This time Rocky takes on the evil Russkies in this fourth film in the Rocky franchise.
May 10, 2009
Rocky, on the verge of stupidity (which he achieves in the next film) over comes adversity (yet again) to fight a muscled bounded, steroid fueled monster Ivan Drago. The big question in this movie is why does Rocky risk his health and the few brain cells he has left to try and challenge a lab made genetic freak like Drago. By this time in the franchise Rocky has more guts than brains (a lot more). If I was Rocky's wife I would've put him in a sanatorium (didn't he see what Drago did to his friend and punchy buddy Apollo Creed?)
But I digress. Rocky IV suffers from being padded out with several music videos and some very hammy acting from the supporting cast. Talia Shire doing her whinny "wench" shtick "You can't win, etc. etc, etc." Carl Weathers co-stars as a washed up punching bag who inspires Rocky to take on a roided up monster in the guise of Dolph Lundgren. Sly had to put in his current squeeze into the picture Brigitte Nielsen who plays Natasha to Michael Pataki's Boris (I wonder how many episodes of Rocky and Bullwinkle did he watch before he got that Boris accent down pat)? Burt Young plays himself (more or less) as Rocky's brother-in-law Paulie.
Seriously, has there been a bigger Us vs Them story ever? One where it almost seems to be what the entire story is based on? One side vs another all embodied by two men, one man on each side in a boxing ring? Even the opening of the movie has two big boxing gloved stone fists, one emblazoned with the American flag, the other Russian crashing into each other. Heres the lodown on this movie made during the height of 80's coldwar. Russia has petitioned to have it's … more