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ROCKY V, 1990
Movie Review

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ROCKY V MOVIE POSTERROCKY V, 1990
Movie Reviews

Directed by John G Avildsen
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Tommy Morrison
Review by Andrew Kosarko


SYNOPSIS:

After gaining permanent brain damage, Rocky Balboa (Stallone) is finally force to retire from the sport of boxing. But it doesn't stop him from coaching an up-and-coming boxer named Tommy Gunn (Morrison), but when Tommy decides that Rocky isn't moving him up quickly, he soon leaves Rocky and begins his new training from Duke. Tommy wins the title he wants, but still does not gain the respect he want. He wants to take out his anger in a fight with Rocky, but as Rocky is now retired from the ring, a street fight would have to do for Tommy. A street fight which could risk Rocky's life.

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REVIEW:

Alright, nobody’s perfect. And this film is proof that Stallone isn’t either. Rocky V is necessary in terms of the overall franchise….well…actually. Not really. To be honest, when I first encountered this franchise a few years ago when Rocky Balboa came out, my friends left out Rocky V claiming, and I quote, “it doesn’t count.” And I understood everything perfectly. So in a way, it’s “nice” to have seen it….wait. No. I can’t lie there either. It’s really not. Skip this movie if you can. Yes, for once, I recommend you don’t bother seeing a movie. Usually I can find some redeeming reason to see a film (G.I. Joe or Transformers 2) but this time….nope. That should say enough.

The Story: Most of it is summed up above in the synopsis. The problems really lie in the characterization, it’s really a downgrade from the threat levels we’ve faced before. How you can go from Ivan Drago to Tommy Gunn is beyond me. Betrayal and brain damage or not. Not to mention, there’s no training montage and the climax comes from a street fight rather than the ring. Rocky has become a bum. And that’s where the franchise left off for the longest time. Thank God for Rocky Balboa….but we’ll get to that next.

Acting: Annoying. I mean the normals are the same old same old. But Tommy Gunn is annoying. Don King…err…I mean, “George Washington Duke” is equally as annoying. And it is satisfying to see Rocky finally hit him, but I’d rather he wipe the floor with him.

Directing: Why Avildsen came back I’m not sure. Stallone had 3 decent installments. More so than this entry. By this time, Avildsen has lost his touch. The two new characters to this film (3 if you count Rocky’s son) are just annoying. This falls on the directors shoulders in my opinion. By this point, this franchise is a monster and new actors, especially non-stars such as these, rely on directors to help them enter this world. Avildsen has clearly failed.

Cinematography: Same old song and dance. It’s the same type of shot design as the last several films.

Production Design: This one somewhat breaks the convention of the rest of the franchise. While the rest of the films feel legitimate about the design, this go around seems forced and stylized towards the 80’s. It’s not that blatant, just a feeling I get while watching the film.

Editing: The pacing is super slow in this film and it never builds upon itself. There in lies part of the problem.

Score: Not even the score is good in this film. I don’t have much to say about it honestly.

Special Effects: ….it’s a Rocky movie…still.

In closing: This movie sucks. There, I said it. I agree with my buddies on this one. This movie doesn’t count. It should be shunned by all Rocky fans. The film we do not speak of. So much that I won’t say another word of it.

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