This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Very well done. This film was incredibly well shot, had a lot of heart, and kept the spirit of the original Rocky alive while maintaining a thoroughly modern feel. I especially enjoyed the scenes in which Adonis was caring for Rocky during his cancer treatments, which were both a riff on the traditional training montage, and a great expression of masculine and filial intimacy. Throughout the entire film--and those scenes in particular--I was constantly reminded of Thomas Page McBee's excellent article on boxing, violence, masculinity, and bonding/community: qz.com/613980/why-men-fight-an-empirical-investigation-of-the-extremes-of-masculinity/
In short, not just a great boxing film, but a great film.
Meh. There was an episode of Leverage a few years ago that was very similar, and was actually better.
This might have worked better if, like Thank You For Smoking, the film had stuck to its guns. Instead we get a frame story about a blonde lady trying to be the conscience of Latin America...