FILM TITLE: JOKER
GENRE: CRIME, DRAMA, THRILLER
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 D L V
DISTRIBUTOR: EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT
DIRECTOR: TODD PHILLIPS
MAIN CAST: JOAQUIN PHOENIX, ROBERT DE NIRO, ZAZIE BEETZ
LANGUAGE: STRONG IMPACT CRUDE LANGUAGE USED IN THE CONTEXT OF SWEARING, DEMEANING INSULTS AND AGGRESSIVE EXCHANGES, OCCURS FREQUENTLY.
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: THE FILM CONTAINS INFREQUENT LOW IMPACT PREJUDICE IN THE FORM OF JOKES ABOUT PERSONS OF SHORT STATURE.
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: STRONG IMPACT REALISTIC VISUAL PRESENTATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL VIOLENCE RESULTING IN NOTICEABLE EFFECTS LIKE INJURY, BLOOD-LETTING, DEATH AND EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OCCUR FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE FILM.
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: THE CRIME DRAMA THRILLER “JOKER” IS A PREQUEL TO THE BATMAN MOVIE FRANCHISE AND REVOLVES AROUND THE ORIGIN OF THE JOKER CHARACTER, PERHAPS BATMAN’S GREATEST NEMESIS. THE FILM IS SET IN THE BLEAK CRIME-RIDDEN URBAN ENVIRONMENT OF GOTHAM CITY. THE FILM EXPLORES COMPLEX AND MATURE, STRONG IMPACT THEMES OF A MENTALLY DISTURBED MAN FEELING UNLOVED, UNWANTED, UNACCEPTED AND UNAPPRECIATED AND HIS SUBSEQUENT DISCONTENT WITH LIFE; BATTLING A MENTAL DISORDER; MENTAL BREAKDOWN AND LOSING ONE’S GRIP ON REALITY; LIVING WITH SADNESS LEADING TO ANGER, VENGEANCE AND RETALIATION, AND A SUBSEQUENT APPRECIATION FOR VIOLENCE AND KILLING; REVOLT STEMMING FROM CONFLICT BETWEEN RICH AND POOR (WHICH IS NOT PRESENTED THROUGH PREJUDICE, BUT FORMING THE ICONIC GOTHAM CITY SETTING) LEADING TO CHAOS IN A METROPOLITAN CITY; CRIME AND MURDER; HOPELESSNESS; LIFE SPIRALLING OUT OF CONTROL; AND AN ENJOYMENT IN THE INSTIGATION OF A REBELLIOUS REVOLUTION. DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY OF THE THEMES THE FILM IS LIKELY TO BE CONFUSING TO COGNITIVELY IMMATURE VIEWERS UNDER 16 YEARS. THE TONE OF THE FILM IS DARK AND SOMBRE, DEALING WITH ARTHUR’S MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE CRIME-RIDDEN BLEAK SETTING OF GOTHAM CITY, ACCENTUATED BY MUTED LIGHTING. ARTHURS ILLNESS, THE DARK SETTING AND HIS SUBSEQUENT VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR RESULTS IN A SENSE OF THREAT AND MENACE, ACCENTUATED BY SUSPENSEFUL LOW FREQUENCY SOUND, ARTHUR’S CREEPY BEHAVIOUR AND CLOWN APPEARANCE, HIS DELUSIONAL FANTASIES AND SUPERFICIAL HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER. THE SENSE OF THREAT AND MENACE IS SUSTAINED, AND THE FILM IS THEREFORE LIKELY TO BE ABOVE THE TOLERANCE LEVELS OF EMOTIONALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY IMMATURE VIEWERS UNDER 16 YEARS WHO MAY BE UPSET, DISTURBED, UNSETTLED, DISTRESSED, AND EVEN EMOTIONALLY OR PSYCHOLOGICALLY HARMED BY IT. THIS MAY BE AGGRAVATED BY THE ENLARGED IMAGES AND LOUD SOUNDS OF THE CINEMATIC FORMAT AND THE LACK OF POSITIVE RESOLUTIONS. FURTHERMORE, THE GLAMORISATION OF ARTHUR’S VIOLENT ACTS BY THE CROWDS, AND THEIR ENJOYMENT OF ANARCHY IN LOOTING AND VANDALISING A CITY, MAY PROMOTE THESE BEHAVIOURS IN MORALLY IMMATURE IMPRESSIONABLE VIEWERS UNDER 16 YEARS AND CAUSE MORAL HARM.