It was the designated destination for all things autumn-related - where peace and pleasure were procured by way of pies.
The first was my personal favourite, as it has been for the past several years. Tart and delicious with chunky bites of fruit, it was the ideal complement to the much slicker Apple Streusel. Occasional swaps were made to cut sweetness in the absence of water glasses. We concluded that while the crunchy streusel topping was delicious, the filling was overwhelming; meanwhile, both slices had ought to been served warm for maximum enjoyment.
Passing by Cineplex, however, the topic of JOKER was brought up. K-Idols had posted about the movie on the day of its release, and I, as one to be easily swayed by such idols, conjured up the suggestion of verifying its showtimes.
JOKER is intended to be the back story to the villain's origins. Diving into the mind of a man with a shocking upbringing and consequently sustained neurological condition, the series of events sheds light on those suffering with mental illnesses and the impact of society turning a blind eye.
The setting is Gotham City, a grimy, graffiti-slathered borough with corrupted souls and despair around each corner. It was set in an earlier point in history, where pagers were not used and television programs were rewinded manually by turning a knob. That said, guns were still readily available, even to low-income households with questionable connections.
It was very much American, and very much stimulated flashbacks of Brooklyn - an aspect that made me quickly grow unfond of it.
It is unknown whether the purpose of the tale is to evoke feelings of pity or sympathy, or to spread awareness on recognizing that not all illnesses are visible to the human eye. Regardless, it is not a film I would be looking to watch over and over; in fact, I nearly fell into a slumber within the first thirty minutes. There was also a noticeable amount of blood and violence, which deems it unsuitable for watching after meals and/or with children in tow. And with the number of smokes witnessed, I could almost sense the smell of cigarettes wafting about me.