Sunday, November 27, 2016
Review: RULES DON'T APPLY
RULES DON’T APPLY is an old-fashioned love story, set roughly fifty years ago. Warren Beatty, who also directs and wrote the script, plays Howard Hughes.
The story hits many of the bullet points of Howard Hughes' life story, without being too careful about the details. In fact, the film starts by suggesting that interesting “facts” should not be checked; and closes with the usual disclaimer that any connection to real people and events is purely coincidental.
Hughes was a major figure in the first half of last century, a pioneer in the film industry, a pioneer in the development of flying and the airline industry, a major defense contractor, and a key figure in a series of intense legal and corporate battles. He was also more odd than is suggested, and far more odd than Warren Beatty portrays him in the film. Hughes has been a character in so many films that IMDB not only has a page for the real Howard Hughes, describing the films he made, but also has a full page of Howard Hughes as a character, listing the many actors who have played him and the films in which he has been portrayed.
Alder Ehrenreich and - especially - Lily Collins are excellent as the young people to come into Hughes' orbit.
Lily Collins, 27 (5’ 5” - Mar 18, 1989) is the daughter of Phil Collins, the singer. Her screen debut came when she was 2 years old. In her teens, she wrote for Seventeen, The LA Times, and other publications. She is also a model and a singer. Recently, she played Snow White in Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts, and she has three movies currently in post-production, coming soon.
Warren Beatty, 79 (6’ 2” – Mar 30 1937) is well known as the writer, director and actor of many excellent films. Shampoo, Reds, Bonny and Clyde, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Parallax View, and Heaven Can Wait, are some of my favorites of the films he has starred in.
The film includes cameos from many other familiar actors, including Candice Bergen, Paul Sorvino, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen and Annette Bening.
As in many of Warren Beatty’s films, the characters must find their way in a world which is structured to deny them what they want. Unlike a super-hero movie, in which the characters take aim at a sea of troubles and vanquish them, here the heroes must find a way to navigate (realistically!) through the hazards and find a calm place to achieve their goals.
RULES DON’T APPLY is a well-made, fun film, perfect for the Holidays!
RULES DON’T APPLY - WIKIPEDIA
RULES DON’T APPLY – IMDB
HOWARD HUGHES - WIKIPEDIA
HOWARD HUGHES – IMDB
THE CHARACTER “HOWARD HUGHES” - WIKIPEDIA
WARREN BEATTY - WIKIPEDIA
WARREN BEATTY - IMDB
LILY COLLINS - WIKIPEDIA
LILY COLLINS – IMDB
ALDEN EHRENREICH - IMDB