Lonely AntiHero: The Joker and the Taxi Driver

Pisces and Aries Sun Sign depiction in movies

“My loneliness is not. By the presence or absence of people; On the contrary, I hate who steals my loneliness, Without, in exchange, offer me a real company”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Taxi Driver (1976)

The human state of loneliness is often seen in an idealised in literature and film. In Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), in which the socially alienated and increasingly frustrated protagonist Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro, works as a taxi driver at night due to his insomnia.

Joker (2019)

The movie is set in 1981 Gotham City, Joker follows the life of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) impoverished, failed and a mentally ill, stand-up comedian who is driven insane. He turns to a life of crime after he is pushed to his limits.

Lonely Aries Antihero

In Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle, it’s not hard to see Aries, the sign well known to be fiercely independent and audacious. True to Aries form, Travis is always sure he’s right and is willing to provide his own justice, even if it’s fueled by that classic flash temper.

It’s still very important for Aries to defend what they think is right and rage against what they think is wrong, even if it only makes sense to them. Since they never do anything without full vigor, it can seem pretty extreme, They do not take rejection well.

Typical Aries personality traits

  • Brave / Reckless
  • Competitive / Insecure
  • Honest / Tactless
  • Go-getter/ Stressed
  • Generous / Too Generous

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Lonely Antihero: Taxi Driver, Joker (Aries, Pisces)

Lonely Pisces Antihero

Arthur lives a mediocre life with his mother, Penny. She worked for Thomas Wayne and thinks the world of him. But, while Penny is sick at home, Arthur is working.

He is a party clown and aspiring stand-up comedian. Arthur Fleck is just trying to make an honest living. However, he has a condition that makes him laugh at inappropriate times. Budget cuts which lead to him unable to afford his medication, and a co-worker named Randall giving him a gun, Arthur becomes Joker.

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Typical Pisces personality traits

  • Sensitive / Emotional
  • Mystical / Weird
  • Romantic / Foolishly Romantic
  • Receptive / Elusive
  • Imaginative / Dreamer

Lonely Antihero: Taxi Driver, Joker (Aries, Pisces)

Lonely Antihero: Taxi Driver, Joker (Aries, Pisces)

While loneliness has no physical manifestations, it can be a pain more harrowing than homelessness, hunger or disease. “The greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, just having no one,” Mother Teresa wrote. Loneliness is the leprosy of the 21st century, eating away at its victims and repelling those who encounter it.

Even though loneliness has a detrimental effect on health equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Only 22% of us have never felt lonely.

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.” — Mandy Hale

Lonely Antihero: Taxi Driver, Joker (Aries, Pisces)

10 thoughts on “Lonely AntiHero: The Joker and the Taxi Driver

  • November 11, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Great review. I agree with everything except the Scorsese quip and that other super hero films are not cinema. Most are popcorn at best indeed but still cinema. I believe Joker said it best to Murray “it’s subjective.” Cheers.

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    • November 16, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Isabella.

      Regards,
      Team mycuriousmoon

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  • November 21, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    As much of a spare modernist as her late collaborator Johann Johannsson, and as boundary-pushing as such female composing compatriots as Mica Levi (“Under the Skin”), perhaps the biggest surprise in these cards is that Gu?nadottir’s “Joker” isn’t quite as crazy as its character. Given a poignantly unhinged theme, the score’s inevitability has yearning, tragic melody that matches the 70’s cinematic grit that Phillips is saluting. If anything “Joker” comes across like a descendant of God’s Lonely Man that Bernard Herrmann scored in “Taxi Driver,” the orchestra of an urban avenger mostly stripped down for his hurt and angst. Gu?nadottir’s percussion is equally striking, coming across as the rumble of what turns into a terrifying subway ride. As an inevitable plunge into comic book movie’s heart of laughing darkness, “Joker” rips any notion of such source material to gleefully nihilistic shreds as Hildur Gu?nadottir paints an Impactfully disturbed portrait of a super villain as a gravely wounded human being, one destined to bring Gotham a world of pain in retribution.

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