Neither funny enough to be a comedy; nor scary enough to be a thriller; nor ironic enough to be a satire; nor absurd enough to be a grotesque; nor obscene enough to be perverse; nor insane enough to be horror. Yeah. What is it then? That's the problem here. It is unpleasant to watch, very slow developing (after 1 hour you start thinking 'that's it?') and quite boring. Lacklustre.
Dos elementos que son el motor de la película: De Niro y Bernhard. Ambos acosadores con inclinaciones distintas. Uno persiguiendo la fama como cómico, la otra por puro deseo. Los dos son excéntricos, y es de esa forma en que se conduce esta comedia que tiene de sátira. Una especie de fábula en donde la locura y el oportunismo son equivalentes al éxito. Muy a pesar, hace falta de trama. Queda como retrato.
Far more transcendent on concept than Forrest Gump and it's patriotism, "The King of Comedy" is «a good, old-fashioned, all-American fun» story about an autist who fantasizes with the admired and beloved comedy icon. He talks between him and his imaginative friends and conversations with fake people posters to experience the dream of being on stage but everyone confuses his name and only his silliness is noted.
William Deresiewics says that visibility grounds the contemporary self. It is validated, becomes real to itself, by being recognized, connected, seen by others. By getting attention. People are usually accepted, affirmed, vouched for, in groups, by a network of others, an institution for example. Without that, there's a world of desperate individuals. Fremdschämen. Because we partially identify, the characters repel.
I'd put this in Scorsese's Top 5. De Niro is absolutely brilliant, playing everything with a tinge of sadness to it that hits us hard. A dark twisted, painful portrayal of fame, celebrity, and dreams. One of the best films of the 80's. (4th or 5th viewing)