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Taxi Driver is incredible. Every time I watch it I become more and more engrossed with the story and the acting. One of the rare films that grows more enjoyable after every viewing. The film seems to have been done on a small budget but it's perfect for what the script suggests. Robert De Niro in one of his best roles ever earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, one that he should have won. Martin Scorsese did a fine job not only in directing, but also in selecting the perfect cast. Future stars Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel are just two of the many in the amazing supporting cast. Everything in this film is just right, watch it if you haven't already, or even if you have!
This is my favorite movie, absolutely. I never felt so near to a fictitious character before. Travis Bickle is simply the most charming character of movie history: he's not a hero, he's not intelligent nor good looking, nor tragic in the traditional sense of the term, yet no one before him has entered into possession of the screen with such power and naturalness. It's useless to quote particular scenes in a movie which from the beginning to the end carves its name on the rock of history, proclaiming itself as an absolute masterpiece and Robert De Niro as one of the greatest actors of all times, surely the best of the last 25 years. No other movie has pictured so pregnantly the loneliness of a man and of "the man", and no other movie has showed better what it means to be sensitive in a cold world of lies. In my opinion, the best American film of the last 50 years.
Taxi Driver in my opinion could quite possibly go down as the greatest film of all time. It's wonderful direction by Martin Scorsese and great acting performance by Robert De Niro, and it's music make this film powerful and revlevant. It is very powerful and meaningful for more then one reason, it's take on themes like racism, madness and today's society is classical. This movie is a top 10 of all time in my list.
I rented it again this week and it reminded me why I saw it 4 times the weekend that it was released. Exceptional performances by the cast, exceptional direction wonderful, edgy and creative screenplay, great soundtrack. It is a true original and it catches De Niro, Scorsese, Keitel and Schrader at the top of their games. If I had one movie on a desert island, I would wish it to be this one. I can't wait for the remastered re-release.
After reading many of the reviews for Taxi Driver, I feel I have to make one
What amazes and baffles me about this movie is that basically, Travis Bickle is a murderer. If he would have killed Senator Palatine, then he would have been scum. But since fate has him killing "Scum", pimps and whorehousemen, he becomes a hero. In the eyes of society.
So in the end we are left with the message of it is not why you kill, but who you kill. I am still shocked my the poignancy of this statement whenever I watch this masterpiece.
There is a lot of great acting in this movie. Most of all from Robert
DeNiro, who even managed to make a rather unspectacular line in a
rather unspectacular scene one of the most quotable in cinema. You
talking' to me? I also enjoyed Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel and cute
little Jodie Foster.
However, the acting carries almost all of the weight in this film and doesn't eradicate the many dissonances.
For example, the movie builds much on the "filthiness" and amorality of NYC. The state of the city is exaggerated so much, however, that it is difficult to relate to the characters being affected by it. Also, some of the characters' behaviors seem unrealistic for me. In spite of the long build-up, the ending doesn't seem justified, either.
It's not too bad, but wouldn't recommend it. Only worth a watch if you want to catch up on classic movies, like me.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The movie goes on quite unclear about the main conflict that the main character has to settle. It seems like there is nothing that he is fighting for. This thing went on for almost the entire movie. The finale's result thus comes as a surprise. This lack of clarity and confusion also reflects in the scoring, changing back and forth between being romantic and being mysterious. I see the inspiration of some later works in this movie, which may include Al Pacino's Insomnia, The acting side, on the other hand, is very nice. We get to see Robert DeNiro's totality in plating his character here. Jodie Foster, despite her rather short duration time, manages to give her role a significant meaning. Albert Brooks and Harvey Keitel's presence bring more color to this movie.
Taxi Driver is one of those films that I know everything about and yet,
in reality, know nothing. I thought I'd seen it several times before
and yet, this was the very first time.
In fact, I know so little about this film, I'm pretty sure I'm watching a tale about the day-in-the-life experiences of a taxi driver, including the multiple personalities he picks up along the way. My instincts tell me though that something different, perhaps even bizarre, is going to happen, but I'd be just as content to see De Niro get together with the beautiful blonde and ride off into the sunset, but somehow I know this isn't going to happen.
