The new movie from the director Todd Phillips’s (The Hangover), based on the DC character, Joker shows his trajectory until his transformation into the famous villain.
With a strike going through and the city streets with tons of trash and strong social tensions, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a clown from an agency who needs to do a lot of miscellaneous work to survive in this society. In this context, it is practically impossible to go through violence without being hit, and we realize what it does to Arthur, who experiences the despair and neglect in his own skin.
It is not only external factors that hurt Arthur, but psychological as well, as he suffers from a condition that causes him to laugh uncontrollably regardless of the situation. Having to take care of her mother and all the daily abuse, going through the illusions with the host and comedian Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro).
Initially we have a moment of empathy for him but then we follow Arthur’s regression of humanity along with his growing psychological problems as he learns about his past and his own mother Penny (Frances Conroy). Of course, the Wayne family could not be left out, showing the family when Bruce’s parents were still alive and also making room for a possible continuation.
Arthur’s journey to become the Joker is full of lows, with many delusions and fantasies. As proposed, the film retains a much more adult scenario and shows a cruel and naked reality to the viewer, without sparing the scenes of violence, and making it possible to understand where all the sadistic features the Joker presents came from.
The film’s debut coincides with Batman’s 80th birthday, and this is a film that crowns one of the gold-key superhero’s most iconic antagonists.