An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
When I was about ten minutes into Raging Bull I knew it would take its place among my favorite movies. Martin Scorsese, with his life nearly in shambles, went kamikaze on every aspect of the production and came out triumphant, winning high acclaim, breaking even at the box office and earning two academy awards. It would eventually be seen as the greatest movie of the 1980's, including by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Paul Schrader's and Mardik Martin's (with some rewrites done by Scoresese and De Niro) screenplay about rage, sexual jealousy and ultimate redemption is like a modern day Othello, and the film features sublime performances, surrealistic and dreamlike imagery, quotable dialogue ("Your mother sucks fucking big fucking elephant…
I think for everyone there is a movie that seems to elude them. For me it was Scorsese's Raging Bull. I know, I know. Some of you are probably already shaking your heads. I absolutely LOVE Scorsese. I think he does great things for cinema and for Hollywood as well. His movies are highly accessible and (for the most part) profitable, but they offer up lots of great stuff for cinephiles and film critics to eat up. If you ask any film fanatic today what movies and or directors got them into film, I'm sure Scorsese's name pops up on the list. But all of this does not excuse the fact that I waited so long to see this movie.…
Something I've always had trouble with is when an actor you admire and love plays a character so loathsome and self-destructive that you find it hard to differentiate the two. Robert De Niro's portrayal of boxing legend Jake LaMotta is so immersive he IS LaMotta. You can see the outline of De Niro there but he is so detached and focused you'd expect a belt in the mouth for looking at Vikki. This is where the De Niro factor really takes control.
Martin Scorsese had just released "New York, New York" to mixed reviews when good friend De Niro approached him about a LaMotta biopic. Originally apprehensive, it would take six years from idea to screen as Scorsese himself battled…
Raging Bull is probably Scorsese's most draining and painful film. The impending doom is hinted at numerous times, delivered in bursts of physical and mental violence, similar to the punches De Niro takes in the ring, the film gnaws at the audience. It becomes clear early on that no one is going to get out of it lightly, making the slow descent into the inevitable catastrophe all the more unbearable. Shot with a certain intimacy, Scorsese really manages to transport the viewer into what is happening. The brutal fights and the countless shots of the protagonist taking blows to his face, sometimes resulting in open wounds with blood gushing out like a fountain, mirror the drama surrounding LaMotta's personal life.…
Jake: "You didn't get me down, Ray."
Raging Bull tells a very unique and interesting tale: a boxer with anger problems (a real life boxer, mind you). The film really shows off DeNiro's talent and he can portray an angry boxer pretty damn well (not that I would know how an angry boxer is suppose to be like). There are some great scenes in the film where DeNiro gives it his all (the wall punching scene) that show just how destructive he can be as LaMotta. The film is also great to look at and almost every single frame feels picture worthy. Raging Bull is a pretty great film. DeNiro's portrayal of LaMotta is astounding though not as compelling as I was hoping it would be (I guess I'm not an angry person). I'm hoping to revisit it sometime in the future to see if my rating will change but, for now, I'll leave it at that.
Near perfect, I cannot think of a better directed film (except maybe The Godfather).
I will probably spend the rest of my life trying to decide which is better, this or Taxi Driver.
Not gonna lie, I thought this was going to be a mere 3 stars in my book for the first 90 minutes or so. It just felt like a bunch of scenes of Robert De Niro being a boxing yandere that just left something to be desired - granted, I might've been letting huge amounts of hype affect my judgment.
Things pick up at the end. To anyone who has seen this already, you know that's a definite understatement. The ending scenes are just brilliance, and De Niro seals the friggin' deal.
Great soundtrack, great acting, good dialogue, great payoff. The clash between the '40s-'50s film style and the cuss-fest dialogue is unique and fun.
Also, the "bull" sound effects and general sound editing in the fighting scenes (and even in the end credits) is just downright creepy. I mean... jeez.
I finally got around to seeing this...
...Thank the lord for Scorsese. And De Niro. And Scorsese again.
Phwoar. Jake La Motta is the type of person you'd love to punch in the face but unfortunately he can take them pretty well.
A spectacular and moving tragedy. Simple and beautiful.
Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' is the greatest film ever made in my opinion.
It's the film that solidified my dream of making films. That film is really an art.
It is also the first film that I ever wrote a thoughtful review of (way back in high school.)
Such a great film.
Hard to rate this film. Not very enjoyable, quite confusing however the cinematography and editing was good.
Turns Out Scorsese Doesn't Like This Kind of Movie, Either
I'm not saying it isn't a truly great movie. I'm saying I don't like boxing movies. Sports movies much in general. Graham and I have just looked over our entire collection, and there was a lot of "Oh, that's yours" and "that barely counts." It turns out I own four--one was a gift from a friend who gives me terrible movies for Christmas. One is a comedy that happens to involve baseball (actually, so's the terrible one). One is a drama about the Black Sox scandal. And one is about curling and therefore barely, as we said, counts. I have in fact been steadfastly refusing to watch new fighting movies,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.