Hey, why did he play that card anyway?
First of all, sorry for not posting for awhile guys. For those who still remain to check this bad boy out, you are the few, the proud, and the brave, and the Mist thanks you by granting you a complementary hug from a Mist (Just go out and put your sweaty arms around the nearest cloud you see. I promise it won't bite ^_^) and a warrior expedition with a Warrior Falcon, coming... Next time you dream about one. In all seriousness though, my computer rage quit on me, so I've been lax in the blog makin', yet here I am, with another one, just for you ;).
I've decided to do something different this time, and not talk about Yu-Gi-Oh or politics, but a movie, and what better way to kick off the Halloween season than to talk about a movie featuring a comic book, homicidal clown pushed to the brink by society? There were a lot of positives about the movie, including its commentary about the mentally ill in our society (something I've touched on before. You know, the whole anti-social personality thing bursting out of control due to us diving into our technology like eager kids jumping into a half-empty pool without a life guard) and the income disparity and how it causes strife between economic classes. In short, the movie was DEEP, and I'm glad Disney doesn't have its hands on Time Warner to mass produce more money making blockbusters with the shallowness of a river in the Sahara (Half joking: The Disney-Marvel movies are great, entertaining movies, but you CAN'T say the most thought provoking super hero flicks came from the Mouse House). The true question is: Is it worth the hype? Well... Yes and no.
The movie is worth the hype because it's not just a good quality movie, but an entertaining one. The movie builds itself and atmosphere with meaningful lessons touching on controversial issues in our modern society, which makes it a good quality movie, just like the best books are ones relevant by giving us a snippet into the social strife and issues of its time's publication. Joker is entertaining because of its suspense, and I mean Alfred-Hitchcock-and-Joel-Schumacher-love-child levels of suspense. The movie plays with the Joker's level of psychosis to make him a truly unpredictable character, to the point where you're always uncertain of his actions, what's real in his mind, and what's real in his life. In a way, Joaquin Phoenix creates one of the most unpredictable Jokers you'll ever see, while at the same time making him as relatable as possible, a performance that will leave you leaning forward in your seat, despite the film's slow pacing.
Okay... Now on why Joker DOESN'T deserve the hype. All this negative press... I mean, was it really necessary for the U.S. military to warn the public about possible shootings from the Joker movie? I can't think of a single movie about bulling or the killing of police officers (or of some police officers killing innocent people) that caused a warning to be released. Does anyone remember a such a message being released with The Matrix when Morpheus said anyone in the system could be an Agent, so collateral damage was fair game? Or how about in the School Daze gun scene? Or how about the Punisher series, where an ex-military officer becomes a vigilante and kills criminals without a trial? Do you want to know the biggest difference between those movies and Joker? The primary targets for the violence isn't government agents who can become anybody, or bullies, or criminals denied their due-process in court, but the rich and powerful. The scares for the Joker movie are not only unwarranted, but in part prove part of the message the movie presents: The safety and care for the every-man gets ignored, but when the rich and powerful are threatened, an immediate reaction is seen to counter it, even if the threat comes from a fictional character in a comic book movie.
So, in conclusion, The Joker movie is definitely worth dat hype, but not that automatic rifle you have in your trunk, the concealed hunting knife and pistol tucked under your belt, and the real bulletproof vest your sporting (How in the hell did fake bulletproof vests become a fashion statement?! I... I just can't sometimes.)
Oh, and I lied, I am going to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh: SUCK IT CHAOS-GUARDRAGON! SUCK IT ALL THE WAY HOME!!!! MWHAHAHAHAHAAAA!
*Sigh* got that out of my system. In anycase, happy hunting out there, and remember to stay safe, but not from comic book movies. They're not going to kill you; mentally ill people ignored by the government and you because you're only concerned about yourself and not the well-being of your fellowman might though, and this movie, as we've been seeing in the news for the past few years, will have nothing to with that.