“Walked out of the Joker. I couldn’t do it,” said one among many viewers who wrote about leaving cinema halls after watching Joker.
When the first trailer of Joker released, many knew that the Joaquin Phoenix starrer had all it takes to become a pathbreaking movie in cinema history. As big of a statement it is, it's true because the movie is breaking a lot of box office records and even has a higher rating than The Dark Knight on IMDB. Early days but still a huge achievement.
When the movie finally released, and viewers walked into the cinema halls, they knew it was going to be disturbing and dark considering its dark take on society and obviously, Joaquin Phoenix's unreal portrayal as the iconic Joker.
According to The Sun report, many Joker viewers had walked out of the cinema halls because they couldn't handle the disturbing antics of the Joker and the things he said and did.
“Walked out of The Joker. I couldn’t do it,” a viewer wrote, meanwhile, another said he was “shaking and speechless” by the end of the movie.
A third wrote: “I've just walked out of the Joker. Maybe I was naive in going/didn't realise what an origin story would be like, maybe because I live with someone with MH [mental health], it was just far too dark for me to be able to watch.”
“An entire family walked out of joker last night after the joker first killed someone,” a viewer added. "If joker makes me uncomfortable then the movie was made right. I hope it makes me uncomfortable. I hope it leaves me questioning everything about this film. I want to be speechless walking out of the movie theater tonight."
Joker reviews have been doing the rounds of social media ever since it released on October 4. Some people have absolutely loved it while there were others who felt it was too dark and overhyped. Well, a sign of a great work of art, is indeed in making people react and have opinions and Joker has exactly managed to do that.
Many police departments had kept a close watch on theatres the day Joker released because they feared the violence shown in the film might spark copycat crimes.
This comes after a gunman named James Holmes fired at a Colorado theatre in 2012 during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. At least 12 people were killed in the mass shooting and 70 others were injured.
Even LAPD put out a statement after the Joker released in Los Angeles: "The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of public concerns and the historical significance associated with the premiere of Joker. While there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, the department will maintain high visibility around theatres when it opens."
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