Joaquin Phoenix is a genius and will make you cry for his character. I saw Joker over the weekend and was nervous at first, because I had heard it was dark. I don’t like dark and I don’t like watching anything like truly feels evil. This movie though, didn’t feel like that to me. It felt sad and tragic. The story of a mentally ill man who fell through the cracks and was bullied all his life for being different. A man who suffered childhood abuse and then mental illness because of it. It is in no way a children’s movie- so fair warning on that one. What I will say is that this movie is a story that should be told, talked about and watched. If for nothing else than to build compassion for those suffering with mental illness. Joaquin Phoenix also deserves the Oscar. Period.