Now that the hype has died down and a good majority of people have seen this movie I thought I'd talk about the Joker flick. After watching Joker I felt the intention of the movie was to not only provide me the viewer with solid entertainment. It was also meant to make the viewer look at the type of person they are when they're around others. One of the few things that bothered me about the movie wasn't even in the movie. It was people saying they understand where Arthur was coming from, or they could relate to him. Or they understand why he did what he did when he was spiraling out of control. It seems like little to none of those comments online were people saying we've got to treat each other better. Yes because we might potentially send a fellow human being off the edge of sanity, but also because it's just the right thing to do. Every Gothamite felt like they were in their own bubble concentrating on their own world and own problems. The lady on the bus who wanted Arthur to stop making her kid laugh, to Arthur's coworkers. They all reminded me of people in the city I live in (Seattle). Very few greet you happily or strike a genuine conversation with a stranger, and if they do they're most likely from out of town.
For years, the one constant through the ever-changing actors and directors within the Batman movies was that most DC films were terrible. They fell either into the ridiculously campy and gave us such gems as the iconic bat-nipples and credit card or they were so dark and edgy that they became just as over the top and silly. But now it wasn’t and became the climax to one of the most long-awaited showdowns in cinema history with Batman and Superman having mothers with the same first name. Good DC movies were few and far between with the most iconic characters being reduced to cheesy caricatures of themselves to make them appeal to the common audience often leaving longtime fans dissatisfied. Amidst all these failures there was the gem that was The Dark Knight that contained the best portrayal of the Joker that live action movies have ever seen.
The whole world splits into two sides whenever a comic book movie hits the theaters and we really can't blame people for it. The rivalry between Marvel and DC dates back to the 1960s when Stan Lee released the Fantastic Four comics. Today, the rivalry is still intact with both these companies releasing epic blockbusters and busting down the box office time and again. However, some movies really just has it all and irrespective of the company behind them, they are appreciated by fans all over the world. Joker is one such masterpiece.
Among the many villains Batman has faced, one easily stands out: the wicked clown-faced criminal known as the Joker. This is a character we have seen plenty of times over the years, portrayed in different styles by multiple actors. There's the comical presentation of Joker by Cesar Romero in the 1960s Batman television series, and even, for that matter, the silly Joker in The Lego Batman Movie recently. For something mildly dark, there's Jack Nicholson's Joker in the 1989 Batman movie and Mark Hamill voicing the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series in TV in the 1990s. Then, if you really want an ultra dark Joker, look no further than Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight in 2008. With such a high bar set, it would be a challenge to reach the same level of excellence that Ledger achieved.
At the weekend I rewatched Wonder Woman, and not only was I (again) surprised how good this movie is, but also what this movie teaches us. It’s so inspiring and interesting when you notice the little life lessons during a story.
Aquaman is another one of those comic book superheroes that presents a protagonist unlike others than have been created before. We've seen superheroes with the ability to fly (Superman), change in size (Ant-Man), wield advanced crime-fighting technology (Batman and Iron Man), open portals at will (Dr. Strange), and wield great strength, even as a female (Wonder Woman). We have also seen a variety of settings with these past superheroes, mainly on Earth or elsewhere in the universe. Aquaman, a DC Comics creation, presents a hero who is not only superhuman in strength, but also aquatic, with the ability to breathe underwater and swim very fast. Naturally, this leads to the main setting of the ocean depths, where the city of Atlantis once ruled the seas. Both the character and the primary setting of Aquaman make this superhero action-adventure movie rather refreshing.