The idea of media potentially inciting violence isn’t a new one. Politicians have been blaming real-world violence on movies for decades, and in more recent ones, have also turned to the likes of video games as a scapegoat. In fact, we even had a recent episode on that very topic for Breaking Geek Radio: The Podcast.
But one other film that has taken the spotlight is Joker. Featuring a man who feels misunderstood and ultimately turns to violence, it was inevitable that the conversation would switch to it. After all, we only just had two shooting this past weekend, and while motives are still unknown in at least one case, trends have seen specific similar patterns of a man feeling slighted by the rest of the world, for one reason or another.
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With this in mind, is it possible that Joker has the potential to be the kind of film that dangerous minds flock to? Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera doesn’t think there will be any issues as he revealed to Deadline:
“I don’t think so. The way it deals with those elements is intelligent. It’s not a simplistic view. Social factors, and other external factors, combine with the character’s state of mind to make it a complex picture. That’s a strength of the film. It’s a strong, unexpected and original film. Even if there are references to The King Of Comedy and Taxi Driver, it’s a very original movie.”
This is a common thing I’ve heard about Joker. While it does feature a clown-faced man doing horrific things, it doesn’t sound like it glorifies it or even takes a side on the whole thing. It merely conveys a story from the perspective of the man, going to show what he becomes.
But what do you think of all this? Do you have any concerns about Joker? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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