I was skeptical of the movie at first. I debated whether or not i should watch it. I used to think the Joker didn't need an origin story because i felt he was more mysterious that way. When i thought about it, he had one in the Killing Joke so heís not that mysterious. That's why i watched Joker, even if i wished another villain would have his/her own movie. I didnít think this movieís Joker would be on the same level as Heath Ledgerís Joker. Nonetheless, i gave it a try.

I was mind-blown by this movie and my expectations were blown away. This movie tackled some deep issues like society's hypocrisy, lies about equality, child abuse, mental illness, etc. I was shocked at some scenes which crossed some boundaries. What made this movie great was how it didn't just tell the story of how a crook fell in a vat of chemicals and became the Joker. It made me think about alot. It had loads of emotion and some ambiguity. When the Joker laughs after a tragedy, its hard to tell if he's laughing or crying.

The scenes about mental illness spoke some harsh truths about how mentally ill people are treated today. Hence, why Arthur Fleck wrote in his notebook ďthe worst part about mental illness is people expecting you to behave as if you donít have one.Ē Arthur Fleck tried hard to get help for his mental illness, but it seemed like society showed no support. They donít want to acknowledge mental illness exists much less understand it. Itís as if people just want the mentally ill to be locked up in a mental institution and be done with it.

It also had some harsh truths about equality. Society cares more about status than about equality. The poor are expendable.

People criticized it for its violence, but i think they were disturbed. Because there was no Batman, we had no one to look to as a savior. The movie forced us to look at ourselves and our relationship to people like the Joker. It raises disturbing questions like how much of a role we play in creating someone like the Joker and how accurate are his perceptions? Throughout the film, it was hard to tell if the Joker was seeing things correctly or just being delusional.

People criticized the film for this Joker not fully embracing the evil and chaos in him like say Heath Ledgerís Joker. I donít think this criticism is valid. People forget this is a different Joker before he became THE Joker. Thatís why its an origin story. I was about to criticize this Joker for his lack of clever punchlines and criminal schemes, but realized thatís the point. The Joker was a failed comedian trying to get by in the world. He didnít have any intent to turn to a life of crime. We see a very vulnerable side of the Joker thatís not there in most Batman films.

I loved the original soundtrack. It reminded me alot of the theme of the Dark Knight live action franchise. I thought the song ďsmileĒ by Jimmy Durante was iconic and perfect for the film.

It had some flaws. I disliked how the laughing and references to Taxi driver were a bit overdone. I also thought the Jokerís love interest didnít need to be there. It was not how i imagined it would be. I thought the comicís version of the Jokerís wife made more of an impact than Jokerís girlfriend. I thought the film couldíve been much darker had it taken a different approach with his love interest based on the comics. I disliked how some songs like those of Frank Sinatra didnít fit well with the theme of the film. I didnít think the song ďsmileĒ was placed in its proper scene. It couldíve been better.

Perhaps the movieís biggest flaw was how it focused too much on the Jokerís mental illness rather than his emotional turmoil. I was expecting to see a blend of emotions and mental illness. Lots of people have already included hallucinations or the ďreality vs. fantasyĒ motif in films on mental illness. Itís become too cliche. The film couldíve been more powerful if it stuck to creating drama while balancing out the Jokerís mental illness.