Joker ★★★½

“society made me this way” is the slogan of the white mens rights activists who shoot up schools and movie theaters. a 2013 global study on homicide by the united nations office on drugs and crime found that males account for 96% of all homicide perpetrators worldwide. mental illness doesn’t excuse - or even fully cause - brutal, senseless violence. toxic masculinity is a curse that no film made by a straight white man will help us solve. trying to paint mr. wayne as a trump-like figure does nothing but confuse the narrative. you don’t emphasize with joker and you don’t empathize with the waynes, but the film doesn’t give you anyone else to care about and ends up just sending big We Live In A Society vibes. incel fodder.

joaquin for the oscar tho.

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