Joker Movie Review


Theatrical release poster for Joker, which debuted in theatres on October 4th

Joe Borunda



Have you ever seen a movie so powerful and influential it felt like you were alongside the characters yourself?  This movie is Joker. A riveting drama that follows the life of Arthur Fleck, a failed stand up comic who turns to a life of crime as a result of the torment and bullying he faced every day.  


First off, this movie is highlighted by a stellar performance from Joaquin Phoenix.  His preparation and dedication to the role was evident, playing a convincing impression of a mentally ill person with a syndrome that causes him to laugh uncontrollably at inappropriate times.  Robert De Niro played a supporting role as Murray Franklin, a popular late night talk show host, and Arthur’s idol. De Niro’s arrogant demeanor made him perfect for the role, and if someone else playing Murray had mocked Arthur it wouldn’t have made the film as authentic or entertaining in my opinion.  Any other actor wouldn’t have inclined me to sympathize with the Joker, which is another aspect that makes this film so enjoyable, it provokes feelings of compassion for the villain.  


Like I said before, this movie is riveting.  Riots, murder, and mental health all play pivotal roles and those are just to name a few.  There are scenes in this movie that will leave you watching intently, and there are scenes that explicitly depict what’s sadly true about society. This alone is a reason to head to the theater and watch this piece of art, the plethora of emotions you will feel is truly an amazing experience, and watching it in a theater made it substantially better. 


Finally, I love how this film revolves around the aspect of mental health.  My favorite quote in this movie is “the worst part about having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t”  This quote holds true throughout, as Fleck is belittled, assaulted, and alienated from his peers, because they didn’t understand that he had a mental illness and treated him horribly since he didn’t behave the way they did.  I like the focus on his condition, because It’s a reminder that we should be kind to whoever we encounter, because you don’t know what they’re going through. 


In conclusion, this movie is a must watch, and reading the reviews on it won’t do you justice, because  “you wouldn’t get it”