Tuesday, March 22, 2011

25/50: Taxi Driver

Well, I am not really sure how to start this. This film was not really what I was expecting it was going to be - and I think that may have hurt my view of the film, but we shall see.

Taxi Driver stars Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle. A Vietnam veteran who has had a bit of a time adjusting to life back in the states. He spends most of his time watching movies and walking the streets, but soon decides that if he is up he might as well get paid for it - and applies to be a night time taxi driver.

At first Bickle seems to be a decent person, who just may have a bit of a problem sleeping. He begins to become infatuated with a worker for a Presidential campaign, Betsy (Cybill Shepherd). Not truly knowing how ta act around her he takes her to a pornography film - and sort of freaks her out in the process.

She begins to ignore all of his calls and he begins to snap.

After he is ignored by Betsy, he befriends a young prostitute named Iris (Jodie Foster). He does all he can to get her to go home - even giving her money to return, but her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel) and his fellow friends don't allow her to leave.

I was really glad that the end went the way that it did. I was worried that Bickle would have gone one way and I was really wondering why. But, when it went the way it did it helped me like it a little more.

However, the one thing that really threw me off of this film was the music. It was horrible and never fit the film for me. It got so annoying I almost turned it off. I have never felt that way about a score before.

Anyway, like I said, I didn't think this film was what I thought it was going to be, but it wasn't horrible.


1 comment:

  1. Saw this for the first time some years back and was largely disappointed, so much so that I can hardly recall why. I think it was just that it was too atmospheric; I don't require a strong narrative each time out, but I just can't recall that all that much happened.

    DeNiro can metamorphosize with the best of 'em, but this will never top my list of Scorcese flicks...