Joker ★★

somehow even stupider than i imagined, which was actually a relief because it became accidentally entertaining in parts. absolutely lost my shit when the joker wrote "sexy jokes alwayze funny" in his notebook. one major flaw about this movie: todd phillips turned the joker into such a bumbling dumbass that you can't possibly imagine him transforming into this criminal mastermind (another entertaining thought: bruce wayne and the joker are, what, 35 years apart, so by the time bruce becomes batman, joker will be this like 70-year-old guy running around wreaking havoc? ok........obsessed). the politics are shallow, troubling, and manipulative — arthur "i'm not political, i just want to make people laugh" fleck becomes an icon of the far left, who wants to take down the rich. it also feels soooo empty about race when it's very explicitly woven into the film. sadly still not the worst movie i saw this year...

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