JOKER – Review by Susan Granger

Ostensibly, this is the ultra-bleak origin story of DC Comics’ super-villain and Batman’s arch nemesis, known as the Joker. Saddled with a long familial history of insanity, which he shares with his deranged mother who tried to burn him alive as a child, troubled, tortured Arthur Fleck, who’s plagued with uncontrollable laughter, has endured years of social isolation and medical negligence.

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JOKER – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

The painfully sad backstory transformation of a depressed, clinically ill Arthur Fleck, to that of a sociopath killer, a.k.a. Joker is extremely tough to view. He’s prescribed seven different medications for depression, and tells his caseworker he wants more meds so he can stop feeling so awful. He’s told that the government is cutting back funds, and that she can do nothing more to help him, and that she’ll not be seeing him in the future. Here, society turns it’s back again on Arthur, sending a statement about mental health care.

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