Saturday, 7 December 2013

''Raging Bull'' (1980 movie)- Review

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Released: 1980
Country: United States

Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Nicholas Colasanto, Frank Vincent

Genres: Biographical drama, Sports

Rating: 5 out of 5


Martin Scorsese's ''Raging Bull'' is an often-intense, unforgettable film, about the life of boxer Jake LaMotta, the numerous winnings and defeats of his life, and the major focus being on his personal life. The film shows his deteriorating relation with his wife and his brother, making his personal life unhappy, and his continuous misunderstandings eventually destroying his family life.

Robert De Niro, as Jake LaMotta, gives an excellent, memorable performance. The rages, joy after the wins, disappointments, the terrible misunderstandings- all of these are wonderfully portrayed.

The film follows Jake LaMotta's journey to success, defeating well-known boxers like Sugar Ray Robinson. He himself becomes a celebrated, successful boxer. His best friend and confidante is his brother, Joey (Joe Pesci).

But his mind is filled with misunderstandings and suspicions. He suspects his wife, Vicki (Cathy Moriarty) of having extra-marital affairs, and his suspicions and sense of insecurity become so strong that he starts to think that something is wrong even if Vicki simply greets a man. Gradually, he goes as far as to thinking that Vicki is having an affair with Joey, and all these result in his deteriorating relation with his family. His temper and rage gradually cause a lot of damage to his life and his career.

''Raging Bull'' is a powerful, unforgettable film. LaMotta's rage and misunderstandings that ultimately destroys so many things--- it was presented very deeply. 

Violent, intense, and with an excellent, highly memorable performance from Robert De Niro, it is absolutely a must watch!

5 out of 5

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