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  • 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

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  • ...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

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  • It suggests audiences should be excited about the violence they know is coming. 7 / 9

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  • Directed by Todd Phillips, and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Joker is now in theaters. 8 / 9

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