Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Rocky Balboa (2006)

Directed by Sylvester Stallone

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes


The computer simulation as the motivation for his final fight was a bit weak, not to mention an insult to the recently departed Adrian. If she was consistent with previous films, she definitely wouldn’t have allowed him to fight this one, especially after the brain damage suffered in Rocky 5. How did he pass his tests “with flying colors”, I wonder?

We don’t have any real reason to care about Rocky anymore, and even less of a reason to care about his opponent, who by all accounts is inexperienced and doesn’t really give us any reason to hate him.

In any case, bold of Stallone to take the shirt off one last tome and get in the ring again. He looks good for his age, but he’s fallen quite a bit from where he used to be.

Shot a lot like a real TV presentation, complete with wide shots of the venue and crowd and even Michael Buffer and Mike Tyson. After the isolated fantasy world created by the Rocky franchise up to this point, the realness of it all is a bit jarring.

Why does the triumphant fanfare play at the end… when he doesn’t win? Is it because he survived? They didn’t play this music in the first Rocky after he lost. A downtempo, lonely piano version of the theme would have been nice. Something like what plays when Rocky talks to his smoking son in Rocky 5 would have been perfect.

The credit footage was cute.

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