I was somewhat critical of Joker, and maintain it has some some flaws that make it an 8/10 at best in my view. That having been said, Joker isn’t just a movie anymore. It’s a cultural phenomenon. It’s a critique of the modern world that has grown beyond the script itself.
We’ve all been sold the Fukuyama myth that since the end of World War II and rise of global liberal democracy things can only get better from here. It was the end of history - the age of the warrior, priest and philosopher supplanted by the age of the CEO. The GDP will continue to rise exponentially and everyone will be wealthier, healthier and happier than ever because of free markets and individualism and stuff.
Instead we’ve become lonely, isolated, replaceable cogs in a machine. We’ve had our churches, families and communities taken from us and replaced with dead end jobs, transient sterile sex and binge-watching.
No-one represents this meaningless urbanite existence more than FILM CRITICS. The rootless cosmopolitan elite looking down at the world from their studio apartments in Manhattan bc they work for the New York Times and have a journalism degree.
They see Joker as a threat.
Joker doesn’t have an explicitly political message. Instead it speaks to anyone who feels left behind - who didn’t get the journalism job after college, who can’t start a family, who can’t even make a friend because of the societal changes the myth of human progress has wrought.
That’s why Joker is currently the 9th highest rated film of all time on IMDB based on user reviews and sits at a 58 on Metacritic based on film journalist reviews.
They’ve been pushing the incel terror meme because their poor reviews aren’t keeping people from the theater. They will do ANYTHING to maintain the status quo.
This film sends a message they don’t want to hear - people aren’t buying the narrative anymore.