Joker has proven to be a tremendous hit with IMDb users, as the controversial movie is now among the online database’s highest-rated movies of all time. As of this time, the movie is currently sitting in the No. 9 slot, sitting behind such other classic titles as The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, and the first two Godfather movies. This also marks two separate spots in the top 10 for the Clown Prince of Crime, as The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger as the Joker is currently ranked No. 4.
While this is an awesome ranking to achieve so soon after its premiere, it’s also worth noting that this number could start quickly decreasing if more IMDb users give it lower ratings over the course of its theatrical run and subsequent release on home video.
Directed by Todd Phillips using a screenplay co-written with scott Silver, Joker presents an alternate origin story for Batman’s arch-nemesis. To be clear, the standalone movie has no storyline connection whatsoever to any other movies from Warner Bros. and DC. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a down-on-his-luck clown who dreams of great success as a stand-up comedian.
His constant failures and clear mental illness will instead lead him to become the Joker, complete with the trademark face paint and colorful suit. Starring alongside Phoenix in the hit movie are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Brett Cullen.
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