Raging Bull Reviews
It is a biopic of former middleweight boxer Jake La Motta.
Based in the late 1940s era it is mainly shot in a grimy black and white image of films of the era.
I will be honest it took me a while to adapt to the celluloid atmosphere of the film but the acting of De Niro as the La Motta character was mesmerising.
He is like a time bomb ready to explode with paranoia at any time. Usually directed at those closest to him including his long suffering wife and brother played by Joe Pesci with a career best performance.
Unlike your average boxing film La Motta is no hero.
He wins the World Championship at middleweight roughly halfway through the film and goes on a downward spiral.
The viewer sees the descent from the pinnacle of his career to pawning his belt to try and raise funds to defend himself against a police charge.
He is seen aging badly. A mangled, overweight sight doing terrible acts in clubs to raise money.
The fight scenes themselves are very bloody and feature lots of splatter but I would say Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby has more brutal fight choreography.
Not your average three hour epic from director Martin Scorsese this film is just over two hours.
De Niro absolutely captivated me with his performance as LaMotta. It's very unfortunate how his life ended up, being that he was such a talented and great fighter.
Great movie overall with terrifyingly realistic performances from all the actors especially DeNiro.
It is hard to say what exactly this film is "about". The narrative plot is straightforward enough, it follows the life of a 1940-50s boxer. The movie also explores many of the complex issues of violence against women and the psychological destruction of a man who cannot accept or understand intimacy. The real magic is that these issues are expressed through the warped psychological outbursts of De Niro's character. Everyone around LaMotto can see his problem, his unhealthy obsession and suspicion but he cannot help himself. The film finds its expression through the emotional immaturity of the lead character.
LaMotto cannot introspectively evaluate his emotions. His thought process is endlessly fascinating to watch as he warps any act of kindness or love into betrayal and distance. He lacks the emotional maturity or awareness to communicate his frustrations to words. The audience simply watches as any small act or suspicion is a window for him to confirm what he wants most of all, confirmation that his partner is unfaithful and by extension he is, himself, unworthy. His hate is a profound one, not a hate of others or what he attacks, but a hatred of himself. Everyone around him senses it but LaMotto simply cannot.
The film delivers the signature eye for detail that made Scorsese famous. The boxing fight scenes are brilliant and brutal. The supporting cast is also excellent.
Raging Bull, is an extraordinary film and biography on the life of the great boxing champion Jake LaMotta, carried out masterfully by the brilliant Martin Scorsese. In this incredible film about the life of this great American boxer of Italian origin nicknamed "the bull of the Bronx". He came from a modest background and reached the heights thanks to mythical fights, notably against Sugar Ray Robinson and Marcel Cerdan, who will lead him to the title of world middleweight champion. But then he knows the failure of his private life (divorce, reconversion as manager of nightclub ...).
A magnificent film full of truth and emotion, I remember the incredible effort that Robert De Niro had to make by growing 27 kilos to play the role of Jake LaMotta after his career as a boxer. An exceptional achievement by Martin Scorsese and such an exceptional performance by Robert De Niro. This great biographical film retraces the life of Jake LaMotta. In 1990, American critics chose him as the best film of the decade. It is true that this film is incredibly good.