Joker’s Oscar nominations are a joke: This movie is stupid!

This, in the end, is what I find stupidest of all about Joker: how convinced the movie seems that it’s daring, that it’s showing us something we’ve never seen before. There’s a scene in Joker when Arthur Fleck sneaks into a fancy benefit screening of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Todd Phillips trains the camera on the movie screen as the Little Tramp roller-skates closer and closer to a steep drop. Get it?!Phillips is asking, nudging us in the ribs. We, too, are unafraid to skate close to the edge.

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