‘Joker’ was essentially the most complained about film of 2019, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has confirmed.
The BBFC, of their annual report, revealed that the DC origin film – which Joaquin Phoenix stars as an alternate interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime – acquired 20 complaints regarding the movie’s age 15 classification.
The complaints argued that the BBFC ought to have categorized the movie as an 18, due its ‘violence and tone’, whereas a small variety of folks felt it ought to have been banned altogether.
While ‘Joker’ options scenes of sturdy violence, together with stabbings, shootings and accompanying blood, the BBFC states that the film does not “dwell on the infliction of pain or injury in a manner that requires an 18”.
If 20 official complaints does not sound like lots, it is as a result of it isn’t. In whole, the BBFC solely acquired 149 complaints final 12 months, which is lower than half the quantity that have been made in 2018.
For comparability, Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, which was launched in 2008, acquired over 300 complaints. If this tells us something, it is that audiences are seemingly much less fazed by blood and violence these days.
Despite director Todd Phillips fairly clearly stating that there aren’t any plans for a Joker sequel, it appears its $1 billion haul on the field workplace could have prompted a rethink.