RAGING BULL movie review:
People keep saying RAGING BULL is a boxing sports movie. I think RAGING BULL is a tragedy that just happens to be about a boxer. Throughout this true story, we yes indeed, see see Jake LaMotta in the boxing ring blowing and taking punches as if taking punishments for all his sins, but at its core this movie really is a film about the human condition and how affected it can get, and well... build up a RAGE.
Robert De Niro in my opinion gives the best performance of his entire career in this film as Jake LaMotta, playing a real life terribly flawed human being, but still relateable and a man you can feel sprry for. When Jake slaps his wife Vickie or beats his brother Joey in front of the entire family, De Niro does such an amazing job truly showing the devil’s anger behind his eyes, with just the way he looks at the two of them, and expresses his anger—and in moments like these, you really hate this man, but then you get moments like the scene with him in jail, crying, hitting himself, yelling, and saying, “I’m not animal” and in moments like these you just can’t help but give this man a hug.
Martin Scorsese really directed the hell out of this movie, telling a character study first and a movie second. Scorsese chooses to mainly focus on LaMotta’s private life, and his abusove relationships. While watching him fight in the boxing ring is a feast for the eyes, the truly greatest scenes in the film are just LaMotta releasing his anger upon others, or moments of him slowly realizing his monstrous nature. The real life Jake LaMotta said viewing RAGING BULL made him realize just really how much of a bad person he was. Now THAT’S high praise. Rest in peace, Jake LaMotta.
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