I honestly don’t know how I feel about this.

There’s a lot here I like. Joaquin Phoenix looks like he’s leaving it all on the floor. I like the gritty texture that Todd Phillips is throwing down. Hell, I even dig that they used the Jimmy Durante cover of SMILE in spite of the fact that if it was any more on the nose, it would break it.
But Goddamnit, it all just feels so damn Edgelordy! “Oh, look. Belegured White Guy being pushed too far and becomes a screaming villain.”
And depending on how the final film breaks, it is either the best time for that kind of take or the worst.
(Quick question. Does extreme ambivalence count as a hot take?)
I’m still pulling for it because Phoenix is due for a big payday and that alone has me pulling for it.
But…you know…still.