On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.
Robert De Niro stars as Travis Bickle in this oppressive psychodrama about a Vietnam veteran who rebels against the decadence and immorality of big city life in New York while working the nightshift as a taxi driver.
I find it strange that this movie is so popular. I see 'bros' quoting it and they always have this next to Goodfellas and The Sopranos and Entourage in their collection of movies. I think a lot of people like it for the wrong reasons. They like the violence and the guns and DENIRO. But for me this is the quintessential art house film. It's ambiguous in it's meaning, it has no plot, it's main character has a lot of mental issues, it's meandering. And all of the characters in this movie, save for the Presidential campaign's employees are completely fucked up. But maybe I'm not giving these 'bros' enough credit. Maybe they feel just as lonely as Travis Bickle…
Without a doubt, Taxi Driver is one of the finest character studies in all of american cinema and will always will be. That's coming from a person who just saw it for the first time. The film doesn't really have a plot, when you think about it. We just follow Travis Bickle, the psychopathic taxi driver who doesn't seem to have anything to live for in the world. He's just going through the motions. In reality, we shouldn't really like or care for this guy, but yet we do. I cared for everything that was happening to him and that really surprised me.
A young Robert De Niro is fantastic in the lead role,…
I rewatched Taxi Driver for the first time in years a couple nights ago. Let me tell you, before I get into it and go on writing my first review ever, that my opinion on the film has changed substantially.
I use to consider Taxi Driver as just alright. I didn't understand all the enormous praise or hype behind this film. The few times I saw the movie, I never felt like it clicked with me. I guess I didn't look past the surface and saw it in a more superficial and simple light, as just some dark and gritty drama about a deranged taxi driver(which it is, to an extent). After this last viewing though, I have no doubt…
"You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. . . . "
Unbelievable in absolutely every way, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver is a truly stunning piece of cinema and history. No film that I've ever seen manages to so perfectly showcase urban decay and human alienation the way it's done here.
Taxi Driver plays out almost like a novel. It can feel very episodic at times yet it never once losses any of it's momentum. Scorsese uses suspense in a slow-burn kind of way. Building it very slowly but surely. Then releasing, with intensity like I've never seen before. Without comparing one master to another,…
If I ever had any doubts about Taxi Driver being one of if not the best character study ever put on film this re-watch certainly perished them. It's hard to really review something like this and still sound fresh as it's one of those movies everyone just knows is an absolute masterpiece in every regard. It helped put two incredibly important Hollywood figures in the spotlight. Martin Scorsese, despite some rough years in the 00's is by far one of the most interesting directors of the US and his filmography is by far the most impressive. With this and Raging Bull he has made two of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, both of which regularly appearing on…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film 12 of Daryl's December Challenge.
Taxi Driver is without a doubt one of the most powerful films of all time. More importantly than that though, it's also one of the best.
It's as gritty and realistic as few movies would dare to be, yet it has an abundance of cinematic flair that few movies can dare to dream of.
Taxi driver is the perfect showcase for the talents of Robert De Niro. He turned Travis Bickle into one of the great characters. De Niro makes him complex and intriguing, never letting him settle on one level. In the end we almost cheer for him.
Taxi Driver is further proof that the Seventies was Hollywood's greatest decade, and Taxi Driver,…
Travis Bickle, you son of a bitch.
Striking and memorable film. A classic.
This film is great. Really enjoy the plot and the performance from Robert de Niro. I like the setting of New York and how de Niro's character is so at odds with it. The ending is pretty crazy and haunting. Overall, a classic.
A great journey into, then back out of, insanity.
Film #1 of 30 Amazing Movies
Like many other great films, ''Taxi Driver'' is another film whose greatness can't be explained in a few words. This, certainly, will not be one of my favorite films- but no one can deny it's greatness, it's accomplishment. The disturbing theme of the film is artistically played on screen, so engrossing and a wonder to look at.
Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), a Vietnam War veteran, has insomnia. To spend his night, he takes a job, driving a taxi during night. Life may seem smooth, but inside Travis, there is a desire to clean the social indiscipline of the city: to make it a clean city with peace and sanity. But his desire is…
Quentin Tarantino once described Taxi Driver as "the greatest first person character study" in movie history. He's not wrong. Fittingly emerging from a haze of smoke in the opening scene, Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle is one of cinema's most complex and contradictory anti-heroes.
A 26 year old Vietnam veteran, Bickle has returned from war to find an America that hasn't delivered on the promises of the '60s movement. New York is now a dark, depraved world that he sees (and we in turn see) as an alien planet; a place lit like a brothel in sordid neon shades of red, green and blue.
Bickle is incredibly lonely in this world, and he becomes increasingly so when he takes the…
Travis Bickle fascinates me more than any other character depicted on screen. With the masterful direction of Scorsese, De Niro perfectly walks the line between hero and monster, leaving so much for the audience to wrestle with on their own opinions and prejudices. This is a perfect example of 70s filmmaking, that lays out the story for you to interpret, unflinching and dirty.