Taxi Driver ★★★★½

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" Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man."

What a film! (I know, I know, I should have probably seen this already), but my first watch of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver was an excellent one and it really blew me away. Robert Deniro puts in a fantastic solo performance as the troubled Vietnam Vet turned Taxi Driver Travis Bickle, who takes a stand against the downtrodden underworld of New York.

Featuring an impressive cast, Taxi Driver is a masterpiece. It might not quite be Scorsese's best film, which for me is Goodfellas, but it's certainly second for me (sorry, The Departed!, with a haunting, incredible atmosphere and superb use of cinemtaography to make this film really standout. It's a slow burn, but an impressive one, making good use of its impressive soundtrack. It's an excellent neo-noir film that deals with a cast of characters that aside from a couple of exceptions aren't your typical protagonists. Hell, Travis, in any other film, would probably be the antagonist. However, Scorsese handles Taxi Driver so well to make it a completely engrossing movie that I can't praise highly enough.

There are few character-centric films that provide a great character study as well as this one does (Raging Bull is another example of this ). It explores Travis' character so well over the course of the movie, switching from the battlefield to driving New York City at night in a way that's handled well. Based on the strength of this movie I can already see that it's something that I plan on returning to for sure in the future, and further cements the 100% track record that I currently have on all of the films that I've seen from Scorsese. Essential viewing.

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