Surrealism at its finest.
Ryan Gosling is great. The cinematography is great. A lot of things are great about this movie. The opening scene grabbed me, and so did the other similar scenes of Armstrong’s test flights. Even though we know the history, it didn’t change the fact that the whole cinema mesmerised itself in the intensity of these scenes.
After initially rating the film a solid five, I took a step back and thought to myself, “if I’m going to be harsh and…
“Are you talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.”
The character Travis Bickle exists with only one purpose - finding someone to share his time with, and to break his tormenting cycle of isolation. He is lonely, alienated and sees social interaction only from behind the wheel of his cab, an interaction he doesn’t participate in.
Each of Travis’ attempts to subdue a hapless lifestyle ends up with a series of more failures. Taking a girl on a…