Dating to relating book review
One interrelated pair of meanings emerged soon after the attack. Roosevelt used the bombing to invoke an “infamy framework” to rally public approval for swift punishment of those guilty of “treachery,” while the president’s critics just as quickly pointed to the inevitable consequences of a lack of military preparedness.
In time, Cold Warriors blended both notions to use Pearl Harbor to push for a strong national defense that might forestall potential Communist treachery.
That he’s found a fresh take on a character as well worn as the Joker is one thing – that it feels just as definitive, in its own way, as Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s indelible interpretations is another altogether.
Physically and psychologically, it’s a horrifyingly funny performance.
We’re introduced to Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) applying make-up in preparation for his day job as a clown-for-hire, his face contorted into a horrific half-smile, half-cry grimace – the result of a neurological condition that causes involuntary, pathological laughter.Finally, rightly or not, the iconic imagery of Pearl Harbor shows signs of becoming symbolically connected to that of September 11.