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February 17, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
½ February 15, 2018
Raging Bull is a fantastically made film. The directing is amazing, the black and white cinematography is sexy, especially during the perfectly choreographed boxing scenes. However the greatest aspect of Raging Bull is its editing. Innovative, engaging, and fantastically rhythmic, this film has the best editing I have ever seen, so if that's your cup it f tea, check this out. Unfortunately Raging Bull is not as good as the sum of its parts primarily because the film feels pointless. What is trying to be conveyed? That if you're a disrespectful asshole who abuses and objectifies women then no one will like you? I feel that message is self explanatory. Jake is so fantastically unlikable and unsympathetic that I feel no reason to care about anything that happens to him. Raging Bull feels hollow despite its world class artistry.
February 6, 2018
Great movie but hard to watch sometimes because the characters keep being insulted when they are called out for behaving like animals but in truth is they do. It is sometimes hard to root for them
½ January 13, 2018
Puntaje Original: 7.0

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.
January 13, 2018
i remember those cheers..

Raging Bull

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.
December 30, 2017
The kind of in-your-face realism that Scorsese and De Niro present to us in this film is only part of what made this film an instant classic. De Niro's stunning performance boosts this film's quality even more, and the fabulous music and editing make it a piece of art. Not to mention the increased intensity due to the black and white. But if you like romances and prefer movies that present the characters as lovable, this movie isn't for you. You may never find yourself sympathizing with any of the characters throughout the flick. But otherwise, this is a must-see.
December 25, 2017

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December 20, 2017
RAGING BULL is an adaptation of a book about a real story of a boxer whose insecurities and low self-esteem destroyed his life outside the ring. It is a masterwork by a master filmmaker who proves here that he is far and above almost every other director of his time. I believe RAGING BULL is Martin Scorsese's finest film- it is a tragedy of Homerian proportions, a searing, violent and generally uncompromising portrait of an unsympathetic and repugnant man- so much so that anyone would probably regret having anything to do with this guy.

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.
November 3, 2017
I've seen a reasonable amount of films by a lot of different filmmakers but out of all of them Martin Scorsese is my favourite. This I believe is because he is the best at seeing the humanity in the most flawed and violent people and of course it makes sense, considering Scorsese as a kid knew all the gangsters and the big shots as people first before he even knew they were killers. Once again in Raging Bull, Scorsese introduces us to a man with seminally no redeeming qualities. He is violent, explosive and full of rage, but why is he so angry. Like in all of Scorsese's greatest films his main characters male bravado conceals deep insecurity. He uses his anger as a tool in the only place he knows how, in the boxing ring where he has great success. He then meets Vickie and he is torn between two desires. He loves her in his own way but he treats her like and object fighting off gangsters and pretenders for his prize even if there not really there. What Jake can't understand is life and love isn't like the ring, attack is not the best form of defence and unlike the belt around his waist once the contenders are beaten nobody will stick around for the celebrations. In the end just like an animal he could not change his nature. This a masterpiece of a man's jealously, paranoia and ultimate self destruction.
½ October 18, 2017
This American biographical black-and-white sports drama film tells the story of Jake LaMotta. It is a very visceral film and does not hold back on the language and violence used. Even tough the performance by De Niro is outstanding, I found it very difficult to connect with this film and kept losing interest. Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time and the best sports film of all time. AAN 1001
October 15, 2017
Excellent Scorsese sports drama.
½ September 28, 2017
Good film. A little out dated now but still a very fun film that's worth the watch. De Niro is also outstanding in in
September 21, 2017
Even a bruising boxing match has more compassion than this film. It's moody, violent, and menacing and I couldn't wait for it to end. Some people like this type of film. I don't.
September 15, 2017
Raging bull is a fresh energetic infectious mix of well choreographed boxing stretched to it's highest possible limit, and a submerging into the inricate personal world of a boxer + good acting by rob deniro
September 11, 2017
Boxing drama that is a bit different from your average Rocky project except the same Producers.
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.
½ August 28, 2017
Raging Bull is expertly directed by the film master Martin Scorsese! It's based off of the true story of the boxer Jake Lomatta and what he went through in his life. Robert De Niro's phenomenal performance got him an oscar for best actor and Joe Pesci a nomination for best supporting actor! The story is a great and is a must watch!
August 18, 2017
I Really The Black And White Cinematography That Was Done By Michael Chapman And Robert De Niro's Amazing Oscar Winning Peformance As Jake LaMotta.
July 31, 2017
A vicious athlete but ultimately ignorant to his own self-destructive nature, La Motta is perfectly exemplified by de Niro's unforgivable performance and Scorsese's striking imagery and expert choreography.
July 31, 2017
Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotte will alway be considered one of the greatest performances of all-time. Such a fascinating character and such brilliant technique by Scorsese that it is arguably the greatest character study of all time. The violence and temper is captured by De Niro perfectly and Scorsese doesn't let him hold back by creating an environment that matches the intensity De Niro is bringing to the character to a tee. The choice for black and white was also brilliance because Martin Scorsese understands how to work light and shadows to his advantage.
July 24, 2017
a classic. one of the greatest performances. a little boring at times but there's just something so awesome about this movie. it really is a must see.
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