Just “Smile” as Joker hits theaters


Although the movie was highly anticipated during its opening week, there was some controversy about the violence behind the movie that alerted some audience members. Photo by https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fm.media-amazon.

Xzavier Aguilar, reporter


The most anticipated DC movie Joker made its way to theaters Oct. 4. With all of the controversy surrounding this movie, it didn’t stop it from reaching 93.5 million dollars during opening weekend.

Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, goes in depth of a failed comedian named Arthur Fleck, played by actor Joaquin Phoenix, who is mentally ill and is driven into madness. Fleck wears two masks, the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the disguise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolation and being poorly treated by society, Fleck begins to slowly descend into the clown king of crime, the Joker.

Despite the Joker’s big opening weekend, there has been a lot of controversy around the film, starting with the U.S. military warning troops about potential shootings around theaters in the United States. This brings the questions of whether or not the Joker promotes these actions with its gore and violence.

Senior Miguel Montano (Div.022) said, “The movie doesn’t promote violence. This film is just misinterpreted. This isn’t the first time a piece of art has been through this.”

Senior Roman Grytsko (Div.028) also believed that the controversy surrounding the movie does not promote the violence that is being claimed in any way.

“I think the controversy has nothing to do with the movie. It’s a great movie and I think the movie does not represent the demographic as much,” said Grytsko.

The Joker played by Phoenix has caused many comparisons to other previous jokers mainly being compared to Heath Ledger who starred as Joker in The Dark Knight. Many feel Phoenix potentially out played Ledger’s Joker by him being a bit more dark and sinister.

 “I thought he did great, he really got into his role and sold the viewer but not as good as Heath Ledger though,” said senior Max Caroll, Div.037.

Joker reviews have been positive according to the audiences with Rotten tomatoes* 92% audience rating. Many movie-goers and comic book fanatics felt the joker in this movie was portrayed well, while others felt a bit disturbed, so disturbed that some audiences have walked out of the theater during the film due to its violent acts and disturbing gore.

Although the movie doesn’t follow the Joker’s comic book origins, the writers and director created a piece to remember.