Film Theory: The Joker Is Not Real (Joker 2019 Spoiler Free)

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    This year we are getting a seemingly brand new take on the classic Batman villain, the Joker. This version stars Joaquin Phoenix as a failed comedian named Arthur Fleck - a new name for the old character. People are saying it's a whole new origin story for the Joker and I think that's true... but maybe not in the way most people are thinking. I think this Joker is not actually REAL! What do I mean? You're about to find out!
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    Published on 5 months ago


    1. Kidguy900

      8:47 now in my study’s i think she’s bound to be Quinn

    2. Carm Carm

      Great theory

    3. Milton77

      “Inappropriate actions”... first thing shown is a clip of Arthur trying to make a bored kid on the bus laugh. Yeah, what a freak

    4. Milton77

      You’ve misunderstood American Psycho: all that is actually happening. It’s rather more that the whole story is an allegory for 80’s yuppie culture

    5. Joyce Villareal-Nodado

      Wait remember the three joker thing what if this is the thing

    6. drummer C.J.P.

      Most stupidest theory I've watched from you.

    7. Joseph Brice

      2019: “The worst part of having mental illness is people expect you to act like you don’t” 1999: “The first rule of fight club is: You don’t talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is: you don’t talk about fight club.” The fear of the stigma of mental illness has gone on for WAY too long.

    8. MasterBuilder Luke27

      I have a question that nobody seemed to cover: When he is dancing down the stairs how did the two detectives recognise him?

    9. Hasanna Robinson

      This is so wrong. Please just wacth the movie then watch this video. Love you though

    10. Hasanna Robinson

      May you do a joker analysis like this but with spoilers because the move had key scences that may help you get to or can change the idea of you talking about and uncovering joker. And did you even watch the film because arthur is just violent to let out his anger, his care of his mom is explained and arthur's tongue painting is AFTER not taking medicines. The laughing is CAUSED by the medicines and on the medicines he hallucinates. There are many other scences to help you figure out joker that t you can include WITH spoilers

    11. Maurice Ratzmann

      feeling kinda weird here to be honest, I have Scizophrenia myself (diagnosed around a year-ish ago) and you sadly educated me more on this illness than my Psychiatrist and Psychologist. I live in germany, a country well known for having public health care. I didn't even know about the handwriting study but it is oddly accurate, I have handwriting like that too oddly enough.

    12. Mind Of Kids

      The only part of the movie where he was hallucinating was him having a strong relationship with the girl

    13. Jack Bibby

      12:57 Oh my God that face is terrifying.

    14. Hagen Thurston

      It is weird to see "the joker" have a back story and make us have empathy for him.

    15. Jenny Drews

      Theory guy: what about another joke joker? Joker: sure Theory guy: *YOUR EXISTENCE*

    16. Alexander Hamilton Fan

      As he himself says in the last trailer- AlOe ClEnSiNg WiPes

    17. Aaron Taylor

      Isn't this a kid's channel?

    18. Peridot_Red

      "Fans will be mad" "Fans: Holy theory this is amazing!"

    19. Dark Shade015

      Grade A+ two part movie question

    20. fleetwaysupersonicscourge 178

      2:15 I've seen that movie what's it called

      1. fleetwaysupersonicscourge 178

        No I know it's about a detective

      2. Crow Kid

        This is just a guess but im thinking it's catch me if you can

    21. Dominick Cureton

      Food for thought. What if Arthur at the end is The Joker and reminiscing and reliving his past and how he created Batman. His old psychiatrists got her job back and was assigned with him once more. Which brings us to the end film where the murders her. Ultimately bringing on his fate to be assigned to Dr.Quinn.

    22. JJ Chaos

      You know, this makes a lot more sense to me. The Joker is a demon who arises to face Batman's dark angel. There can be no Joker without the bat. Not to mention that the Joker being the leader of a socialist movement makes no sense.

    23. Chobane

      well you were part right

    24. modern spongebob

      What was the music in this video?!?!?!

    25. Jimmy

      What abt that one movie with leonardo dicaprio with the dreams lol He says the people in the dream world are there self conscious amd only act how his self conscious acts and the people protesting seem to be doing exactly that

    26. Yandere Animator

      Nobody: Me at one am on a school night: *watches film theories*

    27. joey grenova

      1:06 a man who just won an Oscar for best actor !

    28. King 200

      Ik this might sound weird but the joker doesn’t feel like he has mental issues to me

    29. you animations

      Thats the thing about joker his past like he said " i like my history as multiple choice" he remembers it differently and that what makes the joker he's unpredictable

    30. Tanzeel Semab

      If joker is not real who am I

    31. Grovyle

      Thumbs down for the annoying sound in the end 15:00

    32. IsmaaFN

      and i wasted 15 minutes of my life

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    34. Chris Graphia

      I actually kinda always felt like the biggest clue is right there in the title: the film is called "Joker" and not "THE Joker" as the character is most often referred to.

    35. Mystical Keyblade

      Arthur Fleck was the most depressing joker ever. This movie was so depressing! I had no sympathy for him when he killed his mom.

    36. Ravi Jagannadhan

      Your hypothesis doesn't work in regards to the Joker in the protests. He's not commanding them, he's just blending into them.

    37. CreakyDaBomb

      The Joker laughing after getting hurt might also be just a weird pain response cause sometimes when I get hurt especially when my head hits something like a wall I laugh or at least I used to

      1. Chris Graphia

        I actually react the exact same way to pain.

