Too often misinterpreted as just an overly graphic experience of misanthropy and "sartresque" loneliness, "Taxi Driver" is so ripe with juxtaposed grassroots motifs (suppressed/emancipated female, minority rights, war crimes, political populism, working class blues) it is both a deeply penetrative display of 70's urban America, as well as an everlasting case study on the birth of a radicalized individual.
4.6 stars. I had forgotten how bloody good it is! A film glutted with poison. Infernal. A shame that its moral ambiguities, political subtleties and sheer cinematic poetry have been so often reduced through memeification and bland pastiche. I remember watching this as a teenager and seeing Travis as a grown man but now, watching again at 30, he seems like just a kid. A blistering, riveting film.
Believable story about a city and "Hell on Earth". It feels like a honest character study where we see our taxi chauffeur driving through neon lit dirty streets of ungodly deeds. It also gives a good definition on how violence create violent anti-heroes. A dark and unhappy movie from the lowest side of civilization that both kicks and punches you in the face.
Taxi Driver is about a mentally unstable marine who's back from Vietnam and trying to live a normal life. The film shows his attempts and failures to make some connection with other people. He meets a beautiful woman and ends up taking her to a pornographic movie. Most of the film is about him trying to rescue a 12 year old prostitute, and it ends with him shooting up the brothel and trying to kill himself too.
This is a movie where you see it once, and you get it, and you never need to see it again. Just not a big fan of the violence if it's realistic. Fake violence built Hollywood after the 60's. This film is quoted enough for you to understand why it's a classic. This was during DeNiro's golden period. You look at the movies he's doing now, and they seem to be parodies of his earlier work.