Disclaimer: This post has all of the spoilers, son. Proceed with caution.
So, here’s the deal, man. On the real, I’m a lifelong Batman fan who finally got to see the newly-released Joker movie. Now, to be fair, I’ve seen a lot of the criticism that the film has garnered. Frankly, the detractors didn’t affect my viewpoint at all, fam. I mean, do folks not realize this is a movie about the Joker? A psychopath who kills people for sport? With that being said, the film is everything I wanted it to be, bruh.
Ok, for those who are unaware, the movie details the troubled life of Arthur Fleck. Now, according to this storyline, he’s a mentally ill clown-for-hire, who lives with his delusional mother and aspires to be a comedian. Anyway, through a series of unfortunate events, Fleck is left medication-less, jobless and loses his cotdamn mind. Shit, once Fleck freaks the fuck out, he murders seven people, including his own mother. In addition, he influences an entire city of misfits to engage in copious amounts of wilin’. Side bar, I’m really not doing the plot justice, son. Real talk, a TON of shit happens in this movie and I’m not even scratching the surface, man.
Moving on, the film is based around the idea that a few fucked up events can drive anyone crazy. The truth is, that premise borrows heavily from the Batman: The Killing Joke comic book that was released in 1988. The idea behind that graphic novel is that “one bad day” can make anybody insane. All in all, I see this Joker film as an interpretation of what the character was always intended to be. Like, yeah, the Joker is fucking looney tunes, but folks have always tried to theorize about why he ended up that way.
With all of that being said, I feel like some of these critiques are unnecessary, fam. First, there’s the idea that the movie is trying to excuse the behavior of White mass murderers. Look, anyone who reads this blog knows that I’m all about fighting the machine, bruh. However, there was nothing racial about this movie to me at all. The way I see it, the films revolves around two main concepts: mental health and poverty. All I know is, those topics aren’t exclusive to any racial or ethnic group, son. Now, does that justify the Joker’s actions? Fuck no, man. But, I definitely don’t agree with the idea that the movie is vindicating the Joker’s tomfoolery.
Second, I’ve always hated it when critics say that a piece of art will “inspire” people to replicate the behavior. Ok, yes, there is a scary possibility that some individual might look at Arthur Fleck and see themselves. But, should the director, Todd Phillips, have to worry about that? Hell, if that’s the case, then we’d have to apply that same logic to everything, fam. Look, if that’s the case, then Scarface shouldn’t have been made because it’ll inspire folks to sell cocaine. Euphoria shouldn’t have been made because it’ll inspire kids to do opioids. Honestly, where does it end, bruh? The fact is, no artistic expression is ever going to check all of the boxes of what’s “acceptable,” son.
In the end, Joker is exactly what I thought it would be, man. Ultimately, it’s the story of a dude who loses his shit and kills a bunch of people. By and by, if anyone has ever read ANYTHING about the Joker, they’d know that that’s precisely who the character is, fam. At the end of the day, if people are upset about what the film represents, then they’ve never been familiar with the Joker, bruh. That is all. LC out.
P.S. Joaquin Phoenix deserves some type of award for that performance, son. All I can say is, he acted the SHIT out of that role, man. He really had me convinced that he was bat-shit crazy, fam, pun intended. Good day.