Joker

Just to be clear, there will be no spoilers in this post!

Last night we saw Joker which I was really looking forward to seeing. I’m not much of a movie person, but this one caught my eye. I’m a sucker for tragic, dark movies and this was just good as I was hoping.

After seeing it, I can understand the controversy surrounding this movie. The theater we visited had signs up prohibiting masks, face makeup, and costumes. Just seeing that sign made me uneasy, although I’m not sure that was the intention. This movie was dark, violent, and not one part of it made you feel good. It was tragic.

Joaquin Phoenix was phenomenal. The character development was impressive. The music has a way of provoking empathy, although it felt wrong to feel bad for him. The story had some unexpected turns and I felt it really highlighted Arthur’s mental illness.

I don’t agree with banning the movie’s release. I think mental illness paired with violence scares people but it’s important to show mental illness in such a raw, real way. Many, many people live with different forms of mental illness and there should be more awareness. Sometimes awareness comes through entertainment. People are afraid of what they don’t know and the more people are exposed to the different forms of mental illness, the better prepared we can be as a society to help those suffering – even if that exposure comes as a fictional but familiar character.

I loved it.

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