A trip to the cinema is one of my favourite things to do. I don’t even have to enjoy the film (of course it’s better if I do) but there is something about sitting silently in the dark and losing yourself in the big screen.

Last week my husband and I (on one of the rare occasions that our days off coincided) decided to go and see ‘The Joker.’ You may or may not be aware of the hype that this film has created. There are so many competing and compelling reviews portraying an emotional reaction to the content and the character of the film. The Joker has moved people. It moved me and I for one cannot get it out of my mind.

This is definitely not a review (nor do I want to spoil it for anyone who may like to see the film themselves) however I would like to share my own reflections, days after watching the film.

One critique I came across described the joker as a character that ‘embodies darkness’. As the audience, we witness a slow and painful descent into sheer madness until there is nothing left but rage, violence and hate for the world. It is a very dark, disturbing and upsetting narrative and yet not one I imagine that is too dissimilar to many people in society across the UK and beyond.

I am forced to contemplate that there are too many people in darkness and in pain; feeling lost and forgotten. Know that the Lord has not forgotten you. He is the light that will lead you out of the darkness and into a brighter future. We are not destined to perish nor suffer. I am reminded of some words from John’s gospel: ‘For this is how God loved the world:  He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16-17).

Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction.

Megan Tillbrook, Children and Young People Development Practitioner (CYPDP)

Joker – Unsplash
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