Daniel Corleone's Movie Review of The King of Comedy (1983)

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The King of Comedy (1983)

The King of Comedy review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/24/13

An autograph seeker who dreams of making it big as a stand-up comedian named Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) tries to set an appointment with popular Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Rupert asks Masha's (Sandra Bernhard) help in convincing Jerry to notice him. Soundtrack was fair and Bernhard a convincing support. Robert DeNiro plays a creepy character to perfection while Jerry Lewis was surprisingly good and deserved more attention. Screenplay was note worthy with lines: "Any one of these freaks could just walk right up to you and do whatever he wants." "But I figured it this way: better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime!" and "It's hard to lose a friend, even one who has let you down." Direction was superb and had good chracter development. On the downside, jokes during the actual performance of Rupert was unfunny and most scenes were too fantastic to believe, which was probably the purpose of the director. The King of Comedy maybe labelled as a dark comedy, this reviewer feels it felt more like a drama fantasy that touches on obsession, seeking attention, respect and ambition.

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