On October 4th, The Joker movie will be released, and to be completely honest, it concerns me deeply.
No, I’m not concerned about the adaptation of the character, of the performances, or of the narrative structure of the film.
What I’m concerned about is how relatable Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the character and the how it symbolizes the fragility of the current American psyche.
The current climate of American culture is dangerous, unpredictable, and unforgiving.
Mass shootings are almost on a daily basis. Drug addiction is rampant. Crime and poverty have gripped our society worse than ever.
Apparently, this film might be a painful reflection of current society. From the reviews I have seen, the film takes place in 1981, and essentially focuses on how the culture and upbringing of Mr. Arthur Fleck has caused him to lapse into complete madness.
My concern is that in this current social climate this film might be too compatible with a lot of people who feel too down trodden and ridiculed, left behind and disposed. Art mimics culture, and if this film is already been given vivid and livid recommendations and consideration, how will it affect society?
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and it is far too convincing to see the parallels of those who already consider their day to day existence as tolerating a “clown world”.
I feel like this movie will inspire the worst in people.