After an horrible flight delay and a Sunday down with sore throat, fever and sinusitis pain, was aching to get back to action.
A solid recommendation from sonny prompted me to get well on a fast track and booked Monday night tickets with bro.
The movie is not about a comic book character in a conventional sense, do not expect superhero stuff here. Instead this is perhaps the most chillingly real portrayal of a man suffering from mental health issues.
Arthur Fleck suffers from a neurological condition, prone to sudden bursts of laughter. He lives in a rundown apartment with his ailing mom. Arthur’s mom keeps writing letters to the town’s politician Thomas Wayne, requesting help for herself and her son.
Arthur’s condition gets him jobs of a stand in clown outside departmental stores. He is bullied, abused, beaten up all the while laughing uncontrollably due to his condition. He carries a card that describes his disorder which he can show to people who may be offended by his laughs.
#JoaqinPhoenix scares you by the sheer transformation, both physical and mental, and bringing alive the #Joker on the screen. The movie has generated controversy world over on the depiction of mental health, probably because #Joker brings out the various issues that delve in each and every human being. As a quote in the movie goes – The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.
This is the struggle of #Joker, who constantly tries to be a part of the society, a society that is biased, prejudiced towards people like him and continue to ridicule, manipulate (Arthur’s colleague Randall), detest and adopt a patronising attitude (lack of government support, social services).
When Arthur reads one of his mom’s letter which reveals that he is the son of Thomas Wayne (Bruce Wayne – Batman is a child), he pines for acknowledgment but gets ridiculed again.
Is #Joker really the son of Thomas Wayne and brother of Bruce Wayne – check out what happens when the Arthur aka #Joker realizes that while he lived his life in self pity, his life was not a tragedy but a f#₹%@ comedy !
I need to see it again, an incredible feat by #ToddPhilips but may not be palatable to all.
7 stars all the way !