Raging Bull (1980) [4.5/5]

AN EMOTIONALLY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BOXER'S JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE, AS THE VIOLENCE AND TEMPER THAT LEADS HIM TO THE TOP IN THE RING, DESTROYS HIS LIFE OUTSIDE IT.

When Jake La Motta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though La Motta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone.

Every aspect of this movie is great.
Writing, directing, acting, editing, cinematography, etc.
It's all fucking fantastic. One of Scorsese's best films...
If not his best! Truly phenomenal stuff.
Maybe even the finest performance of Robert De Niro's illustrious career.
I honestly can't believe I waited this long to see it. Grave mistake.
This. After Hours. Taxi Driver. Three of the best films of '75 - '85.

PS: the ending of Boogie Nights, another film that I love, is, in my opinion, an obvious homage to the ending of this film...though I'm sure that the comparison has been made many times before.

-Eli Hayes