Warning: Spoiler Alert.
Warning! Spoiler Alert!
If you have not watched Joker yet or is planning to do so, please stop reading and just come back later. 🙂
If you’re still reading, you’ve been warned.
Tonight I watched Joker alone in BHS cinema and I was left in awe and also felt tired from all the mini heart attacks I’ve had in the entire film.
Now, I’m not a big Joker fan to be perfectly honest. Just a side story before I ramble about Joker (or should I say Arthur), I planned on watching it from torrent actually and just go with my usual routine but then my manager was anxious he couldn’t share his views about the movie coz we haven’t watched it.
So, being a very good subordinate, I booked it via sureseats and watched it after work hours.
I may be going off tangent on random parts of the movie but just a quick run through for those still reading despite not having been watched it, here’s a plot summary (I’m supposed to paste a plot summary from the web but I figured I’ll try to summarize it on my own words and hopefully it won’t be as long as the ones in the web).
Arthur (will soon be known as Joker) lives with his mother Penny Fleck in Gotham City. The story revolves around his series of unfortunate events *wink wink* and him suffering from a neurological disorder that causes him to laugh uncontrollably when experiencing deep emotion. (Pretty inappropriate at times, tbh). His life was a never ending spiral down of being bullied and disappointments. From being fired from work, being told his dad is a running mayor of Gotham city but finding out he was a battered adopted child, to having an imaginary girlfriend.
His former workmate gave him a gun and from there, he had found liberty for the first time in his entire life. When he had decided to kill a group of teenagers that was bullying him in the train station, he had crossed the line he will never go back from. It’s like it gave him a renewed strength and that no one can harm him anymore.
Him killing the teenagers sparked rebellion in Gotham City. It’s as if it was a wake up call for the oppressed to stand up and fight.
He killed his mother, saying he thought his life was a misery but it was actually a comedy. He killed a popular talk show host in live broadcast, and it ignited a mass riot and he inadvertently contributed to Bruce Wayne’s (Batman) parents being killed that night.
Then a scene follows that he was in a police car but a group of rioters crashed the car he was at, freeing him and worshiping him as if he was a god.
The last scene was him being in a white room with a therapist and he was asked why was he smiling and he answered “You won’t get it.” Then he was dancing around the Arkham Psychiatric Hospital with red footprints implying he also killed the therapist. And cut scene / roll credits.
Amidst all the scene in the movie, I kind of sympathized with his life. It felt as though anyone can be the Joker if they were also pushed like that. I’m not a DC nerd as much as Marvel but this movie made me feel like the Joker was a good person too who was pushed over the edge because of the way he was judge by everyone around him.
Until it was pointed out to me how the movie was somehow a lie…
A lot of inconsistencies in the movie showed it was all in Joker’s head. That’s how sick he is — making it all up just so he can toy with the audience — or maybe because that’s what he thinks is funny to him.
He made it all up so we as the audience would feel empathy towards him and it was also funny to him that he somehow made Bruce Wayne the Batman. He was clearly a very inappropriate and inaccurate narrator of his own film — so this is not an origin arc but rather an imaginary story in his head. (At least in our theory)
It wasn’t also accurate that Batman’s parents was killed because of a riot. They were killed by a mugger.
So what’s the take away in this? Well, it’s just how Joker operates. That’s what entertainment is to him. But it all jived well, right? It’s a fine masterpiece — cinematography, music, acting(Joaquin Phoenix is exceptionally magnificent). I normally doesn’t get taken by movies like this but for them to come up with this type of story to me is painstakingly good. 🙂
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