I’ve always wanted to know more about “Joker.” What events led to this guy turning into the crown prince psychopath? Could he have been saved? After watching “Joker” on Saturday night, I don’t think there was any saving the guy.
I thought it was interesting to see that initial reports wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play the crown prince but scheduling conflicts prevented him from playing the role. Also, Martin Scorsese was the dream director, but he couldn’t because of the “Irishman.”
There is no other villain connected to DC or Marvel who can stand up next to “Joker.” I know, bold statement. It’s the truth because it could really happen. This guy was nuts! This wasn’t a superhero film, this was a film on mental health. Here’s a guy, who has spent what seems to be his entire life looking out for his sick mother. Who reminds him, pretty often, that’s he’s incapable of doing something special to help them get out of the situation that they’re in. You know, run-down apartment, little resources, nothing to eat, life for so many folks in America.
This guy couldn’t catch a break. Everything he did he was ridiculed. He was constantly being bullied and made fun of. I’m confused on how they think someone will respond after years of poor treatment. “Joker” literally reached his breaking point. Unfortunately for everyone else, it was at their expense.
There’s a line in the movie that I’ll never forget because my wife who is a social worker has heard the exact same words come out of patients’ mouths, “I’ve never been happy my entire life.” That was the saddest and most memorable line in the movie.
I had been waiting to watch this one for a while. I’m in that category where I have to wait for movies to come out on a streaming service because I have small children. I may be late to the party, but I now see why Joaquin Phoenix won a Golden Globe for his performance. I would be surprised if he didn’t win an Academy Awards for his work.
The soundtrack was perfect with Sinatra leading the way for Arthur’s transformation. I loved the dark cinematography in Joker. You could tell the story was taking place in Gotham. I loved the brief Bruce Wayne reference and story behind the Wayne’s. What was the symbolism behind the long dark stairways? What did that mean? Some of the cinematography reminded me of “The Exorcist.” The part of the film where’s Joker is walking up the stairs made me think of his arrival. As if he’s making his grand entrance onto the stage of Gotham. This movie was dark, disturbing, twisted, sick, and angry. I certainly wouldn’t let the kids watch this one, but I think you should.
Just a heads up, they have announced that they will make a Joker 2. No word yet on a release date.