[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”30234″ img_size=”900×500″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The Joker movie has been the center of conversation lately and it seems to be building up momentum as the release date nears. You have people who don’t want to see it because of the message they believe it sends, people who most likely want to see it to see what the controversy is about, and then others who just want to see a good film that’s been highly praised.
Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the titular character, expresses that it’s maybe a good thing that people have a strong reaction to the movie:
“I didn’t imagine that it would be smooth sailing. It’s a difficult film. In some ways, it’s good that people are having a strong reaction to it.”
Because of the strong reactions that the internet is having, the Joker movie had its red carpet without any press. Only photographers were let in. Phoenix further went on to challenge people’s need to quickly jump to vilify the movie:
“It’s like, because that’s what we have to do. It’s so easy for us to — we want the simple answers, we want to vilify people. It allows us to feel good if we can identify that as evil. ‘Well, I’m not racist ’cause I don’t have a Confederate flag or go with this protest.’ It allows us to feel that way, but that’s not healthy because we’re not really examining our inherent racism that most white people have, certainly. Or whatever it may be.”
“Whatever issues you may have. It’s too easy for us and I felt like, yeah, we should explore this villain. This malevolent person. There’s no real communication, and to me that’s the value of this. I think that we are capable as an audience to see both of those things simultaneously and experience them and value them.”
What do you think? Are you excited to see the Joker film?
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