In Taxi Driver, A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
I was very excited to sit down and watch Taxi Driver for multiple reasons, First, I had heard enourmous amounts of praise for this movie, WatchMojo.com even made the main character in this movie number one on their Top 10 Antiheroes. Also, this was the first movie I had seen by Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese. Lastly, I think Robert DeNiro is one of the best actors working today, and I have heard this is his best performance. Unfortunately I found this movie uninteresting, drawn-out, and dated. I was extremely disappointed by Taxi Driver.
First of all, the main character, Travis was not interesting at all. He did not show any signs of damage, he was just socially awkward, I know people that are socially awkward and none of them have been in the Vietnam war. There are plenty of ways to make a character damaged without overdoing it or under doing it. Directing-wise, I found almost nothing interesting, with the small exception of the number of shots in the back seat of the taxi. I always heard that the ending of this movie was the best part, not for me, I absolutely HATED the ending.
Uninteresting movie, that does not hold up at all, 1.5/5
SPOILER ALERT: The reason I hated the ending was because of how unrealistic it is, while the rest of the movie takes itself so realistically, but Travis manages to kill multiple people while being shot multiple times, and is made a hero.