Todd Phillips’ Joker is the most radical film released by a major studio since Fight Club in 1999. In fact, I find it amazing that Phillips was allowed pretty much free reign for what amounts to the most shocking and disturbing film based on a comic book. And here’s what you may find the most disturbing, that Joker is relatable because just like Arthur Fleck, we all have negative thoughts sometimes. We all face bullies in some form. And we all struggle in some way just to get by and hold onto some form of sanity in this increasingly crazy world.
“…like Arthur Fleck, we all have negative thoughts.”
So when we first meet Arthur working his job as a clown, we actually feel sympathy for him. But when Arthur’s negative thoughts come to gruesome fruition, that’s when that sympathy turns to revulsion and Fleck is reborn as the murderous clown we know from the comics, graphic novels and other incarnations of the character in movies, animation and on TV.