Callum’s review published on Letterboxd:
Belongs in the “2am viewing alone in your bedroom” category of movies. Probably the loneliest point in anyone’s day when everyone else is asleep and it’s nothing but you and your thoughts in a room, that’s when you feel this movies full effect, might sound dodgy to say i relate to Travis Bickle to an extent but especially the first half, the feeling of searching for something to keep you living, something to distract you from ending up in a state of self reflection when it’s just you alone and your thoughts. Travis has no hobbies, no friends, he doesn’t keep up with politics, he doesn’t follow music or know a lot about movies, he’s just drifting through life alone looking for something to fill the empty void. Being in lockdown, it can hit incredibly hard.
I don’t know what it is but recently i’ve had a weird obsession with a certain camera shot that i haven’t seen a lot of but it’s literally a static of slow zoom with the main characters face in the frame. Dirk Digglers in Boogie Nights and now Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (The TV scene with literally the only needle drop in the entire film). The facial expressions aren’t much but it forces you to stop for a second from all the commotion and really just focus in on the protagonist and make you ask “What the fuck is he thinking right now” and i know that happens a lot throughout films but rarely do we get given a minute to really just attempt to read the protagonists mind.
Films aren’t about what you see or what you hear, it’s about what you feel, and Taxi Driver singlehandedly succeeds immensely when it comes to making you feel certain ways about the characters and you yourself in a way only films can make you feel.