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Rocky 5 [DVD]
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Fifth instalment in the 'Rocky' saga. Robbed of his millions and brain-damaged after years in the ring, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is forced to move back to his old neighbourhood. Rocky Junior (Sage Stallone) finds it difficult to adjust to these hard times, and feels further alienated when his father takes on a protégé.
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My personal opinion of Rocky V is that it holds up well and has got better with age, possibly helped by the previous two films in the saga, Rocky Balboa and now Creed. Depite this I have always rated Rocky V and think it is a very good film with the heart and emotion of the previous installments. With the story following straight on from Rocky IV from 1985, but actually made in 1990, it takes a dramatic turn with Balboa forced into retirement after the beating he took from Ivan Drago. Rocky has to move out of his mansion and sell all his toys, returning back to the streets of Philadelphia in his old neighbourhood. Taking Rocky back to his roots and that hat and leather jacket, he becomes a trainer in Micks old boxing gym. Rocky is then tracked down by an amataur named Tommy Gunn who he takes under his wing.
Balboa now has a new lease of life and is back doing what he wants but ends up neglecting his family and is eventually s**t on from a great height by Gunn. Now we don't see Rocky in the ring in this film but we are treated to a superb street fight between Balboa and Gunn which more than pays off after Gunn snots Paulie enraging Rocky to challenge him. It even has Rocky rising from the ashes with the Rocky theme to boot. And the end credits are excellent showing stills of all the Rocky films in a montage to the whole story. Clearly this was meant to be the final chapter but Sly did put on the gloves again for Rocky Balboa, and rightly so too as it would have been an injustice to leave the charecter like he did in V. Think of it this way.....without Rocky V there may have not been Balboa or Creed.
Just to show I'm not biased because I'm a huge life long fan of Sylvester Stallone (I even own Rhinestone and Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot) and the Rocky franchise I will point out the faults of Rocky V. First of all the guy playing Tommy Gunn, Tommy Morrison. He can't act and spends his time shouting, trying to sound like a black boxer and having a very silly mullet hair cut. Mind you for a bloke that can't act he has done very well with his supermarket chain. And Rocky's son played by Stallone's son Sage is terrible with a ridiculas chain earring dangling from his his lug hole. Another thing I can't quite grasp is that Rocky V follows straight on from IV but Rocky's son now played by Sage Stallone has aged significantly since Rocky left the USA to fight Drago in Russia. How long was he away for? About 4 years it would seem!
There is also a flsh back to Rocky and Mick in the ring that is supposed to be from the first film but Rocky looks nothing like he did back in 1976. In the first film Sly was not ripped and a bit tubby but in the flash back he is ripped as he is in III and IV.
Over all though the film is damn good and has me cheering at the TV with the fight scenes and having a lump in my throat when I hear the Bill Conti theme or seeing Rocky punch the bag while watching a championship fight. I love this film and in some ways I prefer it to IV but have just realised I have messed up by only giving Rocky V a three star rating on my Rocky box set review. This film is a very firm four star so you can take that to the bank!
By the time Rcoky 4 came out in 86, people had grown used to the formula, which was "Rocky trains, Rocky beats big bad opponent in the RING". Many had grown to love this franchise and I sure did do.
Rocky is my fav saga and it really is inspiring.
When part 5 came out, people were expecting the same formula and when they didnt get it, they instantly reacted negatively and labelled Rocky 5 a bad movie, worst of the lot. But that's where they made the mistake. You dont judge a movie by whether it follows the same formula as the previous ones.
You judge it solely by the story itself and whetehr the movie can stand alone, even without the previous ones.
In my opinion, Rocky 5 certainly can stand alone and is a terrific movie. One doesnt have to have watched the previous Rockys to enjoy Rocky 5. The story is solid.
I watched Rocky 5 when it came out on vhs in 92 and boy.....did I love this movie. I was really moved by the story of Rocky going broke and losing all he had achieved and how he fights his way back. The betrayal by Tommy made it all the more powerful.
The scene with Mickey in the gym certainly ranks alongside the greatest scenes in movie history. It was original, moving and very very inspiring. Bill contis musical score here made it really special too.
The final street fight in my opinion beats the the other Rocky fights. It was very well choreographed by a talented Stallone who also choreographed all the other fights.
Now come on, let's admit it, almost no other action movie can beat the Rocky 5 street fight. Even the people who hate part 5 admit its a classic street fight.
I told my friend who hated Rocky 5 when he saw it aged 12 to watch it recently and he will get a different view of it because now he's older and more mature. Sure enough, he did enjoy much more and told me he missed seeing the solid story the first time around because back then, like everyone else, he expected another formulaic "Rocky beats massive hulk in the ring" story.
So i urge the people who hate Rocky 5 and have never seen it since 92-94 to watch it again now that they are older. Im sure they will realise what a classic it really is.
I myself love this movie dearly and it's my second fav Rocky. My fav Rocky in order
Rocky 1, 5, 2, 4, 3, 6.
So remember, you dont judge a movie based on whether it follows the same formula or not. You judge it solely by the story, the directing and acting and whether it can stand "alone" without the need for the previous installments. If it can then it's a terrific movie and in my opinion, Rocky 5 certainly is one of them.
As a matter of fact, I'm also a huge collector of action figures and i just recently bought The Rocky 5 set from amazon. Rocky 5 is an unrecognised classic and I urge people to see it now and see what they missed the first time around.
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