Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish ★★★★

Now this was cool. Francis Ford Coppola adapting S.E Linton's novel, with a cast of young up-and-comers (Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon, Nicholas Cage, Diane Lane) and established veterans (Dennis Hopper), shot in exquisite black and white with moments of colour. The aesthetic of the film is exquisite, the monochrome photography giving the squalid surrounding an ethereal glow. Dillon is great as the cocksure Rusty James, all machismo and bravado masking a core of vulnerability. Rourke shows why his career trajectory was so tragic with a beautiful measured, restrained performance as the softly-spoken former gang leader who is immortalised and worshiped by his brother. Clearly influenced by the style of 50's films like Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild One, Rumble Fish is beautifully made and very enjoyable, back when Coppola was the king of Hollywood.