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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,…
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.…
"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.
Every aspect of this movie is great.
Writing, directing, acting, editing, cinematography, etc.
It's all fucking fantastic. One of the Scorsese's best films...
If not his best! Truly phenomenal stuff.
Maybe even the finest performance of DeNiro's illustrious career.
I honestly can't believe I waited this long to see it. Grave mistake.
This. After Hours. Taxi Driver. Three of the best films of '75 - '85.
PS: the ending of Boogie Nights, another film that I love, is, in my opinion, an obvious homage to the ending of this film... though I'm sure that the comparison has been made many times before.
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…
Oh man, this is a tough one.
Raging Bull is a film which really makes me question my personal film criticism philosophy. I initially disliked this film when I saw it years ago and felt like I should give it a fair shake with a rewatch (much like I did with Chinatown).
Its easy for me to recognize the technical brilliance of this film. The cinematography is outstanding, especially the boxing scenes. De Niro and Pesci both give career performances. And the music is fantastic, even if it doesn't entirely capture the mood of the picture.
And even though I can see all that, damn do I dislike this film. I'm not one of those people who subscribes to the…
Watch as Robert De Niro goes from being a lean middle weight to a fat ass with an eating problem. Kind of like watching Christian Bale's career.
It's funny how in the hands of another director, Raging Bull could have been given the inspirational story treatment. But it's Scorsese we are talking about, so instead we get a story as hard-hitting as the main character. Marty is the master of adapting autobiographical books with brutal honesty. It is, like some of his most popular films, a tale of rise and fall, but this is possibly the most unique. This ain't Goodfellas, Casino and much less The Wolf of Wall Street, instead it is a more quiet and subtle meditation. And while the physical transformation of DeNiro is impressive, it's the investment and commitment to the role that really sticks with you. The stunning B&W cinematography is a knock-out.
A damn great film, and a powerful character study.
Easily one of Scorsese's finest works, while also managing to be one of, if not the, best boxing stories ever committed to film.
I'll be frank, I don't like the film and I don't like the guy. But over the years I have come to respect the former and understand the latter just a bit. I can feel his rage and understand that he has no where but the ring to get it out - and then even the ring is taken away from him. I understand his lost dreams, his hopelessness.
It's a film that gets better with age - not the film's, the viewers.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I still remember the first time I watched Raging Bull. This was the film that first helped me realise that not all actors were created equally. No performance has ever affected me as much as DeNiro does here. One of the finest examples of acting ever filmed in one of the greatest movies of all time.
I don't know what's more shocking...the fact that it has taken me 34 years to watch this film (ok, admittedly I wouldn't have been allowed to watch this when I was 3 years old!!!) or the fact that I am giving this film 4 stars out of 5, looking at the other reviews of this film over the last 3 decades.
It doesn't matter which way you cut & slice it, this is a Martin Scorsese classic! It really is. But like my 4 star rating of Jean-Marc Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club" it is quite uncomfortable viewing. That's not always a bad thing & in this instance it is by no means a criticism. But this is a character study of a…
I attempted to watch Scorsese's 1980 classic about five years ago and I don't think I made it more than 20 minutes before I had to turn it off because it was too upsetting and seemed hateful. Watching it now, in full for the first time, I see it as a portrait of deep insecurity and how a man fights his own self-doubt with jealousy, rage, and perverted displays of masculinity. It's a brutal journey.
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