Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
Martin Scorsese's films very often take on the body, mind and soul of their leads, which make them that much more fascinating. When that lead is spiraling into madness, the film becomes this for us to unravel; when they're cocky and banal, the film is this; when they're lusting for a continuation of a thrill when it's gone far wrong, the film is this bordering depletion of fun. For Raging Bull, self-destruction has rarely been this hard to take on screen, but this hard to turn away from at the same time.
The film is inside the mind of Jake LaMotta and loathing it, just as he loathes himself. The misogyny, brutality, jealousy, distorted self-imagery, carelessness and behind it all,…
"Raging Bull" is a cinematic art at it's highest form, a tone poem, a character study, and a biography all flawlessly rolled into majestic package.
Throughout the entire film the acting is simply impeccable, De Niro and Pesci are both stunning. The fight scenes are famous for their brutal realism and it's easy to see why. Scorsese puts you right in the ring with the fighters and you can't help but admire their technical brilliance.
"Raging Bull" is a masterpiece and definitely a cinematic gem in black and white.
While many claim this is Martin Scorsese best film I must respectfully disagree! I see it more as the primordial ooze from which all of Scorsese's films draw their first breath! His artistic seminal gene pool if you will!
A difficult film to rank as it deals with a very flawed real life character whom has no redeeming qualities! The strengths of the film revolve around the brutally realistic fight scenes! And what I consider to be Robert De Niro's role of a lifetime! All of which pales in comparison to Scorsese's directorial expertise!
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Kind of overrated if you ask me. Great performance from De Niro though. I just didn't find it that interesting or engaging. It was good, but one of the best movies of all time? I think not.
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.…
"The thing ain't the ring, it's the play. So give me a... stage where this bull here can rage and though I could fight I'd much rather recite... that's entertainment."
In 1976 Martin Scorsese teamed up with Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader to deliver what in my opinion is one of his best films: Taxi Driver. That year that complex character study lost out on the Oscar to Stallone's Rocky. So what does Scorsese do next? He directs a real boxing movie with another memorable and complex character played by Robert De Niro making Rocky look like a cartoon character. Don't get me wrong, I loved Rocky, but Jake La Motta is a character that feels much more…
Enough has been said already about this one...
But I've got to say two things:
1) I'm no wife-beater apologist, but from the looks of it, she did overcook that steak and if you like your steak well done, then you really should switch to chicken. Just sayin'...
2) Holy shit, does 1980's Joe Pesci look like 2014's Jonah Hill. Especially with that attenuated jewfro, or whatever it was he kept on his head.
That is all.
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorcese deliver nothing short of outstanding work, in this unflinching portrayal of Jake La Motta, a boxer full of sexual jealousy and brutality. Seriously, wow on De Niros performance, Paul Schraders script and Scorcese's direction.
De Niro and Scorsese were both young bucks in the 80s. The 70s just ended and this one is in black & white. I’d seen it before many years ago and it didn’t leave much of an impression but a friend gave me the movie 2 years ago and it’s been sitting on my computer all that time. It’s a snowy day; a good day to stay inside so I thought I’d watch it. Wow, this movie was so much better the 2nd time. This is a classic. It gets a 9 outta 10. It totally reminded me of Scorsese’s Casino. So, much of the movie is about a fucked up marriage. It also reminded me of Once Were Warriors for…
Jake LaMotta might have been a middleweight, but theres no question this is one heavyweight picture. I'm just gonna throw some pros and a few cons out there. First of all, this may very well be Joe Pesci's movie. His nervousness, his physicality, blows all of DeNiro's crosses and jabs out of the water. The camerawork is another thing of beauty. Still cameras, beautifully, classically framed shots. Gorgeous and yet unnevering. There were more than a few times when I was reminded of a straight up thriller. The score never gets in the way, which I appreciate. It could easily have been taken over the top in the wrong hands. Overall the sound of the movie is great. Real quiet,…
8/10: I got so frustrated watching The Fighter (2010), that I immediately watch this, and am blown away. A classic. De Niro deserved his Oscar for Best Actor, his acting and especially with the weight he gained for the role, my hats off. Got a shock of my life, when I see De Niro as a fatso. One of Scorsese's best!
1980's Raging Bull Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It Just Came Out 34 Years Ago Back In 1980.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Another knockout for Marty!
( please someone take the internet away from me)
I like to think of this as the boxing picture Barton Fink always wanted to make.
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