Watching LAKE MUNGO took me through the five stages of grief.
Where every single stage was sheer unfathomable horror.
It's hard to believe Todd Phillips knew how to handle the juggernaut that is Joaquin Phoenix's JOKER.
Half inspired, half impersonation, it's no secret Philips drew from the masterworks of Scorsese. Even having De Niro himself sitting opposite Phoenix - it's as if Travis Bickle was confronting his equal in Arthur Fleck, offering a reflection on 1970s and 2020s America.
But regardless of how accurate this take, it's one of many narratives that I felt Philips struggled to completely land. Though the ambition, presentation and downright staggering performance from Phoenix will leave me conflicted for some time.