'JOKER' was a period, beginning from the rush in peoples' minds, and ending with the dialogues in their same minds. The craze for the movie seemed to be much haunting than exciting. The happiest kids too seemed to have loved this movie's dialogues and, some of them are etched in our hearts.
1. "ALL I HAVE ARE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS."
For sure, 80% of us fall under the same category. Negative thoughts are an outcome of low self-esteem, which was the reason that made more than half of the audience to make their appearance for the movie. It was a compulsion that we spoke to ourselves, stating ''Oh damn, so true!"
2. "I JUST DON'T WANT TO FEEL SO BAD ANYMORE."
Did you display your broken smile on this dialogue even when you didn't want to? This dialogue just pinched all of us. The majority of us might have had exchanged glances. And, some updated kids snapped this dialogue's appearance on the screen and sent it to their ' disheartened' friends.
3. "YOU DON'T LISTEN, DO YOU?"
Didn't this hit you harder? We all know the judgemental face of ours. The reason behind feeling guilty while listening to this dialogue was simply the number of assumptions, we make that always turn out to be erroneous or inexact! Do we listen to anyone's story before creating one on them? No, we don't.
4. "WHEN YOU BRING ME OUT, CAN YOU INTRODUCE ME AS JOKER?"
What would you name this? Acceptance? Pride? We often promise to accept people with their flaws but, what is it when we can’t maintain to walk forward with their incomplete perfections? In today's world, giving a title to someone is just a piece of cake but, taking pride in that title is probably the icing of the cake.
5. "THE WORST PART OF HAVING A MENTAL ILLNESS IS PEOPLE EXPECT YOU TO BEHAVE AS IF YOU DON'T."
"Oh god, I mean what even?" So relatable, right? It's probably the most unusual part of being unplanned happy when you are sad. It's just like listening to another "it's okay" even when nothing's okay. Such a confusion they land you into; who's the one with the mental illness, you or the person who asks you to behave?
6. "I THINK I FELT BETTER WHEN I WAS LOCKED UP IN THE HOSPITAL."
Happens! You fail to conclude what's much better, being sad or being sad; options remain the same, the situation changes. It's moreover like differentiating between 'split red lentils' and 'split green grams'; their looks are similar but, tastes are different. You end up assuring your self that being sad is much better than being the saddest!
7. "NOBODY'S CIVIL ANYMORE. NOBODY THINKS WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE THE OTHER GUY."
And you end up passing comments on others, enough to jumble up their day! It's not only about being civil towards one another but also about being logical and respectful towards them. Isn't that what we all saw in the movie? Disgrace and degradation for Fleck, unwantedly converting him into a criminal mastermind.
8. "FOR MY WHOLE LIFE, I DIDN'T KNOW IF I EVEN REALLY EXISTED. BUT I DO, AND PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO NOTICE."
Did you ever plan for wrong actions to bring yourself in the limelight? Well, that's what Fleck did! At some point, we all have done something or have thought of doing something that would attract everyone's attention towards us, by hook or by crook. Honestly, this dialogue was not only Fleck's thought but also, is our favorite 3 AM theory.
9. "MY MOTHER ALWAYS TELLS ME TO SMILE AND PUT ON A HAPPY FACE. SHE TOLD ME I HAD A PURPOSE: TO BRING LAUGHTER AND JOY TO THE WORLD."
If considered with a clear mind, that's what exactly our mothers do to console us. My mother does the same when I rest my head on her lap and cry my heart out. We could easily relate to his mother in the movie because ours is also one of the same kinds. Fleck's mother made a win-win situation by giving him moral support; she knew she couldn't do anything about his mental illness, but she didn't even do anything to make it worse.
10. "I KNOW IT SEEMS STRANGE, I DON'T MEAN TO MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, I DONT'T KNOW WHY EVERYONE IS SO RUDE, I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ARE; I DON'T WANT ANYTHING FROM YOU. MAYBE A LITTLE WARMTH, MAYBE A HUG DAD, MAYBE A BIT OF COMMON DECENCY!"
This one dialogue completes the movie for all of us! A summary, maybe? Yes, there's a slight difference. Our office-going dads are the ones we thought about while listening to this dialogue. For sake, even if we remove the word dad, that's exactly everything that everyone needs. Some warmth, respect, understanding, decency, and hugs; some TIME!
This movie was a positive ruckus! The ratio of its dialogues to its understanding was 1:1.
'JOKER' turned out to be a rollercoaster for some. Many failed to comprehend the message given in this movie. But, on the other hand, a film like this was extremely required.
I heard so many people say, "Thank god! At least some movie is relatable to what I'm going through/ I've been going through."
By Trisha Haldar