Michael's Cinema Paradiso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Afterthoughts: One of the most culty films I’ve ever seen. The fact the lead characters (played by Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke) are called Rusty James and The Motorcycle Boy says it all.
I’ve been trying to finish this film for what must have been about a month now. I don’t know why, every time I sat down to watch it I couldn't for the life of me stay awake. Stretching out a 94 minute film across such a long period sounds ludicrous, and it is, and as a result I don’t feel like I’ve experienced the film properly at all. I liked what I saw, but it’s certainly going to need another go in one sitting until I can properly appreciate it.
What I can say, is that it’s totally remarkable that the man who helmed three of the greatest American movies ever made, 11, 9 and 4 years prior to this film, made this when he did. At first look, Rumble Fish feels so much like a debut feature from a director who would go onto make incredible and limitlessly influential landmarks of cinema, not the 12th directorial credit, that comes after the likes of The Godfather Parts I and II and Apocalypse Now. It reminded me very much of Gus Van Sant’s debut, Mala Noche (1986).
The cast, soundtrack and filmmaking is killer, so I very much look forward to revisiting this soon.