Here is my review of the 2019 movie Joker.
Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. An origin story set in 1981, the film follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles. Joker was produced by DC Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, Bron Creative, and Joint Effort, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Well, I cannot really call this a superhero film even though it is based on a supervillan character from the DC comic book series. Instead this is a pyschological thriller about someone less than ordinary, a nobody basically, someone with an inferiority complex, less assured than the average man, someone who is already suffering a metal affliction can become devastated by the events that conspire against him and become a symbol for crazed evil.
He is letdown by his mother, his friends (what little he has), his presumed life, his dreams, his role model who is a tv show host, by society as a whole and eventually even by himself! In the end he could have gone down two paths : suicide or the dark side! And he goes down the dark side. He gets beaten for no reason, he is made fun off, he is taken advantage off and becomes a patsy, is harassed, shunned because of his condition and even targeted for violence because of it. He breaks! He is led to believe that the rich Thomas Wayne is his biological father but it turns out it isn’t true. His mother wasn’t even his mother and infact had even let her boyfriend physically abuse the adopted child. Distraught he snaps and kills his mother.
This is a movie worth watching for the acting of the lead character. He is sympathetic and brings out empathy and yet when you see him after he has snapped you are a little on his side. The cheers in the theatre for Joker when he comes in full makeup and finally smiles that sick smile shows that you want him to hurt the people who hurt him, to get back at society and to finally get some respect. It’s brilliant to watch. As a movie or a superhero movie I wasn’t too impressed but as a movie on it’s own, it’s damn impressive. A decaying metro city as Gotham brought out the world’s greatest detective from a tragedy but it also brought out the villains who had less than Bruce Wayne.
Oscar nod and perhaps even a win awaits Joaquin Phoenix. I will be highly dissspointed if he doesn’t atleast gets nominated. It gets an 8 outta 10 as a film but a 10 outta 10 for Pheonix!
As John F. Kennedy once said, “One man can make a difference.”
And he was right because there have been many examples of people in the world who have done just that. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks being just a few. And yes, we know Rosa Parks was a woman, but we’re pretty sure Kennedy was speaking about all people when he made his famous quote, and not just men!
Above and beyond the famous examples we listed, there are thousands of other people making a difference to the world today. There are many you won’t have heard of. These are the people who work in job roles saving lives. These are the people supporting the needy through charity work. And these are the people who make a difference in small ways, helping their neighbors and smiling at strangers.
Then there are the people who blog. While some focus on mastering the business side of blogging, perhaps to make a monetary gain as their primary interest, there are those who write with one mission: To make a difference in the world.
There are the eco-bloggers who seek to educate the world on green matters. There are those who blog to raise issues about injustice in the world. And there are many other bloggers who have a desire to make a difference to the world, in all kinds of ways. They sit at home, using their piece of the internet to inform and inspire their readers. They do it because they want to make a difference.
So what about you?
If you have ever considered blogging, or if you already do blog, why not do your bit to make a difference in the world.
If you’re an eco-warrior yourself, why not share your views with the wider world? You could let people know what you do to go green at home or at work. You could promote green companies so the general consumer knows how to shop ethically. You could raise awareness about the technologies used to protect the environment in industry. Click here for one example. And you can extend this by letting people know about the technologies they could be using at home. Smart bulbs are but one example.
Or how about standing up for the rights of others? The world is full of discrimination against people of color, the female sex, those with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. If you are saddened and/or enraged about any such group being discriminated against, you could make a difference by supporting them through your blog. Check out these blogs on women’s rights, for example. By raising awareness and inspiring others to take action against injustices, you can make a difference.
So think about the issues you have an interest in. Above and beyond what we have already mentioned, there could be other topics you want to raise. You might not be Superman, and you might not be in politics, but with the written word, you still have a platform to make a difference from your little corner of the world.
There is plenty of advice online on how to get started with a blog, and we have blogging articles on this site that might be useful to you. So, if you have an interest in making a positive difference to the world (and to be honest, we all should), then don’t stay silent. Start a blog, market it through social media and internet forums, connect with interested readers, and make an impact.
You see, one person can make a difference, and today that person could be you.