Saturday, June 27, 2020

Why I Didn’t Like the Movie Joker?

In Agatha Christie’s novel A Murder Is Announced, a character says, "I didn't want to kill her. I didn't want to kill anybody — I had to…” (The character is not expressing Christie’s political viewpoints, but attempting to defend herself.) After the 1960s, the neoliberal left has developed the ideological position that most criminals are a victim of the injustices and prejudices which are inherent in modern society. 

Like Christie’s character, the liberals say, “They didn’t want to kill anybody—they had to…” and they preach sympathy for the psychology of those who go on a killing spree. Recently, I saw the movie Joker, in which the protagonist, a man called Arthur Fleck (the Joker), is forced to become a psychopathic killer after being bullied and harassed for his financial, health-related, and psychological problems. 

I didn’t like the movie. The blatant way in which the movie tries to justify Arthur Fleck’s antisocial character and brutal crimes is enough to put me off.

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