Rocky V (1990)
USA / English
"Go for it!
"Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.
A step up for the series
Often slated as the worst of the bunch, "Rocky V" is actually superior to
the two films that preceded it. Unlike the glossy third and fourth entries,
this one tries to be down-to-earth. Rocky loses his money, and is forced to
go back to his old neighborhood. Back in the grime of his past. That's
where he belongs, not in a mansion!
Granted, there is some cheese on display here. The music is dated and some
of the dialogue is just too obvious - the reporters at the press conference
pressure Rocky in all kinds of ridiculous ways. I also don't understand the
patriotic references; why is the villain "George Washington" Duke and why
does he say "only in America" at the end? (only in America can Rocky prove
his superiority in a street brawl?) It's also silly that the film is set
right after "Rocky IV," since all of the actors have visibly aged.
Nevertheless, there's good stuff here. Paulie finally redeems himself, and
Tommy's corruption is an interesting counterpoint to how Rocky's career
developed. The final battle is very satisfying, particularly the visions of
Mickey which inspire Rocky to get up for "one more round!!!" Ah, how I love
the moment when he rises to kick Tommy's butt. Dah-dah-dum-dum-dum-dee-dah-dah-dah!
I also love the last line - a great summary of what Rocky's character is all
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