Creed II (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Creed desert training – “Runnin (feat. A$AP Rocky & Jacob Banks)”
2) Creed with his baby in the gym. A well-written scene but badly executed.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Tessa Thompson plot was tedious
2) The climax was supposed to give some redemption to Ivan Drago but by the end of the movie, you feel bad for this character.
3) We already knew about the regular “come-back” plot but this sequel haven’t got the soul of Rocky. The direction is awful.

 

 

QUOTE –
Ivan Drago: Because of you… I lose everything. My country. Respect. You ever see stray dogs in the Ukraine? They go for days without food. People spit on them, they are nothing. No home. Only will to survive… to fight. I have son. All he knows…… is this.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Yondu’s sacrifice will go down as one of the most emotional moment in Marvel’s history.
2) Perfect balance among all characters
3) Fresh humor
4) Cameos – especially David Hasselhoff
5) Establishing Stan Lee as an important character completing the MCU cameo-arc.
6) Sylvester Stallone & Michelle Yeoh – Now part of MCU !

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

Drax: When you’re ugly and someone loves you, it means they love you for who you are. Beautiful people never know who to trust.

Last Action Hero (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/5

 
Pros –

1) A John McTiernan all-time classic
2) Star-Cast: Anthony Quinn, Art Carney, Charles Dance and many more.
3) Meaningful cameos especially Ian McKellen as Death & Humphrey Bogart.

 
Cons –

1) A satire on itself.

 

 
Quote –
Jack Slater: Big mistake!

Creed (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Emotional roller coaster for Rocky fans. He remains one of the most loved character on silver-screen.
2) High Octane final bout.
3) Final “Steps Of Rocky” scene
4) Tessa Thompson as Bianca

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Rocky Balboa: Everything I got has moved on & I’m here.

Rocky III (1982)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Mr. T as Clubber Lang and his quotes
2) Hulk Hogan as Thunderlips
3) Training regime (Balboa-Creed toe-to-toe)
4) Eye Of The Tiger

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Interviewer: Do you hate Rocky?
Clubber Lang: No, I don’t hate Balboa. I pity the fool.”

Rocky II (1979)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Last minutes of Rocky-I used as the opening sequence
2) Story continued from the same spot
3) Music
4) Training montage
5) Rocky reading The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County by Edgar Rice Burroughs to Adrian

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Rocky Balboa: I just got one thing to say… to my wife at home: Yo, Adrian! I DID IT!”

Rocky (1976)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5 /5

Pros –
1) A romance of a dumb struggling boxer and a shy pet-shop girl in the backdrop of a sports drama where the result of the match is irrelevant.
2) Music: Bill Conti
3) Rocky’s monologue against Mickey. (almost “I coulda’ been a contender”)
4) Training sequences and the Rocky Steps.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Rocky: I didn’t have no favors from you! Don’t slum around me. Talkin’ about your prime. What about my prime, Mick? At least you had a prime! I didn’t have no prime. I didn’t have nothing’! “