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"Joker" Movie's Violence Isn't What Most Upset Me--THIS is



As I walked out of the “Joker” movie, one burning question resounded in my head: Why? To say it was disturbing would be an understatement. The gut-wrenching film upset me for reasons beyond its gore.


I didn’t walk in blind. I had seen the trailer months before and had scanned articles warning of the film’s potential to inspire violence. I was hesitant to go, but in the end agreed to see it with my husband, anticipating to be upset by what I’d heard from critics: a story that excused if not glorified evil.


When asked about whether he felt the film was irresponsible in the way it depicted violence, director Todd Phillips told reporters at the New York Film Festival, “Isn’t it a good thing to put real-world implications on violence?”


Is it? I often worry our society has become so obsessed with experiencing the world through our emotions that we are increasingly losing sight of what’s really important, valuing the shock factor above all else. As a result, we’re left with "Joker," a movie that goes out of its way to make the viewer feel uncomfortable, yet has succeeded astronomically in box office sales. Why? I couldn’t shake the question as I watched scene after scene.


We’re clearly meant to feel compassion for the Joker as we watch him experience both physical and psychological abuse throughout the film. Some argue the decaying state of Gotham is meant to be a reflection of our own society. Yet, Warner Bros insists: "Neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind."

So if the film’s goal is NOT to create an anti-hero out of the Joker, what is the main takeaway?

In my opinion – above all – the main takeaway is that viewers are meant to feel something, perhaps simply for the sake of feeling something. People should be cautious about latching onto the emotions evoked by this dark film. While the story seems to mimic reality, it lacks a key element of truth.


As a Christian, I believe wholeheartedly that despite all of the tribulation in the world, God presents hope for every human being on Earth – no matter how dark their circumstances may be.


I don’t pretend to comprehend the pain and trauma of someone who has a mental illness, as the Joker character is depicted, but I do know what God tells us in the Bible: “He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)


Throughout the movie, the Joker begs people to listen to his cries for help – to show him just a little bit of warmth in a world of anguish. When they don’t, the film depicts his last (and only) choice is to resort to violence.


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Tra Gettig
Tra Gettig
14 de out. de 2019

One last comment.Did anybody stop for one second,to think,that maybe the joker was really never mentally ill at all.What if,he fakes it,all for the sake of getting the ever so desperate help he is seeking,with all of his heart and soul but,nobody will listen!All he had was a dream,a dream to make people laugh.But,while trying to make that dream come true,nothing is going right.The poor guy is dancing in the street,mind you, probably for less than minimum wage,if that's possible,only to get robbed and beat down by a group of things.And then.His own boss won't even come to his aid and not only does he not give a crap about what Happ ended to him but,he goes one step further,and…

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Read this article. Still don't know what "THIS is" in the title. What upset you more than the violence. Could you please state that in one simple sentence. This should have been stated in paragraph 1 preferably sentence 1 of your article. But it was not so stated. Nor was it clearly stated elsewhere. If you pose a question question such as "THIS is" in the title, your audience deserves a clear answer.

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Tra Gettig
Tra Gettig
14 de out. de 2019

Jokerrevolution.com

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Tra Gettig
Tra Gettig
14 de out. de 2019

Here's a clue.Take a step back into our Egyptian past.This is where the Batman and joker story actually began...

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Tra Gettig
Tra Gettig
14 de out. de 2019

This wasn't about disrespect,only truth I would also like to comment that the Joker movie goes even deeper If you'll pay really close attention,it will all be revealed soon,that the joker and Batman aren't really arch nemesis.Behind the scenes they are actually,allies!Take that and let that percolate for a while,all u very intelligent folks.You are the branch of society that can spread the truth best.So,maybe do some digging.😉

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