“You talkin’ to me?” asked Travis Bickle.
Back to 1976, you can finally witness the wonders: Brian de Palma’s creepier Carrie, Solaris, The classic cult Omen, and Oscar-winning Rocky. Yet, I finally found the real gem of the year, Martin Scorsese’s most visceral piece, Taxi Driver.
I never thought that a movie about a New York cabbie could present this profoundly deep character study of a sociopath with unpredictable motive and latent violence. It was all manifested in an insomniac ex-Marine, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), who roamed around the late night of New York city, bathed with the neon lights, and loathed the city’s filthiest scum as a taxi driver. Travis wasn’t a menace; he just never knew how to connect to people and he got enough of it. He’s ambiguous, but isn’t that what makes things worse?
Martin Scorsese was in his finest year—crafting the finest satire to humanity through a story full of bizarre maze written by Paul Schrader and highlighting Robert de Niro’s multifaceted performance with touches of violence. Yet, the best part of it was: how Taxi Driver drove us through someone’s dazzled mind while the man himself doubting his sanity. It’s a groundbreaking storytelling in cinema, which unfortunately haven’t occurred twice until now.
What I like most from Taxi Driver:
- Robert De Niro’s amazing—how he talked, how he dressed, even his hairstyle was amazing. Travis Bickle is his most iconic role ever.
- The narrative, crafted by Paul Schrader based on his personal reflection, was a labyrinth full of mesmerizing things. I always perceived that it’s a sketch of Travis Bickle’s mind.
- The film goes mostly silent. Yet, the ‘cheap jazzy night’ music score composed by the late Bernard Herrmann is out of everything super excellent. Every repeated tunes escalated the journey in the midst of NY night with all the scums.
- The semi-documenter cinematography along with graphic violence and the bird-view camera during the climax scene: Marvellous.
- “You talkin’ to me?” scene was awesome—it’s fun and deep.
- Martin Scorsese’s cameo! I never thought he’d been that young.
- Young Jodie Foster.
What I do not like:
- The blood seemed fake during the climactic scene. That’s all.
Martin Scorsese’s at his finest hour with his visceral direction in Taxi Driver. It’s a profound character study of a man who questions his sanity and the whole movie just explores it correctly.
Taxi Driver (1976)
Crime, Drama Directed by: Martin Scorsese Written by: Paul Schrader Starred by: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel Running Time: 113 mins Rated R