Very similar to Darkest Hour. Fantastic central performance. Absolutely brilliant. But in a largely standard directed film.
The opening half cinematography was endless one shots with very little geography. This is Gotham. Let's see it.
The violence is not the hyperbole that's been reported but it graphic at times. However there's one violent scene that isn't shown and its certainly not a stylistic or character driven choice. It's a really bad direction judgment/studio meddling choice that undervalues the developing story.
All said though it's left a small impression and I'd love to see Phoenix reprise the role in the upcoming Batman films.