The sixth & final instalment in the Rocky film series, Rocky Balboa is the perfect conclusion of the Rocky saga and is a finale that this iconic franchise always deserved. My favourite of the series, without a doubt, Rocky Balboa remains the only sequel in the series that has the heart, soul & passion of the first film infused in its storyline, features huge improvements in many of its aspects, and pays its homage to the original in a respectable manner.
Remember when Danny Mcbride was the biggest concern we had for this film? Halcyon days, in retrospect.
In all honesty, I'm surprised how much leeway this is being given in some quarters. It's a terrible film.
Dead simple dichotomy: in Alien/Aliens, the characters do the logical thing for the most part, only failing in simple human ways, being inferior to the alien, or being sabotaged. In Prometheus and this pile of whoopsie, every single decision is a stupid decision.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I know hindsight is a wonderful thing but I'm thinking Ridley Scott should never have returned to the Alien franchise, you know.
I can understand why he did. There is certainly a backstory to be told regarding the events prior to Alien and he probably felt, having directed the film that started it all off, that he was the best man for the job.
The cynical side of me comes up with another reason why he might have returned. Did…
Here we go again - another round of dumb people in space. A slight improvement over Prometheus, but not by much. Go watch Life instead. Yes, it's derivative, but it still manages to be more suspenseful and satisfying than this dull by-the-numbers rehashing of bits from Scott's previous entries in the series.
What on paper might be seen as simply a lower budget "Kick-Ass" knock off, turns out to be a surprisingly thoughtful deconstruction of the type of "Call To Action" Superhero flick you'd expect it to be.
This isn't "Kick-Ass" where the main characters are really heroes who stop a big bad guy during the climax, this is a guy who simply lost his wife and wants to find some meaning in his life by way of beating up criminals with…
Whatever you want from a movie, it should at least do what it says on the tin.
With Marvel, most tins are interchangable. Fun, but in essence the same tin with a different label.
The first Guardians was a completely different tin.
Many will say that the second is that same tin done over again.
And they'd be right.
That's why it's so bloody brilliant.
Like some bizarre Star Wars/Barbarella love child, Gunn's creation is an absurd rainbow with a…
So James Gunn owns this franchise, he has the emotion and the magic again and I kinda hope he takes care of the characters for the Avengers movie that's coming up.
Baby Groot is fun and stays the right side of cute.
But the real star is Dave Bautista, every line that comes out his mouth is comedy gold! Like they realised how funny the character was in the first movie and built all the comedy around him this time!
There are some slow moments with Quill and Gamora and Ego, but it builds to something worthwhile.
I'm now away to arrange a repeat viewing!
Your daily reminder that Stallone movies never used to be cheesy, that 90-minute action movies are the best kind of action movie, that the Pacific Northwest is one of the most cinematic environments, that Jerry Goldsmith could do no wrong, that John Rambo is more-or-less a weaponized Frankenstein's monster created by Trautman, that Brian Dennehy's character has the name Will Teasle, that Stallone's body fat used to be 2.3%, that director Ted Kotcheff also made Weekend at Bernie's. That is all.
One of the downsides of my dad showing me a lot of extremely unsuitable Clint Eastwood films when I was a young kid was that I wasn't really emotionally prepared for endings such as the one witnessed in Thunderbolt And Lightfoot.
Even as someone who has matured to the point where he is supposed to be able to handle this sort of thing a lot better, it's still quite…