In honor of the release of "The Comedian" (which I probably won't even get to see in theaters, as I don't care enough about it to travel the distance that would be required), I decided to rent "The King of Comedy", a Scorsese film that I have wanted to watch for a long while. I must say, it isn't perfect, but it has a lot of the dark humor that comes to show in his later films.
The most impressive part of the film is how Rupert Pupkin is made to be a sympathetic protagonist despite his actions that are... well... deplorable. The story is interesting and puts a few spins on a relatively tried-and-true genre, allowing for a good amount of funny moments. The film takes a little bit before it really begins to move in a quick pace: the humor in the beginning is a little dry, and the character development is much slower. I also loved the incorporation of the ambiguous ending in the script.
De Niro gives an amazing lead performance. He is very funny, but also dives into the role, and based on what I've read, he has an extremely interesting research method to get the role nailed down. Lewis and Bernhard are also very funny in their roles. There were some interesting things done with the camera and the sound design, especially during the fantasy parts. Scorsese's attention to detail is surely evident in this film.
Overall, I thought that "The King of Comedy" was a very good film. It is enjoyable, and it is very well-made, as can be expected from Scorsese. It's a shame that De Niro's other comedic roles can't be this good.
The King of Comedy
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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