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…
Masterfully directed, perfectly written, immaculately choreographed, but emotionally vacant: I prefer Hugo.
Two hours of Italian guys beating their wives.
I watched this a million years ago, and so figured it was time to give it another whirl. It looks amazing, features one of the best performances of all time, and wallows in the stunted perspective of a thug who doesn't know how to be anything else.
De Niro has a rare gift for taking a loathsome character and finding that kernel of vulnerability and humanity, that small anchor that allows you to find some shred of pity or hope for the character he plays. Be it his irrational jealousy, his complete lack of social graces, or his sad attempts at becoming a performer when he's finished with the ring, his Jake La Motta is an awful human being, but a human being nonetheless. He is never a caricature, and he plumbs the depths to find something that is beyond simple talent...De Niro transcends and creates fully rounded people.
Scorsese and De Niro at their finest, Raging Bull illustrates the life of a man who's life is dominated by violence and fame; and culminates into a near perfect film.
Happy Birthday, Martin Scorsese! Thanks for directing my favorite film of all-time.
Happy Birthday, Marty!
What always gets me about this movie is how it might be his most personal film to date, yet he never had any interest in sports. It's a "sports" movie, but certainly more about character and story. A little busy at the moment -- can't write an in-depth review -- but it's certainly one of his best and I couldn't help but watch something from the master for his 72nd birthday.
Joe Pesci deserves every bit as much love as De Niro does for this. Incredibly nuanced stuff from him.
Canonized though often misunderstood. One of the richest, most rewarding films in cinematic history.
People often praise it for its technical achievements, but they miss the point when they say they don't like the movie because they hate the protagonist. We have to hate him to relate to him; it's a film about a man who hates himself. He seeks punishment in the ring for his misconduct in life, a common theme for Catholic Scorsese. When he's too old and fat to do that, he beats his head and fists against a prison wall. He's an animal struggling to break out of his brutishness and be human, something everyone wrestles with on some level.
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