Martin Scorsese is one of my faborite directors of all time and he has made a lot of great films, such as Raging Bull & Goodfellas, but if there is a film that I would consider it his best work,it would be Taxi Driver. This film is so fascinating, as it manages to delve into the mind of troubled man while dealing with the themes of loneliness, urbanism, crime, violence and vigilantism.
Taxi Driver tells the story of a mentally troubled man named Travis Bickle, who is discarged from the army in the Vietnam War and dealing with loneliness, depression and insomnia, trying to find a job a taxi driver, only to find a purpose in life as a vigilante and begin wrecking havoc in the city.
Martin Scorsese does an incredible job in presenting the gritty New York lifestyle in the mid-1970s while exploring into the unstable mind of protagonist Travis Bickle. The screenplay is very well-written and packs with memorable dialogue and great scenes. The cinematography is vivid and adds to the movie’s dark atmosphere and the editing keeps the movie moving at a slow but steady pace. The score by Bernard Hermmann adds more to the movie’s charm.
The performances by the cast is phenominal, but the one who manages to steal the show has to be Robert DeNiro as he is able to portray Travis Bickle as a complex, mentally unstable person. The supporting cast, Jodie Foster and Harvey Kietel, are alsl great. The ending, which won’t spoil, is one of the most memorable endings in cinema history and it leaves you more intrigued by the film.
Overall, Taxi Driver is Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus and it’s a brilliant character study of a memtally unstable man, as well as an exploration of our broken society. It’s a must watch for all cinephiles and movie fans, as it will leave you mesmerized.