Spiritually synced with Lumet's "Network", filmed during Andy Kaufman's prime, "The King of Comedy" is a peculiarly dystopian forewarning of an over-televised sapiens. The viewer's awkward relationship with politely annoying main character being it's most disturbing force. And Scorsese is illustrating this far less poetically than his previous work.
The King Of Comedy is a masterpiece. Up until this point I liked Martin Scorsese, but this was the film that truly put him in my top tier of directors. It is a film about celebrity worship, delusional fans, entitlement, artistic desperation, arrogant artists who refuse to take valuable advice, and America's obsession with underdogs and antiheroes. This is not a comedy, but a horror movie. Maybe Robert De Niro's best.
I'll add my voice to the mob in saying that The King of Comedy is one of the biggest unappreciated gems I've had the pleasure of discovering! What Scorsese, Zimmerman and De Niro have achieved here is truly special. A subversively funny and insightful look into the perils of all that encompasses fame, along with one of the most brilliant write-ups on behavior and psychological disorders one can find out there.
One of Scorsese's very best: an examination of cringe, of sardonicism, of alienation, of despair that puts most "expose the entertainment biz" films to shame because of its uncompromising facet and its genuine anger, its incredible disgust. De Niro is outstanding in every shot.
Unexpected style of movie from Scorsese, exploring fame, happiness and other un-gangstery topics. Dark, funny and really uncomfortable at moments, this may be one of the forgotten gems of Scorsese's portfolio, as well as De Niro's, who once again does a wonderful job.
Enjoyable comedy that takes psychologically disturbing state of mind and turns it into charming and humorous tour de force of Robert De Niro's Rupert Pupkin - a man whom no one can remember his name. As the plot evolves, so is Pupkin's fanaticism of becoming self-proclaimed King of comedy. Final result, the king is naked but comedy is real and meant to be revisited every once in a while.