New “Joker” Movie Comes up Short with the Laughs


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The Joke hit theatres and definitely made people talk. Unfortunately, all the talk wasn't positive.

Sean Levonaitis and Lexi Nielsen

One movie that has been talked about for months, hit theatres on Oct. 4. The film, Joker, directed by Todd Phillips is a story about a failed comedian, Arthur Fleck, who lives and walks in the streets of Gotham City. Arthur has two ways he presents himself to others around him. For one, he paints for his day job as a clown, and the odd attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker who has many brawls against a famous superhero many people love and cherish, Batman.

The movie has acquired varying opinions from those who took a trip to theaters to watch the film. Many viewers might wonder how this could be the work of the same Todd Phillips who directed “The Hangover” and “Road Trip,” which have garnered worldwide acclaim for being incredibly funny.  Phillips, however, takes a different direction with this film in terms of genre and content. Instead of viewers laughing along with the characters, some were disturbed by certain parts which caused those viewers to get up and walk out while the movie was still running on screens.

The disturbing and uncomfortable scenes also accompanied with an overused laugh that the Joker is known for. Now do not get viewers wrong, but too much laughing can result in frustration, especially when they feel they hear the laugh every other second.

A New York writer, Anthony Lane, spoke about his views on the movie that is catching everybody’s attention.

“I happen to dislike the film as heartily as anything I’ve seen in the past decade,” Lane said.

The movie disappointed many viewers. The past movie related to the topic of Joker, The Dark Knight Rises, was a huge hit when it came to the viewers’ enjoyment unlike this film. Overall, the movie brought frowns to people’s faces rather than smiles.