been suffering from. It scares us and leaves us with a certain uneasiness. It’s because Joaquin’s Joker goes the other way from empathizing himself instead his madness frightens us to stay far from him.
We romanticize the serial killers and their sinful actions in the movies. We live in “MIND HUNTERS” era. While we enjoy many of such kind of these gripping film-watching experiences, Joker sticks out to engrave its key, to register the importance of being nice. When we recognize a bully in a crowd, it’s obvious that we know better not to put someone down in any way. It is significant to not to turn ourselves into a bully in the rushed life we live as much as it’s important to listen to the people who consider themselves weak. Their need for validation should be taken into the account. We just have to be nice and how hard could it be. To all those people who have called freaks and attention seekers the Arthur Flecks out there, Depression is real. It is time for them to be nice. It’s time to stop inflicting them more pain than they have already endured. It’s time to stop being mean.
Arthur is given no value or importance in his life until he turns into his daunting alter-ego Joker. His cold smile leaves us unnerving. When Arthur feels that he has been put down by this society just because he is who he is, it taps his locked up emotions. We witness suddenly a massive outpouring in his reaction in order to fight his pain. His wretched soul does find a cure but that only leaves others unsettling. Joaquin’s Arthur effortlessly points out that bullying should be taken seriously. He chronicles that being different from one another is not the reason to squash the weak. Joker is a spine-chilling, riveting experience that doesn’t let you take your eyes off of Joaquin’s surrealistic moves.
Lakshmi is a scribbler by night who wants to experience all sorts of emotions the silver screen offers for once and pens them down to reflect upon them time and again. She also finds talking about herself in third person amusing as it lets her conscience to think that she actually believes in herself.