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Let me start by giving a special mention to the late Jerry Lewis who gives a great performance in The King of Comedy, he deserved an Oscar for best supporting actor or at least a nomination. But he's not the only one! Praise must also be given to De Niro & Sandra Bernhard. This is a black comedy unlike no other, De Niro's Rupert Pupkin is even more deranged (but perhaps less dangerous) than Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver! I think this is a great film but it won't be to everyone's taste.
This is one of scorsese's finest, yet one of his most underrated films to date. Unlike the rest of his films at this period, he transistoned from his Dark Deniro thrillers and dramas ( like Raging bull and Taxi Driver) and made this, a dark comedy thriller. I believe this and 'Hugo' are his only PG rated films, yet unlike the other iw ould not classify this as a kids film... This is a film of desperation, crippiling ambition and the dark reality of new york life. The cast is spectaculer with Jerry Lewis playing De Niro's hero/enemy, of Whom Deniro wants to become. I would rate this film a solid 10/10 and the DVD itself was clean and in great condition, and the extras offered a lot of insight into what was really going on on set and the intentions of the crew when making this opus.
Ahead of its time whilst reflecting the times in which it was made, as sinister and malevolent as any of Martin Scorsese's darker characters. But Rupert Pupkin, the 'weakling' within the triplets - Travis Bickle & Jake La Motto- is the only one of the three who achieves his dream without the interference of an internal journey. In loafers, powder blue and canary yellow he is the most disarming of the all of Scorsese's characters yet the most able. Pumpkin is the man that everyone should have in their corner, he has the single mindedness to achieve the impossible-by fair means or foul- without the smile ever slipping from his face. Visionary and understated. A lesson in how a film is an organic process, punching far above its own weight and outstripping much bigger budget films by a country mile. The King is in the building, all hail the King!
A lesser known Scorsese/De Niro effort - but rather superb in it's depiction of hunger for fame for it's own sake. Prescient too - De Niro's misguided terrible stand up comedian only wants to be famous, not good, echoing the current trend for vacuous talentless celebrity. He's chasing the wrong thing, but does achieve infamy after kidnapping the successful Jerry Lewis character. De Niro is superb as the nerdy, mothered, tragic loser. Jerry Lewis plays it straight and is remarkable. Great support from an angsty unhinged Sandra Bernhard and a long suffering Diahnne Abbott. For a Scorsese production it's rather subdued, and flopped when released in the early 80s, but it's a thought-provoking, funny, scary, and very New York movie. Worth seeing indeed.
Great method acting from De Niro in this Scorsese classic that even thou it flopped at the time has grown into a timeless classic. The restoration in turning this into a Blu-Ray is really well done and the thanks at the end of the movie are more than deserved! Just shy of 2 hours it doesn't slow anywhere. Its a little stale on the acting front from some of the smaller roles but De Niro and Lewis really bring it together. Great addition to the collection.
Love this iconic brilliant film ....Love love love the performances by Sandra and Jerry :) Robert Deniro is excellent and his scenes are almost disturbing to watch at times as he epitomizes the sad character of a lonely self obsessed fan living in a fantasy world that he and only he believes ...
Unfortunately the DVD I ordered was damaged but I did receive a full refund, so I need to order another....Great film though love it!
An amazing exposé of how being a comedian isn't a humorous, but showing how people TRY to be funny is a revelation. The behind the scenes film about late night comic talk show hosts, and how funny they really aren't. Unforgettable!