Rumble Fish (1983) [review]

If you are a fan of the original S.E. Hinton novel and have never seen this film, you may be a little weary about checking this out. But this is one of those rare occasions where, if you are like me, will find this almost as good as the book. Obviously those of us who read the book will have our own version in our heads, but this is so well done that there is very little we can fault about the film… if you do, you are probably looking for something, anything which falls out of line with the version you have from reading the story.

Francis Ford Coppola co-writing the script with S.E. Hinton and directing, gave this a feeling which pulls you in, makes you care for the characters which are involved in the small town, which could be anywhere, where the people are so much like those we meet in our own lives. The young characters, as they try to find their place in the world, some wanting to be like others, some not sure how they fit in, some don’t even try to be the so called norm.

This is a story of character who knows each other out of circumstance rather than choice, finding themselves in each other’s lives due going to school together; finding themselves coming into contact the law or generally there being too few people in a small town. Then there are those who are looking at certain people merely on reputation and don’t really know what lies beneath. This comes across the lives of those who want more, want less, never truly knowing what is going on, but try to make some sense of it all.

This is an hour and a half of a story which hits you more than you may expect, check it out along with the S.E. Hinton novel, both are worthy of your time. If you are in your twenties or older, you may feel that the story is not aimed at you, as it mainly focuses on the younger characters of the story. But, it not only connects with the people of that age, but those older. If you think life is all worked out as you get older, this reminds us that we find different parts of our lives just as complicated… and not everything is as easy as we would imagine it to be. The story comments on how the many characters have their own problems and how they deal with them… some better than others.


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