I had the pleasure of watching Joker in a sold out theater in Manhattan. Before seeing the movie, I had no inclination of what the movie was going to be about nor am I a Batman Fan (though I do like the Batman movie series). Thus, I walked into the theater unbiased. It was only after watching the movie that I found out about the controversy that surrounded the movie. Many stated that Warner Brothers was being irresponsible for releasing a movie that mocked people suffering from mental illness. Thus, once the movie played after the million and one movie previews I was able to decide for myself.
The movie had a very slow start, even though it began with a bit of action. It took awhile before I was able to understand the plot of the movie. Thus, it was quite obvious from the very beginning that the “Joker” was going to kill someone, there was no suspense on that end. However, the suspense did appear when the “Joker” continued to laugh for no reason. I began to wonder what inside of him made him laugh, and why was he laughing so lofty. One did try to understand.
Then I realized that he was laughing because the world is so sad, and like the “Joker” and the Wall Street bankers that he killed, everyone is just laughing at one another for no other reason then to feel better about themselves. And until people desire compassion within their heart the tautological cycle will continue, with everyone finding a reason to laugh at someone without any healing taking place.
Lastly, mental illness is a disease, we shouldn’t laugh about that. I don’t know if you should see “Joker”, there are symbolism in the film that you can definitely learn from, and be offended by.