The most anticipated movie of the year, the tribute to Heath Ledger’s memory, the American shooting danger warnings and Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar guarantee – Joker (2019) did not leave the headlines the entire year.
In the opening week, Joker made 248 million dollars. Which set the record for openings in the month of October. Already, everyone in the world has written their opinion pieces about the movie.
So, here’s one more.
Firsts of all, this is not a cinema critique. I thoroughly enjoyed the cinematic elements of the movie. From the acting to the score, as an average moviegoer, I loved it.
This will be about the story, sociological commentary of the movie and the message it gives.
Are we tolerating murder now? Is that the message the movie is trying to give? In the movie, Joker, or Arthur Fleck, kills three rich white men who are being assholes to a girl in the subway. This act unintentionally creates an uprising in Gotham City. Citizens take Joker’s side, incidentally saying because those three men represented the higher class, their murder is justified. Now, I will not go into class debate, that’s another article maybe, but the general question stands: are we tolerating murder now? Is that what the philosophy of anarchism is about?
Or is this America’s way of saying “Anarchists are murderers”? Is that the message the movie is trying to give?