I finally watched the movies everyone made a big deal out of… it was mediocre. Certainly, an engaging and gripping character piece that was enlightening towards societal abandonment of the abnormal and the underlying unapathetic cruelty that plagues us all to some degree.
Despite that it just doesn’t demonstrate enough depth in storytelling that the themes just come across as derivative. Too much criticism is targeted that it is derivative of King of Comedy and Taxi Driver. Let’s be honest everything is derivative. Plenty Hollywood flicks are pitched as x meets y. The problem is Joker is just so murky in it’s messaging that it never affirms its identity of its intentions instead of pulling inspiration from better laid out predecessors.