Confidence. Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd star on this Martin Scorsese crime thriller a couple of veteran with psychological health issues who works an evening job, driving a taxi round New York City. De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a Vietnam warfare vet who moonlights as a cap driver to cope with his insomnia. During an extended shift, he contemplates assassinating a politician to assist out the woman he is fallen in love with (Shepherd) and killing a pimp after befriending an underage prostitute (Foster). It is a wild trip, filled with darkly comedic moments, and an even more harrowing looks on the penalties of warfare.
Baz Luhrmann’s star-studded 2013 adaptation is visually beautiful – it won Oscars for both production and costume design – but maybe lacks the depth of the novel, which carefully skewered the excesses of The Jazz Age years earlier than it all got … Read the rest