Thoroughly enjoyed it, though the "brilliant" takes were a little much for me. Phoenix was probably the best casting choice for the role, but my one issue with his take on the character was that they took the entire mental illness aspect of him to a level that made him look too much like a complete buffoon at times. Yeah, the joker is supposed to be broken/insane, but there's still a calculated evil to his personality, and that seemed entirely absent even at the end scene where he just ends up kind of stumbling into his unintended goal(s). But I suppose the movie is more an homage to Ledger's joker than it is an actual film in the Batman universe (which given DC's recent track record, is completely fine by me). Soundtrack was wonderful and fitting. And if anything there were so many scenes that just made you feel so uncomfortable which is a testemant to Phoneix's trademark acting style.