Friday, 20 January 2012

Rocky V

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Year:1990
Country of origin:USA
Director:John G. Avildsen
Genre:Bad boxing movie
Starring:Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith
Rating:2/5
IMDB link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100507/
Tagline:Go for it!
Favourite line:None worth mentioning

You ever heard the phrase 'Jumping the Shark'? It refers to the episode of Happy Days when, ratings dwindling, they sent the Californian types off to Hollywood for a three-parter and, in a moment of pure script writing madness, we see The Fonz wearing swim shorts and his customary leather jacket, water-skiing over, yep, you guessed it, a shark.
Ridiculous and pointless.
And that's about the sum of this saccharine infested dollop of worthlessness, a punch-em-up too far for the already ailing franchise.

Rocky's return to The States after his triumph over Drago in part 4 is marred by the fact that he has suffered a form of brain damage, and Adrian's constant entreaties not to box again finally sink through his rhino thick skin. The family lose everything in a two minute aside, and they wind up back where they came from - the down trodden streets of Philadelphia. Rocky starts training fighters at Micky's gym, when in steps Tommy Gunn, the next big thing. He trains him, then the young upstart goes and....oh, frankly, who gives a shit.

Don't even bother.
Tedious and silly throughout, they don't even use the Rocky theme right until the end (a ridiculous street brawl between Rocky and Tommy).
Didn't like it. Knew I wouldn't.

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