Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Raging Bull - Review

Martin Scorsese’s brawling, brutal biopic based on the memoirs of middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta is perhaps his finest achievement, as incisive and traumatic a deconstruction of masculinity as has been put on film. 

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Robert De Niro is hypnotic as LaMotta – a complex, furious maelstrom of inarticulate rage and jealousy – whether as the whippet-thin fighter or the bloated has-been painfully failing to prove he could be as fierce with his words as he ever was with his fists.

Yet the startling, savage boxing sequences come as some sort of relief despite their graphic nature. It is his uncaged aggression outside of the ring – towards his young wife, his unwaveringly loyal brother, towards the whole world – that truly makes one wince.


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