Theater Chain Warns Kids About New “Joker” Film Release

At the San Antonio Draft House, in dear old Texas, there lies a poster warning amid this week’s “Joker” title:

“Parental warning (this is not a joke),” begins the message. “Joker is Rated R and for a good reason. There’s lots of very, very coarse language, brutal violence, and overall bad vibes.”

“It’s a gritty, dark, and realistic Taxi Driver-esque depiction of one man’s descent into madness. It’s not for kids, and they won’t like it, anyway.”

“There’s no Batman.”

According to MSN,  the film has been buffering warning threats to most movie theatres across America, including New York. The Alamo also decided to have their security personnel for the new film’s release this Friday. NYPD officials have also agreed to be on the lookout as undercover cops, due to possible violent threats surrounding “Joker.” The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as the self-titled Joker and also includes Robert DeNiro. The storyline follows closely behind Deniro’s “Taxi Driver,” where a man slowly descends into madness.

Joker lives in a city where he’s beaten down by society and as he evolves into the Joker becomes enraged and lashes onto the prestigious society who shunned him. The violence acts the audience endures by watching the film are quite brutal, which has caused some concern among viewers. While the Joker is a hero to the working-class in the movie, perhaps another commonality would be the fear he instills. So, is the Joker a good guy or a bad guy?

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Many will argue purely evil, enigmatically genius, or both. Meaning Joker can be useful and harmful. How does one know which lines to cross? What are the motivations? Does extreme violence cause actions? Perhaps, some may see the Joker has the ultimate rebellion. In the graphic novel, The Killing Joke, the man who became the Joker led an ordinarily promising life. 

Can some of us relate? Of course, we can. We all want an anti-oppressor to save us from the bonds of oppression. In the Joker’s rivalry, all the world is a stage for us to watch and burn. For some, the brutal acts of violence can muster up ideas of terrorism and for children exposed to crime. However, on a broader scale, there are children exposed to violence every day. Does the Joker inspire their behavior or remedy it? 

Ultimately, “Joker” is a film, meaning it is always up for interpretation. Although resorting to violence to free oneself can be heroic at times, I still think saving the innocent is the real hero story.

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