Monday, March 15, 2010

Top Ten Movie Countdown #7 - The King of Comedy

There are thousands of good acting performances. There's hundreds of excellent performances. There are dozens of amazing performances. Past amazing there are what I like to call "earth-shatteringly good" acting, and in my experience with movies, there have only ever been a bare handful of earth-shatteringly good acting performances. This is the best out of that bare handful.

Directed by Martin Scorsese and filled to the brim with his signature and evocative style of shooting and with Robert deNiro in the lead role, this is a brilliant film, and in my opinion Scorsese's best and certainly deNiros best.

Everything about this movie is absolutely top-notch; there simply isn't a weak point to be found. Cinematography is outstanding and the story and script flow perfectly with twists and turns that left me gaping and at times smiling. Scorsese is in his prime here, and it certainly shows.

The real high point of the movie, is, as stated above, the brilliant Robert deNiro as Rupert Pupkin, a man desperate to be a late-night comedian. If any proof was ever needed that deNiro is one of the greatest actors to ever live, this is it. This is, in my opinion, the single greatest performance of acting ever captured on film. Not a whole lot more can be said other than this is a brilliant, powerful performance that has yet to be rivaled.

This is a short review, because I can't think of much more to say other than this is a brilliant film with one of the, if not the, greatest actors putting on the greatest show in movies.

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