I enjoyed every stylistic choice, but there were too many plot discrepancies and there was no real reason for it to be a DC film. If you take out every reference to the Wayne family and just let Joker be the Taxi Driver/King of Comedy remake that it so wants to be, the film would be so much better. Phoenix is amazing and I loved how it explored contemporary issues through the extreme lens of a super-villain. The pacing was too stop-start and they relied too much on cringe value, but if you can survive that, Joker has a few things to say. I wasn't impressed with De Niro (honestly, I have never been) and I wish the ending was more grand.