Thoughts on Joker

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I saw Joker the other day and have to offer some scattered thoughts on it. The bottom line: I loved it and think it is probably the best DC movie ever—but many have a very different view, which I want to haphazardly unpack.

Context: I’m not really a DC fan, not a Batman fan, not a fan of the Joker as a character, and not acquainted with the Scorsese films Joker draws on. This probably contributes to my loving this movie because I had no serious cultural touchstones to be wounded by it. On a basic level, I thought this film took a pretty boring villain and made him fascinating and human, and it did so in the context of trenchant social commentary. Spoilers may follow )

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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