Joker Served Its Purpose If It Makes You Squirm In Your Seat

Discomfort should be your primary reaction for the entire thing.

There’s a lot going on in Joker that’s prompted much discussion, such as Joaquin Phoenix’s transformative performance that’ll surely nab him that long-awaited Oscar, the instances of graphic violence, and moments that draw parallels to worrying incel behaviour.

All that discussion is warranted though because Joker is a really unsettling film to watch.

Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck is haunting yet mesmerising in a contradictory way. He’s suffering from a mental illness that makes him laugh uncontrollably when he gets emotional and he gets literally and figuratively beat down throughout Joker.

All this should make Arthur a sympathetic character but he is an utterly reprehensible, creepy and ultimately violent figure who you simply can’t root for despite all his hardships.

It’s not hard to see why people drew links between Arthur lashing out due to anger and toxic self-pity and real-world white incel violence, and why Joker started copping a heap of backlash for it.

Here’s the big question though: will Joker inspire angry white incels to be the next Arthur Fleck and it’ll be the film’s fault? Probably not because films may be powerful but they don’t suddenly turn people into killers.

But should you feel uncomfortable after watching Joker? That’s a definite yes because that’s ultimately the point of the movie.

For all the concerns about Joker, it isn’t asking you to sympathise with Arthur or presenting a glorification of white incel violence. It’s presenting a (somewhat clumsy) nihilistic and grounded look into themes like social status, trauma and mental illness. You’re supposed to be repulsed by what unfolds because it’s all incredibly messed up and that feeling is exacerbated because the film sits somewhere close to the realm of plausibility.

If Joker and Arthur’s actions don’t make you uncomfortable, then that should be more of a concern than the violence that goes on in the film.

At the end of the day, if you’re walking out of a film feeling super uncomfortable and filled with questions about what just unfolded before your eyes, then chances are the movie has fulfilled its purpose. After all, that’s what art is supposed to do.

Just because Joker made you squirm in your seat doesn’t make it some dangerous film that should be locked up. That’s exactly how you should feel while watching it.

Marvel's MVP Is Bringing His Magic Touch To Star Wars

The force is strong with this decision.

The Star Wars franchise is about to get a shot in the arm from an unexpected source because Disney has managed to rope in Marvel’s MVP to develop a new movie.

Having spent the last decade or so building the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a cultural and money-making behemoth, Kevin Feige is now turning his attention towards Star Wars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Feige will be working alongside long-time Lucasfilm producer Kathleen Kennedy to develop a new Star Wars film together, which will be part of a new “wave of projects set in the universe.”

While this comes a bit of a surprise to some, it makes perfect sense to rope Kevin Feige into a valuable franchise like Star Wars.

Not only is the Marvel boss a massive fan of Star Wars, he’s proven himself to be quite the good movie producer. You don’t bring to life 23 Marvel movies (and counting) that have made more money than the GDP of several countries while cultivating enough pop-culture goodwill to last several lifetimes without knowing something about making a good movie.

As for what this means for Lucasfilm and Marvel, The Hollywood Reporter reports that nothing will change in terms of leadership roles and Feige is apparently coming onboard Star Wars because he just wants to make a movie.

Speaking of Feige’s movie, while no details have been released about this project (unsurprisingly since it’s early days), it is reported that he has a “major actor” in mind for a specific role “when and if” he makes his Star Wars movie.

That all sounds good to us!

With Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss helming new movies, The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson working on his own trilogy, a bunch of limited series shows on Disney+ and now Kevin Feige onboard to make a movie, it seems like the future is bright for Star Wars.

It’s still very early days and we definitely won’t hear a thing about Feige’s movie for ages but the force is strong with this decision.

Adding Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum In Jurassic World Won't Fix Its Problems

Focus more on the many other problems before bringing back the original trio.

Let’s get this out of the way straight away: the Jurassic World movies are simply awful. But hey, at least those films are ruining the franchise with new characters rather than dragging in all our beloved heroes from Jurassic Park.

Oh wait, that’s no longer true.

According to Deadline, the folks behind Jurassic World 3 are bringing back the original Jurassic Park lead trio of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. And it won’t be for tiny fan service-y cameos like Goldblum’s appearance in Fallen Kingdom either as director Colin Trevorrow says all three will have “sizable roles” in the upcoming sequel.

Look, there’s an ungodly amount of issues with the Jurassic World films but adding Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum to the equation isn’t a solution.

Oh no…

There are two major issues with the two Jurassic World films we’ve gotten: the internal logic has so many holes it’ll give you trypophobia and the new characters suck.

Part of what made Jurassic Park work so well was the plausible logic that made the suspension of disbelief quite easy. But Jurassic World threw all that out the window in favour of lazy plot contrivances, like how the film’s plot only works due to the horrendously incompetent security guards.

And let’s not even get started on what on earth happened in Fallen Kingdom because trying to make sense of the clone girl storyline and some of the character decisions (why on earth would you hold an illegal dinosaur auction IN YOUR OWN HOME?) will require more brain cells than what humans are born with.

It’s not a dog, it’s a frigging dinosaur so stop trying to pet it!

Then there are the new characters introduced in Jurassic World, who are not only unmemorable in their characterisations (which border on problematic at times and not because one of them is played by Chris Pratt) but don’t get any meaningful character development either despite being at the front and centre of two films.

Bringing back Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum suggests that the filmmakers are playing the “this is what fans want!” card rather than putting in the work and coming up with a script that irons out all the aforementioned built-in flaws.

And then there’s the whole issue of the large cast of characters. The Jurassic World films had enough trouble properly servicing its own casts (if you want to even call it that), how on earth will the next film do justice to the new characters AND the original heroes?

This feels like nothing more than stunt casting and it’s a bandaid solution at best.

But look, maybe the filmmakers may surprise us. Jurassic World 3 isn’t out until June 11, 2021 so there’s time to fix things. Just don’t hold your breath.

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