A few days ago, I went to the cinema for the first time in ages to see the film Joker. I’d heard so much about it so I was very excited to see if it lived up to the hype.
I feel like I came out of the cinema in a complete daze not even knowing what to say. It was dark yet realistic, overwhelming yet amazing, and I can’t really put any of it into comprehensible words that will give it justice, but I’ll try my best.
Joaquin Phoenix’s acting of the Joker was insane! He managed to inhabit the character so well that I inhabited the character too by effect. He managed to produce this evil yet heart-breaking laugh and, together with the cinematography and music, really did live up to the eerie yet intriguing atmosphere. You want to wince away but you also want to inch closer, asking why.
The film as a whole was extremely dark – I’m surprised it’s not an 18 because it deals with some heavy stuff – but it also represents a part of society that is easily overlooked. It reminds people that different backgrounds create different stories and what is easy for one person is not as easy for someone else. It also represents how the systems of society often let people down – people that are mentally ill aren’t treated well enough and perhaps this is one of the reasons why crime surfaces. We can’t judge from the outside; dive into the film Joker and you’ll sure as hell be understanding from the inside.
I think what I took from the ending is that life just goes on. We walk round and round and back and forth just like the Joker did on that final scene in the corridor. Life moves on and it doesn’t stop for one person. The Joker left bloodied footprints along the hall, which I think was a cool way to compose the final scene, but no one will know who left them. We all leave footprints that no one will ever fully know or understand. What happened to the Joker happens all the time and we don’t even know about it because we’re too busy strolling our own separate corridors. And occasionally, just maybe, we might bump into the truth. And watching Joker is that truth.
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