this list could also be titled 'The Pissbaby'
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 Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone.
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.
The most frightening thing about Jake LaMotta isn’t his rage. It’s that look in his eyes when he’s caught onto something, when he thinks he has somebody cornered. He latches on to a sentence, or a phrase, and then he repeats it over and over until it starts to take on a different meaning for everybody in the room. He makes himself believe things that aren’t true, perhaps because he wants these things to be true, because he wants to punish himself. But why?
"You ever think of anybody else when we're in bed?"
Raging Bull explores the classic Madonna-whore complex: a man falls in love with a woman, and as soon as he touches her, he realizes that other…
I thought LaMotta was gonna unzip his pants at the end and pull out a giant fake cock.
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.
"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…
I always love a Marty movie, and what I really like is that it actually had a reason to be in black and white. (Because when boxing was cool, all tv was in black and white, and he wanted it to look accurate.)
And, I mean, it was a typical masculine movie, but I like the 40′s, and I like Marty, but it had about 1% too much Slice-Of-Life for me. I’m not a fan of slice of life. So I only didn’t like the last… ten minutes.
let this bull rage
Raging bull is Martin Scorcese's intense biography of a boxer's rise and fall shot in black and white. I have to agree with my friend who told me that Robert Di Niro's acting as the world middle weight champion, Jake La Motta, is his best.
If there is a criticism, it is that the movie is very tight around the story of Jake. Its single minded devotion with La Motta outplays everything else. There is a bit of a wider context when the boxing scenes, the clubs, the roads and the cars are shown. However, it feels like it is just setting the scene for the story of La Matta.
This one is definitely a movie to watch for a good character study. The audio commentary by the Scorcese on the DVD is also pretty interesting (not that I listened to the entire thing).
I love Scorsese. I love De Niro. I love Pesci. Maybe it was the hype, but I was not really feeling this movie. I don't know what it was, but I struggled get into it. It wasn't a BAD movie, but very disappointing.
Scorsese really does love himself some moral decline, doesn’t he? De Niro and Pesci are both really good, but the story doesn’t capture me to the same extent as Goodfellas or The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s well directed and not without moments of poignancy, but all in all a bit too plodding.
This was really well-made I guess but also can I just say: I saw this in a theater and there was this grown-ass man who was literally laughing every time Jake abused his wife like.....if that doesn't encapsulate everything I hate about basic men who whip their dicks out for Scorsese then I don't know what will.
I'm really trying struggling to understand why we are still making boxing movies when this exists. It encapsulates everything that Scorsese does so well and so much better than everyone else. De Niro is at the top of his form. I'll take this over Taxi Driver and Goodfellas anyday.
RAGING BULL IS A MASTERPIECE
Seen in 35mm at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica.
I got 2 tickets while in the theater for this movie, please Venmo 100$ I'm unemployed
Watching both this and Inside Llewyn Davis within the same two days. Some would think I'm trying to depress myself.
I remember being about 9 years old and hearing someone at my church call this one of the best films ever. I then went up to my dad and asked if I could see it. You may not believe this, but he said no. A 9 year old not being able to watch this. Outrageous. (That's sarcasm, obviously)
Now, the actual review:
This film is a complete and utter masterpiece. I could go on for ages about how dang close to perfection this film is.
Robert De Niro is no where to be seen in this film. He was Jake…