Rocky Balboa details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia, Geraldine Hughes, Antonio Tarver, Tony Burton, James Francis Kelly, Bert Sugar, Max Kellerman, Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Drama, Sport|
|Studio:||20th CENTURY FOX|
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 May 2007|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Rocky Balboa steps into the ring for the last time to face heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.
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Decent closing of a mediocre franchiseBy McClennan (424 reviews) from St Helens , 01 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]A surprise in the end that it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it was going to be, which isn't to say that this film is consistently good because it's not. In fact, the first hour of the film is standard Rocky territory with badly written dialogue and heavy-handed direction to emphasise to us that things just-aren't-the-same-as-they-used-to-be. It's choc full of the franchise cliches and really doesn't drift from them, delivering what you expect in terms of story. If you want to see the same film as you've seen several times before then you'll be happy. However that isn't to say that there's not some good moments in the film because there is. Despite his success the main character's post-career progress rings with a believable truth and although he doesn't quite give us the character study that we want, Stallone shows glimpses of a man tinged with a sadness that you sympathise with. To me though it didn't feel that the character was aware of the sadness that I felt for his situation as he seemed relatively happy doing what he was doing. Beyond the poor dialogue and predictable script there's some nice touches and comments about the current state of world heavyweight boxing, America and a terribly cheesy speech to a teenager that does actually work. It's when we get to the final act that the film steps up a bit with the training montage and then some great camera work and editing as the main fight comes onto the screen. The fight itself starts well but within seconds you're into Rockyworld and the realism disappears (one of my main criticisms of the first film). Eventually the character's honesty and sincerity wins you over leaving you with a strangely moving end as the film becomes the epitaph for a character that has dominated Stallone's life for so long.
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Disappointing filmBy LilPrincessPeaches (4 reviews) , 20 Jun 2012Rented this for my hubby, who hadn't seen it, in fact, he didn't know it had even been made! As a big Rocky fan, he was very disappointed.
not badBy Rhyno5k (70 reviews) from Plymouth , 05 Nov 2011Great film.
After watching the films through this isn't the strongest but very very good,sly looks pretty good in the ring after all these years,recommend this definatly
Not the best, but a fitting homage to the legacyBy DBsKnees (5 reviews) from All over the place , 05 Sep 2011Let's face it, those of us that grew up with the countless Rocky films and grew to love it - they were never works of art and I don't think realism was high on the list of priorities.
However, with the rallying comebacks, the shouts of 'Aaaadrian' and the 'Rocky theme' - this film brought a lot of joy to our hearts and there is an undoubted legendary status that has been bestowed on this film franchise.
I finally got round to watching this - having seen all the previous films, and grew up loving each and every one - from Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago, and Tommy Gunn!
The film is a bit disappointing to start with, where the main focus is a directionless, lost Rocky Balboa - basically existing to begin with, but there is not much depth there, although with his loss of his beloved Adrian to cancer and wondering what to do in his 'retirement', it is definitely a realistic premise. It almost reminds of 'The Wrestler' - although that was a vastly superior film.
But when it steps up is where Rocky has always done it best before - the training montage, the rousing music, the fight scene - which includes flashbacks to old Rocky fight scenes when he's struggling and excellent slo mos' - I actually found myself shouting at the screen in joy.
At the end of it when the final round ends, I was quite sad, and, yes, I admit - shed a tear - it is certainly the end of an era, and although the film is a little here and there in terms of storyline and structure - I do think it was meant as a fitting homage to films that spanned a good 30 years.
wont buy it anywayBy silverhawk (13 reviews) , 23 Jun 2011rocky balboa wow what a let down give me the classics any day the fight scene not great to fast and the story well once again not great the only good part about the about this movie has to be the fact they still had the original cast well paulie anyway who knows bout the rest
SEEN IT ALL BEFOREBy a customer , 18 Apr 2011Not bad but seen it all before!
A fitting end to what has been dragged out and should have stopped at the 4th installment.
Would have this title in my collection but only because it is part of the series and would'nt go out of my way to watch it.