Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver ★★★★★

One of the most controversial and dangerous films in history. And incredibly, it is still in force 40 years after its realization. The soundtrack of the film is unique and spectacular, it accompanies you throughout the film and at no time gets tired or disturbed, it really helps us to understand important moments that our protagonist is experiencing.
The cinematography is just as epic, everything looks spectacular and just like music, it's part of the plot. It's so good, it'd inspire Joker's cinematography years later. The scene where Travis is going to talk to the other taxi driver for help, with that red lighting, really feels like hell. In that scene, the melody is just as haunting as his smile.
And speaking of our protagonist, well, he's one of the scariest protagonists in the history of cinema. It's dangerous. He's a deranged man who sooner rather than later would become a danger to society. As a matter of fact, it already was. And it's here because this movie is so controversial. Diving into Travis' head is not a nice thing. And this is where the movie works. It impacts and makes the viewer uncomfortable, achieving its task. 
It's really scary to think there are more guys like Travis out there, not taking responsibility for their own lives. 
And it is that really, the question that every viewer must ask himself is, did society abandon its own Travis as he said or was it Travis himself who abandons on its own himself? The answer is simple, Travis with his self-pity, refused to be in the society. This can be seen in several scenes, when he finishes his turn and delivers the taxi, all the other employees are talking together, living together. He simply, without seeing anyone, leaves the place, again, to self-pity, rather than taking action and socializing.
Anyway, in the same way, when he talked to the other taxi drivers in the cafes, he's always isolated. He's not interested in the talk, when he speaks to them, he never looks them in the eye. He himself is moving away from others and then complains that no one sees him. Pathetic.
You can always change, no one really is a victim of circumstance. And when bad things happen, you can react in two ways, with courage or cowardice. Our protagonist certainly reacted in the second way. I really like what Ebert wrote in 2004 about this film: We have all felt as alone as Travis, most of us are better at dealing with it."
And that's what sets our protagonist apart from other people. He's not interested in improving, he doesn't mind making society a better place. All he cares about is self-pity. And that's why it's not worth applauding him.

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