Just finished watching this movie and had to fish for some thoughts from my fellow
I felt it was one of the more salient and realistic depictions of a mental illness in recent mainstream films. We have the "unreliable narrator" aspect, the obligatory chain-smoking, motor stereotypies, and limited social services. I've never seen the pseudobulbar pathologic laughter but I'm sure some psychiatrists can chime in. Jaoquin Phoenix absolutely nailed it.
I do have to pick a bone with the medical records scene – ain't no one keeping paper records longer than 10 years! Also Arthur was reportedly on 7 medications. I'm presuming this was occuring in the 70s? Considering what was available at the time that must have been an awful regimen.
Anyways, overall I enjoyed the film, and figured I'd get some spicy takes from you all.
Addendum: Whoops, guess it's just my awful EMR and health system that doesn't keep records that long.
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