sunskerr wrote:I definitely understood the mental health theme, and was able to relate as I also suffer from depression. I just believe that if I compared it to other movies about mental health, this would not really be at the top of my list. As far as it using the Batman world to tell a story about mental health, then it definitely deserves props in that regard.
As for its commentary on economic issues, I think that was actually its strongest point. I think it depicts the harsh reality of living conditions for people who live at the very bottom of the economic hierarchy. They are ignored, and people living at the top live safely in their bubble completely blind to the issues that these people struggle with on a daily basis. And the Joker, being not only poor but also mentally impaired, is absolutely f***ed economically. He has absolutely no chance to improve his life.
Another good part was Thomas Wayne running for mayor, claiming that he was going to help Gotham's poor, that he was the only one who could help the city, and then cutting the city's spending on mental health. This is a fairly obvious reflection of real life, where we have billionaires and other elites who fly in private jets to meetings in foreign countries in an "attempt" to solve poverty, being blissfully unaware that they are part of the cause of poverty. This sort of compromised thinking, that they can continue to profit and become more wealthy at historical rates, whilst also solving poverty, is so prevalent in the absolute highest income classes of society, and is very dangerous for the world moving forward.
I don't have first hand experience dealing with depression myself but my GF does and I've known quite a few people dealing with mental health issues and the lack of help/support that is available to them. Using the Batman world makes it more interesting than just a pure, realistic drama piece. It adds a step removed from reality which aids in story telling.
Agreed, as you mention it's the economic issues and the whole Thomas Wayne running for mayor backdrop which is where a lot of that social commentary comes in and how the disaffected and disillusioned "poor" are being forgotten. So it's not exactly reality but it draws a ton of analogies from the real world and shows how someone, like Arthur, could slip through the crack. Arthur becoming the Joker is really more symbolic than character evolution imo.
I'm sure there's more realistic depiction of mental health issues in other films but I wasn't really watching it for a realistic depiction of mental health. Just like I'm not watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for a realistic depiction of a broken family