Qualified by many as problematic for the violence it shows and for others as a necessary film, everyone seems to have an opinion on "Joker." And the American filmmaker Michael Moore has decided to give his.
With a message on social networks, the director of "Fahrenheit 9/11", has described the film as a "masterpiece."
"Joker" recounts the traumatic life of an aspiring comedian and the circumstances that lead him to become the Joker, the villain who would later become Batman's arch nemesis.RELATED
The tape has been severely attacked. Stephanie Zacharek, from Time magazine, criticized the "aggressive and possibly irresponsible idiocy" of the film, while Variety critic Owen Gleiberman said it is "a product that flirts with danger: it gives evil a clown mask. "
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On Wednesday night I attended the New York Film Festival and witnessed a cinematic masterpiece, the film that last month won the top prize as the Best Film of the Venice International Film Festival. It’s called “Joker” — and all we Americans have heard about this movie is that we should fear it and stay away from it. We’ve been told it’s violent and sick and morally corrupt. We’ve been told that police will be at every screening this weekend in case of “trouble.” Our country is in deep despair, our constitution is in shreds, a rogue maniac from Queens has access to the nuclear codes — but for some reason, it’s a movie we should be afraid of. I would suggest the opposite: The greater danger to society may be if you DON’T go see this movie. Because the story it tells and the issues it raises are so profound, so necessary, that if you look away from the genius of this work of art, you will miss the gift of the mirror it is offering us. Yes, there’s a disturbed clown in that mirror, but he’s not alone — we’re standing right there beside him. “Joker” is no comic book movie. The film is set somewhere in 1970s Gotham/New York City, the headquarters of all evil: the rich who rule us, the banks and corporations whom we serve, the media which feeds us a daily diet “news” they think we should absorb. But this movie is not about Trump. It’s about the America that gave us Trump — the America which feels no need to help the outcast, the destitute. The America where the filthy rich just get richer and filthier. Thank you Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, Warner Bros. and all who made this important movie for this important time. I loved this film’s multiple homages to Taxi Driver, Network, The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon. How long has it been since we’ve seen a movie aspire to the level of Stanley Kubrick? Go see this film. Take your teens. Take your resolve.
But the "Joker" also has its defenders and Michael Moore has not hesitated to praise the film.
Michael Moore has not hesitated to praise the film starring Joaquin Phoenix.
"We are right next to him"
"We have been told that it is violent, sick and morally corrupt. An incitement and celebration of the murder. We have been told that the police will be out of each function this weekend in case there are 'problems'. Our country is deeply desperate, our constitution is shattered, a dishonest maniac in the Queens neighborhood (referring to Donald Trump) has access to nuclear codes, but for some reason, it is a film we should be afraid of, "Moore wrote in an extensive post on Facebook,.
In fact. the filmmaker mocks the alleged "danger" that the film represents.
"The greatest danger to society may be that you are NOT going to watch this movie. The story it tells and the problems it poses are so deep and so necessary that if you look away from the ingenuity of this work of art, you will lose the gift of the mirror that offers".
"Yes, in that mirror there is a disturbed clown, but he is not alone, we are right next to him."
"Joker", a mirror of American reality
In his publication, Moore evokes the similarities between Gotham City and New York City and hints that the film is a mirror of the reality that American society is experiencing today.
"The film is set in the 70s or 80s in Gotham City, and filmmakers do not strive to hide what it really is: the city of New York, the headquarters of all evil, of the rich who govern us, the banks and the corporations we serve, the media that feed us with a daily diet of 'news' that they believe we should consume. "
The Oscar winner for Best Documentary for "Bowling for Columbine" also compared Joker with Donald Trump.
In his post, Moore made a comparison between the Guazón and Donald Trump.
"Last week, a week in which the ruling president accused himself and, in the truest style of Joker, mocked Mueller's inability and the Democrats to stop him … But even so, ten days after boasting his guilt, he was still sitting in the Oval Office, with his nuclear codes stained by the fat of a KFC. "
However, Moore points out that this movie is not about Trump, but about "the America that Trump has left us." "The America where the immunologically rich become richer and unclean."
Moore ended his message by thanking Joaquin Phoenix, Todd Phillips, Warner Bros and everyone who worked on the film. Similarly, the filmmaker praised the "multiple tributes" on the film to productions such as "Taxi Driver", "Network", "The French Connection" and "Dog Day Afternoon".
For many years, Michael Moore has been a great critic of Donald Trump.
In 2016, the filmmaker predicted that Trump would succeed in the presidential elections, in a post explaining how the magnate was using the discontent of the Americans.
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