Todd Phillips' Joker attempts to create a plausible backstory for the iconic supervillain.
1 / 9
While the film tries to convey an important message about mental illness...
2 / 9
...Phillips undermines that message with poor directorial choices throughout the film.
3 / 9
One such moment occurs as the film approaches its climax, when Arthur finalizes his transformation.
4 / 9
Phillips' uses Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll (Part 2) in a key scene...
5 / 9
...glorifies the violent acts Arthur's committed earlier in the film.
6 / 9
It suggests audiences should be excited about the violence they know is coming.
7 / 9
Directed by Todd Phillips, and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joker is now in theaters.
8 / 9