908. Rocky V

Title: Rocky V
Director:  John G. Avildsen
Year: 1990
Run time: 1hr 44m

“Triumphant over his greatest challenge with Russian boxer/killer Drago, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is about to face an even bigger challenge – himself! Back home from Russia, people begin to note a slurring of his diction… which worsens. Rocky suffered brain damage from his bout with the murderous Drago. To make matters even worse, Rocky is left broke by mismanagement of his fortune. Despite his desire to get into the ring, Rocky must retire and find a means of supporting his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire), and their son, Rocky Jr. (Sage Stallone). Economics force the family back to the seedy Philadelphia neighbourhood they thought they had left forever. But Rocky has new hope for a promising young boxer – Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison).”

Live blog

4:49 – It’s so good that each film picks up exactly where the last one left off.
5:56 – Having said that… the kid has aged about four years. How long was he actually in Russia?
9:40 – What happens to the belt if the champion retires?
13:09 – “Hey look at my face, do I look like a raccoon?”
17:34 – Ye olde brain scans are interesting.
21:31 – The hat’s back!
24:36 – Motivisation.
32:11 – Rocky making bad dad jokes is kinda painful.
35:55 – This duke guy is not nice.
41:38 – “I don’t think you listen too good.”
47:06 – Apparently Rocky can’t tell the difference between macaroni and spaghetti.
57:04 – I’m loving the determination of the kid to train himself.
1:00:46 – Bubble training.
1:06:36 – Yo-yo-yo, Paulie makes the worst santa ever.
1:09:05 – The kid’s dangling earring is really annoying me.
1:24:54 – I get why Adrian is worried, but there doesn’t seem to be any pleasing her at this point.
1:33:13 – Okay, too much punching now.
1:37:46 – Why would they only arrest Tommy and not Rocky?
1:40:12 – “Yea, well I love almost everybody.” He’s so adorable.

Conclusions

After Rocky IV didn’t quite live up to the expectations of the previous three outings, I wasn’t expecting too much from this fifth Rocky appearance. Thankfully, it was a lot better than that one. I have to admit that the kid was pretty annoying, and any moment he was wearing that dangling earring, I wanted to rip it out of his ear.

But the rest of it was good – the same old interesting dilemmas, to fight or not to fight, who to go to for the best management, how to tell who’s in it for the right reasons. I also quite liked that this one didn’t end with a big ol’ fight in the ring but mixed it up with that brawl in the street. Too much punching, as always, but hey, it’s a Rocky film.

Rating: 4/5.