‘Joker’ encapsulates the dystopian liberal revolution

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A scene from the Joker film

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As a movie fanatic, I go crazy for intense action scenes, busy shots full of movement and exciting music – however this film strangely caught my attention.

The Joker film elicited all sorts emotions. The experience of protests, carnage and riots, and an oddly close-to-home uprising was pleasant to watch from a third-person perspective, rather than being a part of it. This film was gruesomely awesome, and brutally honest. The outcast snaps and murders everyone that bullied him – and it was about time too. But was it?

Strangely enough, I’ve heard lots of people call him their hero, and it’s actually worrying to see. A murderer, a hero? To you? Why?!

But you must look at the bigger picture- an outcast suffering with trauma to the head, causing him to develop a condition which makes him laugh uncontrollably… All because his unstable, adoptive mother Ms. Fleck abused him relentlessly. The Joker was lead a life of lies due to his paranoid-anxious mother feeding him these lies- telling him his dad was Bruce Wayne, leading him to pursue Wayne his entire life.

The mental torture The Joker had to endure throughout his life is heart wrenching to watch – it is clear he needs help, sympathy, a nicer environment for him to heal in. He’s a wounded soul from the very beginning and not many of us can relate to this level of misfortune.

Watching the film didn’t open my eyes- I’ve always known not to beat people on the streets, and to help those in any sort of need to the best of my abilities. That being said, this film had a purpose; and from a consumer’s point of view, I think it was to raise awareness (to bullying) and to bring attention to the corrupt system we unfortunately live in.

The Joker lives a sad life with his dying mother Penny Fleck, and is assaulted (beaten to the ground and kicked senseless) twice during the beginning of the film which can only lead us to think, “how many times has this happened?” and, “when will he inevitably snap?”. Looking back at the broader picture, sadly we can predict his murder spree because of the sick mass murders we’ve seen not too far in the past… He’s bound to snap.

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Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker movie

The dystopian liberal revolution is all too real…

Revolutions, protests, strikes, etc. have happened since we can remember, like the world’s biggest strike (1920, Kapp Putsch). Governments become corrupt, problems arise, and the masses grow sick and tired.

We can see so much of our modern society reflected in the movie and it’s no shock that this is what the director wanted us to see.

The movie Joker, as of the 26th October 2019, has racked in $258.7 million- and has amassed a huge meme culture, making it one of the most influential films we have seen.

The eerie amount people relate to the Joker…

I’ve also seen a lot of ‘what if I’m the joker’ memes and honestly it baffles me. It’s easy to see how people struggling with a mental health condition could see some of their struggles reflected in Joaquin’s character- but Subway murder, public murder on live TV… too far. Is the Joker negatively influencing our public?

No. We can learn from the film. We’ve already seen the public outcry at the realisation that bullies shouldn’t bully, in any instance, but that’s not the only point they’re trying to make. We’re trying to put across this message that we suppress problems too much, and we kick low-income citizens when they are down and struggling. The system isn’t good enough no matter who riots.

Sudan, Northern Ireland, Copenhagen, Manchester, Brazil, Memphis, Paris, Indonesia, Jakarta, Iraq, and Bola. All of these riots left people dead- and they didn’t even have to happen. If these people were being treated right before they revolted, then they would still have their lives today.

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