“Joker”: A Terrifying Thrill

Logan Morgan, Recorder

Face paint. Gunshots. Insanity. This origin story will have you at the edge of your seat. 

The film that everyone is talking about is the 7th highest grossing film of 2019. As of November 13 “Joker” has made 988.7 million dollars at the box office worldwide. It is the highest grossing R-rated film of all time. 

The movie is about a character named Arthur Fleck that seeks a connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Fleck is a day job clown with mental disabilities. He is isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, he begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal known as the “Joker”. 

The main character, Arthur Fleck, is played by the Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actor Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix lost 52 pounds to play the part, which sparked Oscar talk for the actor and movie. 

I have seen the film and I enjoyed it. The film gave me a different point of view of mental health issues and a different point of view of people in general. I enjoyed “Joker” because it’s an origin story. I enjoy movies that are about the rising of superheroes or villains. The story line was consistent and was understood. Some parts may be graphic, but that’s what the “joker” is all about.

The film has a 69% on rotten tomatoes and an 8.8 out of 10 on IMDb. Behindwoods.com states “joker is brutal, dark, and a compelling origin story of a man’s painful journey to self destruction” and rated it 3.2 out of 5. The film received mixed reviews all around, but it’s all about who’s watching it. I’d recommend it.