Critics have the Joker character all wrong


After the newest Joker movie, several people have opinions about the Jokers character

Samuel Ogali , Courier Staff

When I read a year ago that Joaquin Phoenix was going to play the Joker character in a stand alone movie, I, like many others, were quite skeptical of this.

Phoenix is a well respected actor, but the Joker is a character that’s very hard to truly accomplish and doing a stand alone movie could either go one way or another. But as the trailers started to come out, I started to actually like what I saw and even considered watching this movie; once news publications starting proclaiming it to be dangerous and inciting violence, I wanted to make my own judgment and saw the movie for myself, and I’m so glad I did.

Todd Phillips’ adaptation of Joker is honestly one of the best movies I’ve seen. From the gritty presentation of Arkham City to the type of music being used to the unforgettable performance by Phoenix, this movie is masterful storytelling and isn’t any ordinary comic book movie.

Yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is fantastic and has made superhero movies what they are today, but if that’s what you’re expecting in Joker, you’re completely wrong. This Joker movie is more of an origin story that details the life of a man who slowly progresses into utter insanity, due to society’s lack of care and attention for people going through mental health struggles. What Phillips’ Joker does so great is not portraying a one-dimensional evil person, but purposely adds depth to him, his life and the situations in his life that force people to have sympathy for him. This gives you very different layers to this man and forces you to evaluate the circumstances that may have to lead him down his path.

One of the most important aspects of this movie is its reflection on society as a whole. In this movie, many scenes just made me frustrated at certain people. The main character (who eventually becomes the Joker) struggles with mental health but countless times is ridiculed and harassed for this. For me, this shows the blatant hypocrisy of everyday people, how we preach tolerance and care for one another but do the exact opposite of that with someone that is different or has different beliefs. This movie truly casts a light on our actions as a society and even shows us how situations can escalate as a result of this.

I honestly don’t want to give any spoilers for this movie because I saw it with fresh eyes and was completely blown away. This movie really wasn’t what I was expecting and I’m happy because I got a movie that challenged my beliefs and made me think afterward, and when a movie does that, in the end, you know it’s unforgettable.