Joker ★½

The conversation around this movie is very tired, and I do not want to contribute to it unduly. I will say that it was very difficult for me to see the value of this movie, and I struggled to look past the content to examine the craft. It's a timely movie only in the sense that these things do happen, but while simply stating truth can be extremely beneficial, the script is a muddled mess of social condemnations.

In the best case scenario, Todd Phillips is calling for care and understanding for those on the outside of society. However, by portraying those outsiders as inherently dysfunctional and violent, he stigmatizes the marginalized and undermines the only
socially-beneficial statement this movie could make.

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