The King of Comedy (1983)
". . and when it's all over one of them won't be laughing "Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin wants to achieve success in showbiz, by resorting to stalking his idol, a late night talk show host who craves his own privacy.
I love it. Uncontested first-rate masterpiece from Scorsese.
Martin Scorsese's clever, inventive and splendidly witty little masterpiece
"The King of Comedy" was highly underrated 19 years ago but nowadays it
rightfully gets more of that appreciation it undoubtably deserves. My
favorite Scorsese-flick will naturally always be the massively celebrated
"Goodfellas" but yes, this is number two in my books (I love it even more
than "Taxi driver", even though it's a perfect film too).
Both "Goodfellas" and "The King of Comedy" are in my all time favorite Top
10. Robert De Niro makes the very best comedic performance of his whole
career as a wannabe-famous stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin. Just observe his
sensational, sharp and devoted acting in "King of comedy" and you will truly
have the great pleasure of seeing a real genius at work.
Elderly Jerry Lewis is also marvelous as the melancholic and cheerless Jerry
Langford. This is Lewis' best role as an aged actor and it has absolutely
nothing to got to do with the vivid pre-Jim Carrey stuff he used to do in
the 50's-60's. Although he made the biggest hits of his career back then
"The King of Comedy" is one of his greatest achievements as a real, talented
actor and not just a clown (Nothing wrong with the clown, though. I do love
old Lewis comedies too).
People who claim this movie is not a comedy: I can surely agree but not
without reserve. Of course this is not the traditional comedy, that goes
without saying and the humor we have is very odd and black. However this is
a film that really makes me laugh. Laugh a lot. Characters, acting and
script are so bloody hilarious and the unbelievable story is incredibly
funny I can't help of loving every single scene. This is exactly what I
would call a perfect film. 10/10.