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SteadmanSlick’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
"Whatever he hits, he destroys."
Rocky 4 is as outlandish as Rocky 2 is boring. The emotional core of the film, the journey of self discovery Rocky travels on, seems to be in direct opposition to that of Rocky 3. Rocky fights against Drago to redeem the memory of Apollo, and argues with his wife over his needing to do this: that he's a fighter, and he can't change. We must keep in mind that this is the 4th installment in the franchise, there's no topping Rocky 3 in my book, and that Paulie gets in a relationship with a robot. This is the type of movie that you can very easily turn your brain off to enjoy. And it's good enough to mark the end to a franchise, leave before you overstay your welcome. Not everything can be a perfect trilogy, like Indiana Jones, but at least Rocky is still on top at the end of this.