Robert De Niro is on form as he plays a Taxi Driver who slowly loses his sanity as he falls into becoming a vigilante
5 months ago
This is my number 1 favourite film of all time. You're about to find out why. If you haven't seen this film, go watch it now.
First of all the setting of this film is absolutely incredible. The task of directing a film with these kind of subject matters in new York in the 70's is immense. Martin scorseses did this with absolute finesse and style, making one of the best films if all time.
The plot of the film is very heavy and deep. You can understand why it is rated an 18 probably just from the child prostitution theme alone. You have the first half, focusing on Betty, the second half focusing on iris. And the final installment of the film is a combination of both aspects, tying up both ends with a satisfying ending.
The acting in this film is immense and its best to know the context of it. Robert de Niro being a method actor at the time would do a full shift as a taxi driver in New York before shooting and then would go to Italy to shoot another film he was doing at the time. That concept alone could be a film in itself.
The film portrays new york in the 70s perfectly. It shows the perspective of a man in New York who has just come out of the Vietnam war. He notices the scum, the smackheads, the screwheads, the prostitutes, the criminals. In a way, Travis is a perfect resemblance of all of those things. Some of them personally and in relations to others.
The score of the film is perfect. The leitmotif of Betty being a smooth, jazzy part of the theme, while some of the iconic taxi/ Travis shots have a loud, deep, menacing chord progression with a brass orchestra. These musical elements really help with the strong atmosphere of the film.
Everyone should watch this film. Its a very interesting perception of new york told through the eyes of a socialistic but sociopathic, evidently affected man. Watch this - 10/10
5 months ago
On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.
One of the greatest enduring films of the 1970s is undoubtedly director Martin Scorsese’s towering crime drama Taxi Driver (1976). Some would argue (with great determination and strong evidence) that this film is one of the best films ever made. I would agree With excellent actors, a great director, a magnificent soundtrack, and a real story being the main appeals of it, it is arguably THE film that made both Scorsese and Robert De Niro (the film’s star and main character who plays an ordinary, as the title suggests, Manhattan night taxi driver named Travis Bickle who transforms into a gun-equipped beast in chilling fashion) household names in the film and entertainment industries. De Niro, by the way, is strong in this role, making him stand out as one at an early stage in his then soon-to-be legendary film career, and bringing the script of Paul Schrader to life magnificently. To give this film and the performances in it some adjectives: it is unsettling, strong, extremely relevant (especially for the time, and even in today’s day-in-age), and a film of great social and cinematic importance. Its cinematic importance? Well, aside from De Niro’s now iconic self-threatening mirror monologue (“you talking’ to me?”), the film was a big hit when it was released in 1976 for the public and film critics alike. It (like many other films I’ve reviewed) was and still is also a source of inspiration for many a filmmaker, especially Quentin Tarantino, who would come to use such violence and chilling factors in a lot, if not almost all of his movies. The film is also one of loneliness. One that makes one feel trapped inside the alienated mind of Travis, hoping for some good to come along in his life. Does he find some good? Well, I’ll leave that for you to decide if and when you watch (which I HIGHLY recommend you do) Taxi Driver, a marvelously shot, acted, scripted, and produced Martin Scorsese classic that stands head and shoulders with the greatest films of the 70s, the 20th century, and cinematic history.
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Am I dumb or did I just watched one of the most ambiguous yet surprisingly good movie of all time?
You talking to me