Disturbing ‘Joker’ a Powerful Portrayal

Brady Monks, Staff Reporter

It’s simple. I saw it twice and I loved “Joker.”

Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Joker as psychotic doesn’t even feel like you’re watching an actor act. It feels like you are watching a sad, confused man who is mentally unstable lose his mind because of society.

Arthur Fleck (Joker) says, “Sometimes I don’t even know I exist.”

Joker says some very disturbing and crazy things through the film. Some people got up and left halfway through the movie.

Joker says to his therapist, “All I have are negative thoughts.” 

I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize… it’s a comedy.”

— The Joker

Joker has a rare laugh condition. When he is uncomfortable, he laughs. He did this many times during the film. For example, his dream was to be a comedian, and he was pursuing it. He finally got a gig and tried to tell some jokes. They were not funny and kind of odd,  and through half of the performances, he couldn’t stop laughing.

Some people stated that “he also starts laughing because he is sad, and he tries to turn that to happy thoughts.” Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) sees Joker’s act and made fun of him on live TV after Auther Fleck has been a fan of Franklin for the longest time.

Fleck gets invited on the show, and this is the first time he is called “The Joker.” He is lost and forgets who he is as a person.

“When you bring me out, can you introduce me as Joker” was the last thing he said before turning into The Joker.

“Joker” keeps you on your toes. It is a raw movie with little CGI.  That is the difference between Marvel and DC movies. “The Dark Knight,” for example, had very little CGI, and the movie made $1 billion.

“Joker” is exciting, dark and disturbing. It shows that real people have these same issues, and it made me more self-aware.

Fleck turns into someone who becomes a killer, and it is a joke to him. He loses his ability to see reality. As he slowly loses his mind day by day, he says, “I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize… it’s a comedy.”

The film deserves its R rating because it is disturbing. Relatives and friends I spoke to had lots of good things to say about the film.   “Joker” is an all-around great film.