    38. meis me

      Im pretty sure he only has delusions when hes arthur because he wants to be recegnized by everyone and be loved.but all the scenes as joker are real because he doesn't need to fanticize anymore because his dreams became a reality

    39. Just Another Batman fan

      Huh he did really good

    40. Average Gamer34

      Doesnt this joker inspire the joker that fights batman

    41. Crow Kid

      What's the music at 3:21

    42. Joëy Drenthe

      Arthur can't be the real joker based on this movie because he's not physically nor mentally ready to go toe to toe with the bat. I think there needs to be a sequel in wich Arthur spends a lot of time in Archam where he learns to manipulate people like the joker and where he becomes stronger physically.

    43. 0eazy

      This is spoiler free? I mean I've seen the movie before this video but if I hadn't I would be very disappointed.

    44. Cringe normie Kevin

      omg i susafdsfsdigtieagoitgeoifgoif

    45. Joseph Figueroa

      Im sure by now hopefully you know that Peggy Fleck IS NOT Arthur's mother, he is adopted. So your whole "heredity genetics" argument goes right out the window.

    46. Devi Ram

      Joker is not real

    47. Carolina Collazo

      MatPat this video gave me the chills. Not only the theory itself and your voice but also the edition and the music were so point it's scary

    48. Chelsea

      Okay, watching this after the movie has already come out and after this most recent film theory on it and a couple other things, this is insane and I mean it in a good way. I think matpat might have been pretty much straight on when it came to this.

    49. Daylen Brennan

      Idk if you’ll see this it’s been a while when you posted this but when I saw the movie I saw Arthur as not the joker but a follower of the joker someone who’s ideals “match up” with that of the clown prince, just food for thought I suppose

      1. Michael Taylor

        There is no other Joker in the movie for him to follow. HE is the Joker. And in the movie, he says he doesn't believe in anything. He has no ideals. He's pure chaos.

    50. Jack Coma

      So did Joker not remember the abuse? He was so horrified when he found out. Maybe the brain injury that caused his laugh also affected his memory or maybe he pushed it away as a coping mechanism to trauma

    51. Pyromaniac21

      3:18 Wait Wait Wait. I distinctly remember references to *Arthur Fleck* . It was in the same noir animation style as the 1992 Animated Series and was even voiced by *Mark Hammill* . It shows the early days when he masqueraded as Red Hood before being thrown into a vat of chemicals to ultimately become the Joker we know and love in the series.

    52. Anon B

      I love the fact that they smuggled an arthouse film right in under the noses of the Batman crowd. It's not faultless, but it talks about the things that the left has forgotten and the right never knew.

    53. Kevin chavez

      um is it just me or do you laugh when you feel pain cause i do...but i don't have schizophenria

    54. J Clinton

      i know my comment will be pusshed to the bottom but heres a theory for ya... have you red comics? there isnt 1 joker ... there is 3 . this is the joker 1 of 3 jokers NUFF SAID

    55. MARTIN Stuart

      I still hold firm that the whole movie was in Arthur's head. None of it actually happened. He was in the hospital the whole time. That whole theory started the second there's a flash of him smacking his head off his cell door while he is apparently sitting with his case worker at the beginning of the film. I could be wrong, that's the magic of ambiguity. Really don't want a sequel, it will have to answer questions. It's the equivalent of making The Thing 2. No one wants it, it's not needed. Leave it be, and you have created something brilliant, beautiful and unique.

      1. akshay Viswambharan

        It's all real except those delusional scenes....if it's all fake why would there be delusional sequences inside a delusional story ?

      2. Anon B

        I hope this inspires the Marvel sausage factory to churn out some more thoughtful films.

      3. Alif Hakimi

        Ikr?? I really hope that they didn't make a sequel. But i wonder what they will do with the new Robert Pattinson 'The Batman' without Joker.

    56. Ethan Fleck

      Can I just say that I love this movie? Not just because it is a great movie, but because my name is Fleck as well. Just sayin'. Great name choice

    57. Bunny Bro

      Dunno if you noticed this,but every clock in the joker movie reads 11:11 o'clock Seriously, go back,see the entire movie, and read every single clock you find They didn't even necessarily need clocks in some shots,but it looks like they were put there just to show us 11:11

    58. elephantfan

      Also jack Napier was from batman TAS

    59. Gini Rahman

      0:21 do you guys know we're is the real joker? Answer is simple it's matpat #beingflimtheory #mytheoryisworst

    60. Tristen

      The whole “joker isn’t real” thing I fucking hate. I just want to believe everything was real and enjoy the movie for what it was. And I hope joker faces batman

    61. Bruno Evangelista


    62. Obiwan blues

      Eat an apple a day and keep the doctor away *~ Joker*

    63. DigDag DoggoDude

      Heath ledger joker:my father killed my mother Joaquin pheonix joker:my parents abused me til i got mental illness

    64. Cindy Sparr

      I just now why should Joker move

    65. Soundwave VR

      Right after watching the movie a second time my theory is "Arthur" IS the Joker, but his story is fictional (as in he invented it), it's just one of the many different stories he tells the doctors (like in Mad Love) and his name isn't even Arthur.

    66. Lpro 74

      What if Arthur is actually not the joker and the protest are actually someone else’s doing and Arthur is imaging that he caused it and he is actually a nobody or that I’m wrong ( maybe he just dreamt the whole thing actually) DUNNO REALLY

    67. ok funyy

      Oh how he was so wrong but right

    68. Depressed Potato

      The fact that mat listed off the symptoms for schizophrenia is making me absolutely convinced that im schizophrenic-

    69. Flppinpancakes

      Arthur fleck = a.fleck confirmed joker is in Batman’s head or is batman in jokers head

    70. Andrew Brown

      He had it right the first time