It comes off as a mixture somewhere between early Cassavetes and Jim Jarmusch B&W movies, with the tone that strongly resembles "Last Picture Show". Clunky sounds and melodramatic music bring intimate feel to rusted ares of suburbia and city landscape. There's no real plot to be told but rather a series of improvised events that are easy to follow, while enjoying in every technical detail and likeable characters.
I always think that RUMBLE FISH is director Francis Ford Coppola's effort to make an art movie. Also, I think that RUMBLE FISH is his underrated movie. It's a good movie about coming-of-age. About a young rebel named Rusty James who lived under his brother's shadow, named The Motorcycle Boy. I loved Stephen H. Burum's beautiful cinematography. Not to mention Stewart Copeland's (The Police) amazing score. Good movie..
All the little kids with the pumped-up kicks. If Coppola remembers something from the 50's of his youth, it is not its glossy innocence but quite the opposite, the awakening of the beat generation. He understood that nostalgia is not only something that was, but most importantly something that is lost for the rest of time. And when you'll be old, you'll be standing here wondering how did it all go by...
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 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.
All style and no substance. A movie that is mesmerizing to watch, but just impossible to care about. Coppola had a couple of similar ventures into a male inter-family relationships and generational gaps, but this time he is inviting no one. Mickey Rourke's character, at it, is one of the most irritatingly enigmatic I have seen.
Wenn du Rumble Fish nicht magst, wirst du ihn hassen. In Rumble Fish ist alles Oberfläche, alles Style. Die Emotionen, die Wirkung des Films scheinen bloss entliehen zu sein. Es ist in Hollywood unüblich, einen Film wie Rumble Fish zu machen: Einen merkwürdig experimentellen Film, der auf eine profane Geschichte setzt... mehr auf cinegeek.de