Why Are Awakened Media Against The Joker?
When he premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month, Time magazine's Stefania Zakharek made a movie for an allegedly likable portrait of her protagonist, who "can easily be accepted as a holy patron of the Intels." The stream of such comments came from critics who worried about his morally ambiguous portrayal of a psychotic mass murderer, inciting violence in the real world – that lonely and estranged young men would love to love the violent crowds on the final scene of the film, see the Joker as a hero. As if to confirm these concerns, the New York Police Department even placed hidden police officers on open night film adaptations.
None of them have stopped the Joker from making a weekend debut of more than $ 90 million. Part of what made it a success at the box office is undoubtedly that we were all warned that this is a dangerous and problematic movie that some people may go wrong and we may not have.
The film, as most people still know, is about Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill clown who lives with his mentally ill mother and dreams of becoming a comic book character. Played by the thin (and very awesome) Joaquin Phoenix on the rail, Fleck has serious problems and is in dire need of real help, which he does not get. Instead, he undergoes a series of setbacks and humiliations and gradually goes into violent psychosis.
At the end of the movie, amid violent riots in the city, he became the folk hero of the disgruntled wrath of Gotham. Against the background of random violence and social breakup, the Joker is born.
What critics have denied above all is that Fleck is not portrayed as pure evil. He has actual reasons for his violence. Simply put, he takes revenge on an unjust world that has shown him too little kindness and no love at all.
In recent interviews, director Todd Phillips has expressed disgust at the liberal Hollywood and "extreme" culture of awakening. But despite these awakened critics' denials, the Joker isn't really that political. As far as the political analogy works, it is an accusation of the rudeness of civic life. There is even a subtle sense of anti-antifa to masked gothamites holding signs that read "Wayne = fascist" and "Kill the rich."
The character of billionaire industrialist Thomas Wayne is not exactly a thrombus figure, but he is a neo-gender elite who is absolutely right when he says "something is wrong with Gotham and that the city needs help. He also tells the truth about Arthur's mother, Penny. , and her disturbing history of mental illness and abuse. After all, he and his wife are killed not by the Joker themselves, but by the occasional disturbance inspired by the Joker's psychotic abuse.
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The film, consciously or not, makes some implicit arguments, including the argument of compassion and community and community and community Here we have a profile of an angry person who goes into psychosis who is not helping anyone ̵
A professor of pop culture told the Washington Post that all talk of potential real-world violence around the film distracts from the wonderful opportunity to "use the film for dialogue on issues such as alienation, toxic masculinity and the fragility of whiteness."
But the Joker is really an opportunity for a completely different dialogue about the role of families, what people need most in life, and what promotes civic solidarity and solidarity. This, however, inadvertently suggests that perhaps the best way to stand up to the estrangement and disappointment of Arthur Fleck is with an intact family, loving mother and father.
Perhaps most people need friendship and love and togetherness. We may need to rethink how we have destroyed the institutions and traditions that have supported these things. Perhaps the radical atomization, isolation and independence of modern life do not contribute to prosperity and happiness. We may need to start taking these things seriously.
If we do, it will mean a rethinking of half a century of progressive thought and the question of whether it was all a flock of lies. And, perhaps, this is the real reason that has stirred up the Joker's hatred of the media.