Joker Director Finally Explains That Last Crucial Scene

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Arthur Fleck's biggest joke just might be the one he pulled on you. Joker director Todd Phillips recently made a few very interesting comments to the Los Angeles Times about the final scene of the movie comments that imply a bizarre truth about the story being presented. In case that's not warning enough, be advised that major spoilers for Joker lie ahead.

    Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur is depicted early and often as having a tenuous grip on reality. The film eventually lets on that it's not always clear which events are fantasy and which are reality not to the audience, and presumably not to Arthur.

    At the end, Arthur is seen with his psychiatrist in Arkham State Hospital after he has apparently killed his mother, incited a riot, shot Murray Franklin on live television, and escaped from police custody with the help of his clown-masked followers. As the shrink attempts to question him, Arthur simply laughs, telling her that she wouldn't get the joke. According to Phillips, it's this particular laugh that might hold a clue about the true nature of the story that just unfolded. He explained,

    "That laugh in that scene is really the only time he laughs genuinely. There are different laughs in the movie. There is the laugh from Arthur's affliction and then there is his fake laugh when he's trying to be 'one of the people,' which is my favorite laugh. But at the end, when he's in the room at Arkham State Hospital, that's his only genuine laugh in the movie."

    Why is that, exactly? Well, perhaps because in the end, the joke is on us, the audience. Phillips has said that one of the main influences on his film was The Killing Joke, the acclaimed 1988 graphic novel in which the Joker says that if he must have a past, he, quote, "[prefers] it to be multiple choice." The director made a direct allusion to this dialogue in suggesting that as many fans have speculated Arthur Fleck might not necessarily be who we think he is. Phillips said,

    "There are lots of ways you could look at this movie. You could look at it and go, 'This is just one of his multiple-choice stories. None of it happened.' I don't want to say what it is. But a lot of people I've shown it to have said, 'Oh, I get it he's just made up a story. The whole movie is the joke. It's this thing this guy in Arkham Asylum concocted. He might not even be the Joker.'"

    Phillips went on to state outright that the man who will become Batman's nemesis may simply be in the background somewhere, watching all of these events play out. He said,

    "Maybe Joaquin's character inspired the Joker. You don't really know. His last line in the movie is, 'You wouldn't get it.' There's a lot going on in there that's interesting."

    Phoenix himself also explained that Joker can be seen not so much as a straightforward narrative, but as a series of suggestions. Keep watching the video to see that the Joker director finally explains that last crucial scene!

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  • Looper
    Looper  7 days ago +1197

    How much of Joker do you think really happened in the movie? Which parts?

  • HI EVERYONE
    HI EVERYONE  23 minutes ago

    Heath Ledger played a great role before his passing, but this film and actor will surpass that other version. My favorite is still 89's Batman w Nicholson and Keaton.

  • Joey Stanley
    Joey Stanley  an hour ago

    At the end of it all he still ain’t as intelligent as the heath ledger joker and now he better sit and wait cause uncle Batman’s growing up lol jk

  • Naufal Muhammad Haiqal

    wait, if the man who we see in the taxi was the man who all along pull the trigger of the riots and bring Fleck in, then he maybe one of the potential Joker...

  • Joey Stanley
    Joey Stanley  an hour ago

    Love Dc comics but I wish they’d put it all together like The MCU does. Still waiting on robin’s character to show up after the dark night . And I wished they keep the same characters everyone always has to compare who does better at acting and what not ..

  • Cody
    Cody  an hour ago

    Bruh, WE NEED to see Joaquin's Joker vs Pattinson's Batman! That is just begging for something amazing to happen!

  • VobisPacem
    VobisPacem  2 hours ago

    Arthur already announced on live TV that he is a villain character joker, and everyone in that world already watched it firsthand.
    So if another person comes out to claim the name joker it wouldn't work.

  • Luis Romo
    Luis Romo  2 hours ago

    Not joker? Wack that's the real one in this universe I agree tho wouldn't fit well with bad man

  • Jason Paul Elder
    Jason Paul Elder  2 hours ago

    I think it's a brilliantly profound film that shouldn't be made into something deeper than it already is. If it were all a delusion, especially with the premise of it inspiring the real Joker to come, it would be overkill in my opinion.

    There's already a degree of obvious delusion or fantasizing at times with Arthur, but it really appears to me that the audience is allowed into his mental deterioration enough to see the many facets to it. This is why there are times to feel sympathetic, supportive, alarmed, and entertained by his transformation.

    As for the last line, saying that the therapist wouldn't get the joke, I just took that as in - even as a worker in a psych ward (and based on his previous experience in being observed), his mental condition - locked firmly into identity of the Joker - would be over her head to comprehend.

    This makes the most sense to me because there's a heightened degree of non-nonsense confidence in his being the Joker.

  • Rohit das
    Rohit das  3 hours ago

    JOKER GIRLFRIEND I THINK IS ILLUSION

  • smago88
    smago88  3 hours ago +1

    So the joke is, I went to see the movie Joker. But maybe I didn’t see the Joker Movie? Hmmm my head hurts now.

  • John Galt
    John Galt  3 hours ago +1

    What a testament to Pheonix and his acting. That there are so many interpretations of the movie is testament of his acting. Everything he does turns to gold.

  • joey cruz
    joey cruz  5 hours ago +1

    Woww cant this guy just explain the dam movie?? Your not david lynch bro cut the bullshit and explain the confusing end to your movie!!!

  • TheQuatum
    TheQuatum  5 hours ago +1

    Tbh the director should have kept his mouth shut. The movie is great, we don't need him to explain it. When you explain a joke, it's no longer funny.

  • Autistic Spice
    Autistic Spice  6 hours ago +1

    i feel like Joker’s relationship with Sophie could have been real, esp if it weren’t for the weird “were you following me to work” bit, but she was understandably scared when he showed up unannounced & it creeped her out that night. He could’ve been crying because of how rejected he felt when she asked him to leave her apt.

  • Redgle
    Redgle  7 hours ago

    The whole "all in his head" theory will only be a detriment to the movie imo... I really hope they don't go that route

  • slimturnpike
    slimturnpike  8 hours ago

    Obviously Fleck is in the asylum the whole time

  • Ricardum
    Ricardum  9 hours ago

    All the plot of the film is in Arthur head because the murder in subway didn't happenig, ARTHUR HAD A SIX SHOOT SMALL GUN AND HE SHOOTED EIGHT TIMES WHEN HE KILL THE ASSHOLES IN THE SUBWAY, WITH OUT RELOAD ONCE. SO IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE. ALL THE MOVIE DEVELOPS AROUND THIS MURDERS SO, NEED I SAY MORE?!
    Ergo: It was only a crazy desulion, and a completly lost of my time. I hate that kind of end.

    PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG, SOMEBOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Halo Genisys
    Halo Genisys  9 hours ago

    More the merrier more to come murder me. Hey.

  • killoreo
    killoreo  10 hours ago

    Its definately the THE Joker, what is reality and what is not is the joke.