Todd Phillips' Joker gives us an unnecessary origin for the Clown's laugh.
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It's a neurological condition Arthur Fleck has had since he was a kid.
2 / 9
He carries around a card indicating he laughs uncontrollably at times.
3 / 9
However, this explanation is provided to force us to feel sympathy for him.
4 / 9
We already empathize at Arthur position as part of the rejected lower-class of Gotham.
5 / 9
So this backstory takes away from the chaos the laugh was meant to represent.
6 / 9
It should impart fear like Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill's laughs as the character.
7 / 9
Instead, it loses its sense of dread because we know it's a medical issue.
8 / 9