Joker, 2019 — Not Funny, Not As Scary As Legend Suggests

Controversy has surrounded Tod Philips “Joker” since it’s first screening at the Venice Film Festival. Immediate reaction from critics suggested a film that was extremely well crafted and even with it’s 1980’s period setting, possibly too timely for this character and story. A number of early critics drew parallels to groups and individuals responsible for right wing violence we’ve seen escalate over the last decade. There have been questions about whether or not this film would inspire more. “Joker” they seemed to believe, is an incel idol waiting to happen.