Are you talking to me? The most memorable line that has resonated through the big screens to what we know in today’s seventh art. However, the ironic problem is that no one is talking to him. Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver is an impeccable representation of urban isolation due society’s hypocrite actions. Nonetheless, the ambivalence to embrace change is hindrance by the American belief of being in power of our fate, portraying a character as an outlier.
Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle is depicted as a character of importance for his present, not for his past. A Vietman Veteran who suffers from insomnia, and endlessly drives his cab through the infernal streets of New York City. A sick city that hosts prostitution, gangs, racism and violence, and part of it is Travis as the bizarre young man. He pours his disgust in his diary to redeem or destroy his psychosis, in needs to be heard.
Scorsese maintains consistency of the scenes to build up excitement toward
the climax. Starting when everything becomes monotonous to Travis’ taste, his desire to cleanse craves to erupt. The disruption it can be easily perceived by the overlapping sounds that transitions on to different scenes as a way of connection. The aftermath of Travis isolated confusion it’s concluded by cause and effect of his actions. He once again proclaims his power over his fate. Thus, the moving shots depict his hysteria to free Iris. His urge is followed while the goriness predominates toward the end when the camera focuses on his face, displaying his delusion to shoot himself. After that, the scene fades to the irony of a murderer becoming a hero.
Scorsese definitely stands out for the dynamism of shots to remark a character out of the mainstream in an urban alienation. The deliverable as a whole transcends from the superficial to a closure in depth of the character, accompanied by a compelling selection of music. Therefore, Taxi Driver I believe is it will stand the test of time due to its uniqueness of choices.
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