Rocky V Reviews
Sly got all the big hitters back for (at the time) Rocky's final film and even the director from the first movie returns.
The film makes so many mistakes and feels very hollow, that being said if the final fight happened in the ring and not the street i think the film would have been forgiven.
Apparently Rocky was supposed to die in the street after a street brawl but it was later changed due to the director. This gritty approach was an attempt to take the series back to it's roots while keeping it relevant with modern boxing (many a fighter has been left bankrupt after sticky fingered lawyers and promoters)
The film never captures the tone of the first 2 films and Stallone casting his own son was a big mistake. The kid is a terrible actor and the whole story-line of him and his son is poor. The ideas were there but this film is going through the motions and the cast are too.
The only highlights are from the ghost of Mickey...
It was better and more interesting episode of Balboa's life than the previous one, but it still doesn't make it good enough to invest in it. Rocky V is fast paced than the previous ones and seems to have material enough to run for around 100 minutes unlike its previous installments even though the content is predictable and familiar to the audience. Sylvester Stallone may not be able to attract the audience with its storyline but he surely puts enough gravitas on his character and also plays it with all the conviction to always let the audience ask for more of it and root for it and cheer for it. Rocky V is not nearly redefining it or justifying the originality and the purity of it but it is made for the fans and delivers enough action sequences and huge dramatic scene to capture their attention even though it still is poorly choreographed and repetitive.
Avildsen and Stallone introduce all of these subplots that work in theory, but are either never given enough development to have any real impact, or get caught up in awkward, and all around not so great execution. Rocky's brain damage sustained from his fight with Ivan Dragon is glossed over much too quickly: asidr from a couple of migranes/flashbacks, the effects of it that are shown throughout the movie are watered down to Stallone hamming it up. The interactions between Rocky and his son (played by Stallone's real-life son Sage) start out fine enough but slowly become more and more awkward as Sage just simply isn't quite up to par with the material (or maybe vice versa). The most heavily dealt with side of the plot, involving Rocky taking up Mick's mantle by training a reckless young fighter (in another real-life parallel, played by actual boxer Tommy Morrison), makes for an interesting angle as a potential passing of the torch, but is too predictable to ever pack the punch a (seemingly) final franchise film deserves.
The franchise would go on to find its comeback some sixteen years later, but it's no surprise Rocky V served as the catalyst to the series hanging up the gloves. The film harps on the idea of boxing being 10% muscle and the rest heart, but that heart just isn't beating the same way it was in '76.