The King of Comedy Review

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      The King of Comedy is sadly one of the most overlooked masterpieces that resulted from the magnificent collaborations between Scorsese & De Niro. An chronicle of an unhinged man with an uneasy feel, Robert De Niro fully commits to his character in one his best performances in a film that I like to look at as part of an unofficial trilogy exploring the madness of New York from different perspectives, with its accompanying pieces being Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, all linked together by the hypnotizing De Niro. This time centering on the struggle for success in the world of comics (kind of), Scorsese uses this basic platform as a jumping off point where he is allowed to explore the lunacy of fandom, when overconfidence is just too much, and what it means to literally stop at nothing to accomplish your dream. Familiar in tone to a film like Nightcrawler, The King of Comedy is a perfect representation of Scorsese’s warped sensibilities when it comes to delving into the psyche of an unhinged man, slowly building tension around the act this man is going to be forced to commit if he doesn’t get his due as it slowly presents us with what got him to this point. Much like Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy is very uneasy to watch as you’re forced to watch a man’s mind slowly crumbling to pieces. Playing off the radicalism of actions and malfunctioning inner working of the minds, Scorsese is able to craft an amazing character piece that is equally dark as it is comedic at times. But, its not only De Niro who delivers a sensational performance, Jerry Lewis as Jerry Langford almost steals the show in every scene he’s in, especially in his monologue about only Being Human.  The way Scorsese slowly builds up tension in this film is also fantastic, starting it off in an awkward position of Pupkin’s (De Niro) life and then calming the ocean before the storm hits, Scorsese masterfully crafts situations that accommodate the state of mind Pupkin is going through and eventually drive past the point of no return. All in all, The King of Comedy is an under-looked look at insanity from director Martin Scorsese, a film that hold great performances, great tension-building, and a chilling finale which Nightcrawler decided to take a page out of, an 89 out of 100.

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