Raging Bull (1980) – Movie Review

5/5 – A nearly perfect movie. I am giving this movie a full 5/5 because I must consider what things were like at the time of filming. The action is really rather bad compared to today, laughably bad. With that out of the way, this story shows just how to succeed and simultaneously throw away your life.

  • Entertainment – 1/1
    • There were lulls with this movie, but that is a product of the times. A breakneck pace for the time with important breaks for contrasting the intense fight scenes.
  • Story – 1/1
    • At this point, a cliche, but a genuine one without embellishment. Just a raw story of an abuser, a destructive hurricane.
  • Acting – 1/1
    • Most of the acting is of the time. A little stilted, not nearly as nuanced as today’s films, but by the end De Niro was crushing it. Wow.
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • Beautifully shot with great composition, movement, and style. The extremely sweaty men was a bit over the top, but it was a nice comparison to outside the ring. I truly felt like I was in Brooklyn at the time.
  • Editing & Directing – 1/1
    • This movie could have gone off the rails so many times, but just when you think it will, it steers you right back on and the journey continues.

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