Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish ★★★★½

The make or break for audiences on whether or not they really love Coppola-for me this cemented my fandom of the brilliant artist.
The film is filled with such eye popping technical wonder and tells a rather simple story in the most passionate and emotionally complicated way.
The black and white photography has a similar impact as "Raging Bull" in that it makes the film almost look fresher rather than dated.
Mickey Rourke and Matt Dillon are no Al Pacino and Marlon Brando or Robert De Niro, but if you can put aside the comparison you'll realize that they hold their own rather well.
A rainbow of a supporting cast adds great flavor as well: Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Lawrence Fishburne, Chris Penn, and of course Sofia Coppola as a little girl.
May not have the glory of the godfathers or the popular experimentation of "the conversation" or "apocalypse now", but the film achieves its own unique wonder. It both fits Coppola's filmography perfectly but also stands out amongst it.
Feels rather similar to Orson Welles adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Trial"-another near masterpiece.
Challenging and misunderstood upon initial release but required viewing for those who love Coppola.