Posted on 6/29/12 06:36 AM
I'm doing this review of Taxi Driver just so i can say how much i adore martin scorsese's work on how a man finds his environment so disgusting and feels that he has to be part of it . Travis Bickle, a veteran of the Vietnam war, is a taxi driver, working on a night shift. Travis is an introvert, a loner, and he doesn't seem to fit with his fellow drivers during conversations. He feels sore about New York's situation. He says it needs cleaning. Later he finds this gorgeous lady working as a volunteer for the running president and likes her. He takes her to a porn movie. He gets rejected. He feels bad and grows more restless about his place. He develops this fascination on saving a girl that is working as a prostitute. He gradually develops this feeling of hatred about everything that makes New york dirty and unclean. And then, after a fail attempt to assassinate the running president, he proceeds to the girl's pimp's place and kills everyone he sees fitted to be killed. He later on becomes a hero figure for fighting illegal business and might have a second chance on his girl.
The film's depiction of Travis situation and his alienation is the central core of the plot. Scene to scene, we see Travis' increasing irritation on society's problems as he sees it. Travis is different, he doesn't know anything about making casual conversations. But he's clever, he just thinks differently. As the ending approaches, we slowly find our antihero become some guy who wants some changes and willing to make it his own way. He then kills. Bloody ending.
Martin Scorsese's direction gives Taxi Driver's its power as a film. He made us see everything through Travis' eyes so as we can be as close to Travis as possible. We can feel his anger, frustrations, his alienation. As for De Niro's acting, there's nothing more to say, he's an acting god. Everything on this film, screenplay, cinematography, direction, acting etc., made it feel intense, involving, and quite personal. It's hard to find someone who's a serious film goer who can say that this is not a good movie. This can't get any better.