The long-anticipated Joker has started traveling around the world's movie theaters. This fresh take on the iconic Gotham City villain presents him as a mentally-troubled comedian, Arthur Fleck, who embarks on a downward spiral of social revolution and bloody crime. The movie, which currently is the most popular production on IMDB, has received mixed reactions from critics. But while they're arguing over it in the media, audiences are busy expressing their opinions of it in other ways. Mostly memes.
The New York Times published quite a harsh review of the movie. "To be worth arguing about, a movie must first of all be interesting: it must have, if not a coherent point of view, at least a worked-out, thought-provoking set of themes, some kind of imaginative contact with the world as we know it. Joker, an empty, foggy exercise in second-hand style and second-rate philosophizing, has none of that," American journalist and film critic A. O. Scott wrote.
"Besotted with the notion of its own audacity — as if willful unpleasantness were a form of artistic courage — the film turns out to be afraid of its own shadow, or at least of the faintest shadow of any actual relevance."
Others had different opinions. "Joaquin Phoenix provides a comic-book hero for the left behind with Joker, a brilliantly insurrectionist origins story that landed like a firecracker in the midst of this year’s Venice film festival. Playing the role of Cain to the sunny Abel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Todd Phillips’s blockbuster charts the formative years of Batman’s nemesis, rewinding to his time as a failed standup in grubby Gotham City, when he was lonesome and lost and out of joint with the world. Audaciously, it’s a film that invites us to love the monster," Xan Brooks wrote for The Guardian.
"What a gloriously daring and explosive film Joker is. It’s a tale that’s almost as twisted as the man at its centre, bulging with ideas and pitching towards anarchy."