Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
"No, your mother... is not crazy. And neither, contrary to popular belief, is your brother crazy. He's merely miscast in a play. He was born in the wrong era, on the wrong side of the river ... With the ability to be able to do anything that he wants to do and ... findin' nothin' that he wants to do. I mean nothing."
Rewatching Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish felt like an entirely fresh experience once it clicked for me that this story of a Greaser does not take place in the 50s or 60s, but possibly in the late 70s. So it makes sense why the main character Rusty James comes across so lost, since he feels trapped in a bygone era.
On my first watch, I felt so detached from the story. But with giving it another look, the abundance of Coppola's auteur style drew me in including:
- Unique camera angles
- Longs shots of the clouds
- Black and white cinematography
- Unusual score featuring xylophone music
- A subtle performance from Mickey Rourke
- Rusty James' out of body experience, which is when I did start to key into stylistic touches on my first watch
- And of course the pops of color from the Rumble Fish metaphor
While I liked the film more on a rewatch I surprisingly still gave it the same rating, and I am sure there are plenty more art films that I will find a new appreciation with if I come across them again. Note in the comments which movies you have enjoyed more when you gave them a second look.