Joker is one of, if not the most, recognizable comic book villain to date. The villainous clown has had many iconic roles, ranging from Mark Hamil’s voice acting in the animated Batman series to Heath Ledger’s award-winning role in The Dark Knight. Now we have a new face to the clown, and that comes in the form of Joaquin Phoenix’s rendition of the character in Joker.
Whether or not you loved the movie or hated it, most people agree; Phoenix’s performance was incredible.
The movie follows Arthur Fleck, soon to be Joker, as he tries to find happiness in a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams. He takes care of his mother and dreams of being a comedian while being stuck working in a failing apartment complex and being mocked by his coworkers.
One of the important messages in the movie is about mental illness. Not that all mentally ill people are dangerous like most people seem to be interpreting. Rather, the movie focuses on how mentally ill people are treated.
Throughout the movie, Arthur Fleck is beaten, ridiculed, and mocked for something he cannot control. Something that seems to standout is when he wrote, “The funny thing about having a mental illness is that people expect you to behave as if you don’t” in his journal.
The movie is disturbing, well-written, and tense, but is worth a watch. If not for the movie, watch it to see Phoenix’s amazing performance. This performance could easily earn an Oscar for the actor.