I don't care about the controversy but Joker is 1000% self indulgent "give me an oscar because I'm weird" crap. I couldn't stop laughing at how bad Joaquin Phoenix was. Never thought I'd say it, but Jared Leto was better. At least he had more crime interaction and did Jokery things. This was a big baby dancing and crying for 2 hours. I couldn't believe it. The plot is also paper thin and is mostly lifted from better movies.
Movie attempts to have social commentary about mental health yadda yadda and fails miserably. It's like it was written by a high schooler who just learned what psychology is and has seen Glass too many times.
Currently the film is being over praised as "brilliant" and it's simply not. The only brilliant person on set was the director of photography, because it is an excellent looking movie.
I wanted this movie to be good but it's literally just Joaquin Phoenix prancing like an idiot and being sad. It's not even that violent or visceral. I'll never watch another Joaquin Phoenix movie, I've had enough of him with this.