Not many new moves in this round of `Rocky'

Review C

December 20, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Rocky is back. Yay.

Strictly for nostalgia lovers, Rocky Balboa - the latest in a film franchise that stretches back three decades - resurrects everyone's favorite underdog heavyweight boxing champion for one last go at the title. Hero worshipers who cherish the Rocky character will doubtless enjoy what amounts to a stroll down fantasy lane, as the 60-year-old Balboa revisits his old haunts (even the skating rink where he and Adrian fell in love) and tries to recapture some of the old magic. Others, however, should recognize Rocky Balboa for the self-indulgent exercise it is, and regret why star-writer-director Sylvester Stallone couldn't once again have left well enough alone.

The movie would have audiences believe that the years since 1990's Rocky V have not been kind to our hero. His beloved Adrian has passed on and their kid, Rocky Jr., finds dad an embarrassment and is trying to get out from under his shadow. Truth be told, however, things aren't all that bad. Rocky runs a successful restaurant, he's still loved and recognized by most of Philadelphia, and for a guy of 60, he looks pretty good.

Rocky Balboa (MGM) Starring Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver. Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. Rated PG. Time 100 minutes.

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