Produced by Todd Phillips who collaborated with screenwriter Scott Silver for this $1.1 billion blockbuster hit, Joker is the one movie of the decade that cannot be missed.
A man who wants to make others smile falls prey to some doleful circumstances and becomes the saddest of them all. Arthur Fleck is that guy on the street whom you brushed past and never noticed, but he did see you.
Based on the life of a failed comedian, Arthur Fleck, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, the movie very intelligently succeeds on commenting about the authoritative government, the tussle of everyday life for a common man, the disparity between the haves and have not’s.
What Engages The Audience?
But, let’s focus on what engages the audience into the movie for it to become one of the highest R-rated movies of the 2000s. The neo-noir thriller consists of some of the eeriest moments off Arthur’s suffering—from losing a job to taking care of his dying mother.
Phoenix does portray all of it quite seamlessly. From some nail-biting moments that push you to the edge of the seat to his loony laughter, Arthur Fleck is the guy you might not want to be friends with.
A screenplay written intelligently which makes viewers question what was real and what was delusional, the movie gets gripping when Arthur comes to know that he is the son of Gotham city’s one of the richest men, Thomas Wayne. While he tries to find out the truth in this, he also falls in love with his neighbour.
As the movie progresses, we see how Arthur gets to the streets, runs out of food and money and then all of a sudden lands up on the television talk show hosted by Murray Franklin. Though he gives in his best to prepare for his most anticipated television appearance and goes live on air, he ends up shooting Murray and gets arrested. All of it comes somewhere deep down from within him, probably a tinge of vigour oozed by the id of his subconscious mind.
The Angry Joker
The movie ends with Arthur being arrested for his notorious deed and then him again being rescued by two masked protestors. But, we believe there could have been a slight change in the sequence of events in the plot, which could have shed some light on the angry joker.
When Arthur finds himself inside Wayne Manor, he meets Thomas Wayne, who denies being his father. But, let’s say, he did accept it. However, he manages to manipulate Arthur by offering a pretty handsome amount and in return asks him to never make it public.
But, as time passes and the media keeps highlighting Wayne’s success who declares of transferring all his wealth in the name of his young son Bruce Wayne. Just then, all eyes turn to the twelve-year-old including Arthur’s. In a fit of envy, Arthur decides to bounce back by claiming for an equal share of the fortune.
One event leads to the other as Arthur transcends all degrees of defaming Thomas Wayne- from television interviews to his comic stand-ups, the city of Gotham talks only of Arthur.
Thus, Arthur becomes a well-known name, something he always aspired to. He moves into a good home, his mother is back on her feet and he gets the girl. But, Thomas Wayne seems to be upset with this new controversy. He summons for Arthur’s abduction. As Arthur struggles to flee from being taken away, he finds himself a distant den, on the outskirts of the city. He’s back again to where he was, scarcity being his only privilege.
He decides to take down Wayne, strategies to create doom for Gotham city and avenge for what his Thomas Wayne did to him and his mother.
Sounds like a whole different twist to this epic saga. Well, while there are speculations for a sequel to the movie, Todd Phillip is all mum to for any revelations. As for us, we hope to see more of Phoenix in some more surreal characters and consume some great storytelling by this acting wizard.
The article is written by – Cheryl