One of my least favourite tendencies in popular film commentary is that ol' insistence by many commentators that film style should never deviate from a pure servicing of the content. RUMBLE FISH is testament to the great things that can happen when bravura style is employed ultimately for the sake of style itself. Coppola's self-described art film for teens is an expressionistic voluptuary. Pops off the screen.
Fascinating and filled with references. The ideal movie to analyze if you're studying films. Unfortunately, I can't consider it as a masterpiece because of its last part which, as in most of Francis Ford Coppola movies, is weaker than the rest of the film. Highly recommended though.
One of the finest Coppola's flicks with no doubt. Imho, it's all Mickey Rourke and his always soft/tender voice and impenetrable look. A totally dark soul, smooth and mysterious. Maybe the sexiest character ever on the screen. Also, the smoke/fog thing and the sky reflections gave it a dream-like aspect. Marvelous and stunning cinematography.
A fairy-tale of mythical masculinities. But, boy, it’s glorious! Aesthetically so perfect it’s practically parody; like Coppola utilized a 'YA cinema', with every device a little amplified, (to always beautiful, sometimes comic, effect) to tribute that classic work of YA lit. Fun; not very subtle; sometimes downright goofy. Mickey Rourke's Motorcycle Boy is unf disarmingly sexy... The whole thing's a delight. 3.75
One of the most original films of the 80s. It looks like it was shot in the late 80s rather than the early 80s. You can see traces of it in films made later by Spike Lee and Van Sant.
Some of the acting is iffy, but this is a bold vision that has been underrated for too long.