I imagined something brash and vulgar, but instead it's a superbly laid-back and relaxing experience. The camera work is astonishing too, with such clear lines and easy angles.
Even though I know nothing about this film, I can still perceive its importance. Is it a story about a confused man coming to terms with being a straightforward taxi driver, or a man that's gradually going out of his mind, sliding through the sewer of life?
In case, just like me, you think you've seen this film before but really haven't, I'm telling you - it's an absolutely excellent, rewarding film that casts aside pre-conceptions of backstreet trashiness and replaces them with a newly found respect for mankind, it's that powerful.
A 10/10 viewing experience without any shadow of a doubt.
Robert DeNiro delivered one of the iconic performances of all times.
Travis Bickle has become one of the standard by which all performances
Travis Bickle is a disturbed ex-Marine Vietnam vet. He's suffering from insomnia, and spends his nights driving a cab. He's sexually perverted, and obsessed with Betsy (Cybill Shepherd). On top of it all, he wants to save Iris (Jodie Foster) a 12 year old prostitute.
Martin Scorsese is making a disturbing movie. It can be hard to watch at times. Scorsese uses his camera to maximum effect. As Bickle's mind drift from his co-workers, Scorsese's camera drift into the antacid fizzling in his glass.
The grittiness of '70s NY is all there. Jodie Foster is shocking. Trying to watch Bickle can be a very trying experience. It isn't an easy movie. But it is a masterpiece.
Who said that lonely people could never be totally badasses and be true
heroes?? Well, with that, I meant exactly what this masterpiece by
Martin Scorsese tried and managed to show to the world, and again on
the main stage of most of his films, the city of New York.
In the movie we have the story of Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), a veteran of the Vietnam War who lives in his small apartment in the big apple. Travis has severe sleep problems suffering of insomnia, staying up all night, then he decides to work as a taxi driver. Managing to work day and night and earn a good salary. During his travels he meets and falls in love for the beautiful Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) who works in the presidential campaign of the Senator Charles Palantine (Leonard Harris). Travis becomes obsessed with Betsy, following her to work, to her home and finally one day he finally call her out, but loses the chance of having a relationship when he takes her to watch a porno movie. With the loving disappointment Travis goes crazy and starts trying to take justice into their own hands. He gets this chance when he meets the young prostitute, Iris (Jodie Foster).
Through this simple story and the character Travis, Scorsese and the writer Paul Schrader were able to explore and send a message and critique against the society. What at the beginning seems to be a study of the human condition with the character Travis (which partly is), it is actually a great criticism that Scorsese make against society showing its dirt and evil.
Travis is all part of this critic, a veteran returned form war and working as a taxi driver he gets to know various types of people, moreover working at night. Travis begins to have its own philosophy what is good and evil in the city. The night he seems to see the devil walking through the streets in the bodies of prostitutes and drug dealers, and he sees himself as the renegade hero trying to do justice in some way, trying to send a message, which after several failed attempts. At that point he meets Iris, he finally sees his chance, a poor girl in the middle of all evil suffering at the hands of clients and dirty cowards, Travis then begins to act.
Not only the story is very well written and explored in a brilliant way, while Scorsese through his direction in a large scale gives a realistic and dirty picture of New York society, showing the dirt and lack of respect and kindness (even his appearance in the film as a customer of Travis help it). But to make everything more pretty he also shows several places of the city, all of them connected to the story.
At the level of writing and directing the film is simply fantastic, and the performances are not different. All excellent, Jodie Foster superb as always, as much as she was in "Silence of the Lambs" and most of all her work; Robert De Niro..... PERFECT, embodies his character in an impressive way, while we watch the movie we always forget that is not Travis who is driving the Taxi and talking to himself to the mirror (with that I mean we forgot that is a movie at all).
A true masterpiece, explores the society in a realistic and obscure way. Thanks to a fantastic writing and direction that created an unforgettable character with superb performances and an ending that makes us open a big smile on our face, "Taxi Driver" has invisible flaws being a true classic of cinema, one more that Scorsese gave us, an unforgettable film and a dark and fun experience.
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