Connor Foster’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Unhappy is the land the breeds no hero.”
Joker is profoundly dour. It is a superhero movie that is happily devoid of superheros. A lot has been written about the movie having little or nothing to say, but I get the sense that people will be talking about this movie for a long time.
It’s true, in a vacuum this movie seems pointless and cynical. However, its impossible to deny that the subject matter is deeply relevant to society today. Whispers of mass shootings and narcissistic incels have surrounded this release, and its clear that Joker is keen to examine those fears. While the movie itself can be obvious at times, its existence is rooted in taboos that haunt America on a level that is difficult to investigate.
My advice is to leave your empathy at home. Its not needed here.