Rumble Fish ★★★★½

“They belong in the river. I don’t think that they would fight if they were in the river, if they had the room to live.”

I haven’t read the book but I’d hazard to say this is a perfect literary adaptation - not necessarily of the source material specifically, but just in general. So much of the things about the film that stick out in my mind are specifically formal choices that are only possible in a medium like the motion picture - the deliberate monochrome, the ballet-like choreography of the fight scenes, the bright, saturated colour of the fish, even something as simple as the use of overlapping dialogue - these things all convey information in ways that wouldn’t be possible with just the written word. Takes full advantage of being a motion picture, which not all literary adaptations do.

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