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  • Todd Phillips' Joker gives us an unnecessary origin for the Clown's laugh. 1 / 9

  • 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

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  • 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

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