Raging Bull Reviews
Una obra maestra que muestra el lado más introspectivo de Martin Scorsese que plasma un notable trabajo fílmico, apoyado de una brillante interpretación de Robert de Niro.
Yes, its smart and tense equally but also is similar to the other installments of Martin and even though De Niro works hard in it, it's just exhausting in its final act.
The movie stars Robert De Niro as the boxer on topic, Jake LaMotta (the actual LaMotta wrote the book). DeNiro's performance is, in this reviewer's opinion one of the greatest pieces of acting ever staged, cinema or theatre. This is a perfect performance of total commitment by a very talented method actor who is at the top of his form here- once you watch this film- you will understand why DeNiro is so highly revered as an actor and why he and Scorsese worked together so often. The movie also stars Joe Pesci as LaMotta's brother in his first major role, and Cathy Moriarity as Vickie LaMotta, Jake's second wife. They are both fabulous here, credit DeNiro for discovering both actors.
The first scene after the opening credits (which is a brilliant summation of LaMotta's character) sets the tone of one half of this film. We see LaMotta in the ring- and he is competing in a bout. We see he is a very competent boxer- but he is terrifying to watch in action. In this bout (and most of the other bouts in this film), LaMotta doesn't just knock down and knock out his opponent- LaMotta mercilessly mauls and pummels the utter crap out of his opponent. When this happens- it's horrific and brutal; you really feel sorry for any person who comes across this guy. Then, the judges decide for some reason to hand the bout to LaMotta's opponent. The crowd disagrees, and then a riot ensues. Chairs, tables and other objects are thrown around and the scene becomes total pandemonium.
The next scene is set in LaMotta's Bronx apartment, where he lives with his first wife. He and his wife have a loud, violent argument over something as frivolous as how she cooked his steak. We then see Joey barely squeeze through the door which is kept in place by the dinner table overturned. LaMotta then assaults his wife. This sets the tone for the other half of the film.
The way I've written this review makes Jake LaMotta out to be a complete bastard. This is not the case. He has qualities that I believe redeem him in the common man's eyes. If he was a complete bastard, it would be harder for the audience to relate to this character. LaMotta is somehow aware of the fact that his behavior is not okay- and he feels really bad about it. This is exemplified by when he tells his brother to hit him to apparently prepare for an upcoming bout. Joey is reluctant, but Jake anatongizes Joey by slapping him in the face, and Joey's anger boils over and he starts punching Jake in the face.
Then, after a number of events over time, Jake divorces his first wife and marries a young girl named Vickie. Then, a number of violent events occur that alienate Joey and Vickie from Jake, and then, the film turns into a story of redemption. Jake is not happy with himself, and has not been since the movie began. He wants to change, and this is the start of his redemption.
The practicing Catholic Scorsese found a personal connection here through LaMotta's redemption, seeking forgiveness for his sins. Intitally he did not want to do this film, and he poured all his energies into making it- because he believed it would be the last film he would ever make. It wasn't Scorsese who wanted to make this film- it was DeNiro, and it took him 4 years to make it. He finally succeeded after he visited Scorsese in hospital after drug problems of some kind and said that they needed to adapt LaMotta's book into a film. And they ended up making one of the best films I've ever seen.
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.