I didn’t even know this movie existed until I got an invite to a press screening for it. How does that happen with a film that’s written and directed by Warren Beatty? Anyhow, it looks like it could be a quirky good time, so I’m heading into it with at least mild expectations.
Rules Don’t Apply is one of those movies that’s made up of pretty people and they’re all clearly having a really good time just doing whatever and you keep watching and noticing that nothing really seems to be happening but everyone is so damn cute, charming and quirky that you just shrug your shoulders and keep your eyes glued to the screen. Set in 1950s Hollywood, the film is centered around Howard Hughes. I’m not entirely sure why – my best guess is that Warren Beatty just really wanted to portray him. Anyhow, alongside Hughes there’s a slew of famous faces and then two kids with chunky parts – Lily Collins (as the super pretty Maria) and Alden Ehrenreich (as the super handsome Frank). The former is a young lady hired to be in Howard Hughes’ actress stable (it’s never made quite clear exactly what he does with these women) and the latter is hired to be a driver (this part is made clear – he drives). Because Howard Hughes is crazy, both young adults are explicitly told not to fall in love with each other … so of course they do exactly that. There never seems to be any real point to their relationship though, and mostly the film ends up being driven by a weird vortex of screwbally madness between Howard Hughes, Maria and Frank. And that’s it. There’s no real point or any discernible message provided by the time the credits hit the screen. Again, it’s just pretty people having a good time in a period film. If you aren’t concerned with a real plot or some sort of meaning to everything, then my advice is that you check it out, because it is oddly entertaining. If you want structure or a point though, then be sure to skip this one.
One Last Thought:
I like Alden Ehrenreich. He legit seems like a good kid and in the films I’ve seen him in, he’s been entertaining. With that being said, I’m nowhere near convinced that he’s going to be a good Han Solo. Good luck to him, though.