A stirring reboot for the role that made Sylvester Stallone's name. 3/5 stars
The star returns to his most famous role and, though he may be almost a pensioner and a bit chunky and crinkly, he proves he’s still in fighting fit shape.
Former boxing champ Rocky’s now a widower running a restaurant in Philadelphia but, with the help of his old pal Paulie (Burt Young), gets a chance for a comeback exhibition match against current heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver.
Before that, you have to watch Rocky mourn his dead wife, make good with his stroppy son and cosy up to a single mum from the old neighbourhood.
It’s ridiculous, of course, but Sly’s a winner all the way and this warm, soapy drama, climaxing with a fantastic fight, is a real crowd-pleaser.