Joker – A Film Light On Cause, Heavy On Effect

There may be some spoilers ahead, so be forewarned.

To start, Joker is a good movie. Visually and viscerally it captures Gotham, the comic book stand in for New York City, in the days before Rudolph Giuliani. If you were a frequent visitor back then, you are well aware the city could be a frightening and chaotic and hopeless place. The film makers deftly convey that sense.
What can be said about the acting? Outstanding, excellent, award worthy — each is accurate and at the same time, not complimentary enough.
The movie’s slow burn pace was not a drag. The two hour plus run-time never had me checking my watch.
As the title of this review states, the effect is done exceptionally well. The events which eventually cause the metamorphosis of Arthur Fleck into the Joker are emotionally well done. And once the Joker emerges, there is no doubt we are witnessing excellence. What is lacking, is the depth of prior traumas that sparked such a dramatic and cruel end result.
Yes, Arthur Fleck’s past is touched upon, but not to the extent of his present. We see where he is and where he goes, but his past is given nothing more than a cursory delving into.
I am a big believer in the theory of omission, and when used appropriately, it will propel a story to an incredible level. However, when not understood properly by the writer, it comes across as woefully unfulfilling. That is what happens here, and it is sad because everything else is done so well.
The horrific events that that lead to Arthur’s mental injuries are hinted at, but, but we are never allowed to discover if Arthur himself was consciously aware of these traumas. We never are shown the suffering of Arthur at any point before the events of the film. Because to understand that kind of damage, we need to go beyond the abbreviated time frame. The heinous actions of the film may have been the straws, but they were not the cause of damage which weakened the proverbial camel’s back. By omitting the initial traumas, we never gain the sympathy or empathy or understanding for the torment that caused “a life without happiness.”
Yes, we can infer the horrific nature of those traumas, but omitting the exploration by Arthur is a disservice to the character and to an otherwise excellent tale of a damaged man who breaks. Especially since an actor of Joaquin Phoenix’s talent could have brought deep, meaningful exposition to that which caused the initial mental injuries.
I think my one, for lack of a better word — negative, comes from my own writings and explorations of what damages people, and that is a bias to which I freely admit.
Yet, even with that sole “disappointment,” Joker is an excellent motion picture. It gives a thoughtful look into a person’s descent into madness, a plausible explanation for wearing the clown make up and most importantly, in the end, reinforces and expands upon the cinematic version of Joker’s motivations — purely to create chaos. All in all, it is a good story.
I highly recommend Joker.


“Who the hell am I?”

I am an independent, self-published teller of tales,
an author, as of yet, scarcely any renown.
However, as a storyteller, I know who I am,
and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable. I invite you to visit my website,

and/or Amazon Author Pages

Joe Leonardi Scono Sciuto

if you are so inclined please
purchase a copy and leave a review.

I write of the damaged and broken, because that is the norm. For each person who overcomes their demons, there are hundreds, if not thousands, who do not.

It is their stories I tell.

Thank you,


Buy a Coffee for Short Story Scribe

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑

The Poets Peace

Just like a philosopher can never throw away his stone, the poet can never toss his pen out the window

Endless Roaming

Australian Traveller that loves to "Roam" our globe, creator of ENDLESSROAMING.COM sharing the experience through word and photography. Currently residing in my home of Newtown Sydney but hope to be back on the road late 2020. Feedback / questions are more than welcome, happy travels

Photos by Donna

Nature & Wildlife's Beauty and Behavior Through My Lens

The Truth for Kyle Brennan

Scientology & the Death of Kyle Brennan

Grey, Lavender and Hirschsprungs

Artistic mom life one child at a time

Goal Digger

Be Positive, Patient and Persistent...

Kiran Athrey's

Blogger | Storyteller | Observer

Retire In Branson

Enjoying Life in the Ozarks

Realizing Life Goals

I took a detour that led me here.

Victoria Ellen

Thoughts. Interests. Beauty. Fashion. Art. Travel. Photography. Random stuff.

Innumerable Thoughts

Randomized relatable Thoughts

Confessions Of Passion

The finest filth

Zo Writes

It is a secret blog.. Share it only with your best people

My Random Pastime

all about my hobby of story writing

Your Sex Interview

An objective, no rules view into the nature of people's relationships and sexual lives, through in person interviews.

You waved at me today on the beach, you stole my style-

So you have been so nasty I cannot be polite So The truth, for once, about your husband and how he lies , tin baths and Mexico and a baby girl named Storm the games he plays

The Inquisitive Inkpot

Exploring Tales and the Art of Telling

Sensual Desires

Poetic Erotica

Calm Wildness

Telling Authentic Stories For Social Change!!!!!!


Seasoned Theology

A Writer's Soul

"Diving into a writers soul is discovering the broken treasure and beautiful mysteries that make you gasp for air."

Undressed Thoughts

layers of my onion head

Burning Soul

What heart speaks out

Writing Tomorrow, Today

Random cohesion to inspire, motivate and shape your inner writer...or reader

Erzählerin (Storyteller)

NOTE: Due to the content of some posts, please be 18+ to read this blog. True Stories. Fake Stories. Other (Slightly) Interesting Things. New reader? Confused? Be sure to read the Guide to Getting Started first!


News Made Simple

Festival Reviews

Showcasing the best of movies, and film festivals from around the world.

Visionarie ~Kindness Chronicles

"kindness is healing, writer & poet of sorts, "

the lazy bookshelf

trying to make a career out of reading

Beauty / Lifestyle / Travel


Filling blank space with words

Compiled and Complicated

building a community of curated thoughts

St Margaret's Lee

Church of England Primary School


Horse Trainer, Wine Lover, Proud INTJ and Digital Marketing Extraordinaire.

Eclectic Cove

Book, Movies, TV, Cross Stitch and more

Mother's Yarn

Read to your kids. Do something for yourself. Live.

%d bloggers like this: