The issues covered by the film have generated enormous controversy. There are many in the United States who say that glorifies violence and fear that it can inspire young people to commit the acts that are portrayed in it. This controversy occurs in a country where 2,220 mass shootings have been committed since the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. One of the loudest voices has been that of the relatives of the fatal victims of the shooting of Aurora, Colorado, in which 12 people lost their lives while attending the premiere of the movie “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises“, on July 20th, 2012.
The character of the Joker is recognized as the nemesis and main rival of Batman within the universe of the so-called “Dark Knight”. In more than 70 years (it was created in 1940), he has been in the movies and on television in the shoes of renowned actors such as Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Letto. The Todd Phillips film is the first that focuses entirely on this character (and Batman’s presence in it is not announced). It is set in the 80s and is about the conversion of Arthur Fleck, an aspiring comedian who is played by a praised Joaquin Phoenix, in the murderous psychopath nicknamed The Joker.
And this is where the problems start: extreme violence and its possible justification. Film critic and comic expert Heather Antos said: “It was not long ago that a young white man who felt socially isolated dressed like The Joker and shot dozens of people inside a movie theater in Colorado”. And Antos added the comment of a spectator named Rachel Miller: “I don’t know if they are the right times for a film that portrays a white man who becomes a serial killer that is a product of system failure failures, instability mental and social isolation”. While another critic, Owen Gleiberman said it is “a product that flirts with danger: it gives evil a clown mask, transforming it in the sickest possible form of what is pleasant”.
“It is not an apology of violence”
The “Joker” noise comes from two sides: there are critics of its theme, and there are those who praise it and consider it a masterpiece. “This movie will set a dividing line. I don’t know if the world is ready for it, or maybe yes? It’s EXTREME. Madness. It’s bold. It doesn’t stop.”, a critic wrote. Those who have also come to the defense of the film have been Phillips and Phoenix themselves in different interviews. Phoenix recently said that it wasn´t easy role to play, because it took time and preparation to prepare such a character that feels so much anger and loneliness.
Although the FBI ruled out the threat of an attack in the wake of the film and most movie theaters are preparing for its premiere this Friday, some news channels reported that the US military are on alert for a possible massive attack following the premiere of “Joker”. The Los Angeles Police also announced that they are prepared in the event that a shooting could occur.
With information from: https://cnn.com