‘Joker’ Is A Compelling Dive Into How Mental Health Can So Easily Slip Into Nihilistic Tendencies
‘Joker’ was an erudite experience. Void of any special effects that are evincing in the superhero genre, ‘Joker’ is a compelling dive into how mental health can so easily slip into nihilistic tendencies. All through the self-annihilating tendencies of Arthur Fleck ( the resplendent Joaquin Phoenix), the film delved deeper into Arthur’s despondent life and by the end of the film, the eight-minute standing ovation for the film at the Venice Film Festival becomes clear.
Todd Phillip’s masterpiece sparkles in grime-glitter while diving into the origins of the much-loved villain; an estranged clown who suffers from a condition that turns his internal demons into uncontrollable fits of laughter. While at first, you laugh along, you’re quickly tormented by the hellish, awfully tragic life Arthur scrapes by with. He lives with his mother in crime-stricken Gotham, and dreams to be a stand-up comedian. He is constantly abused, insufferably bullied and endlessly mocked, all turning him into a homicidal clown who will now do just about anything to give his life meaning. Welcome to the world of ‘Joker’ — a cultural phenomenon and a catalyst for new-age superhero films; Joaquin Phoenix you’ve done it. You’ve struck gold.
Part of my ‘ 5-minute review’ series