After half an hour of Rocky IV, I thought I was watching Rocky III again. Well instead of Rocky losing the fight, it’s Apollo, and instead of Micky dying, it’s errr Apollo again. Basically there’s a big new Russian on the block – Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and he’s huge and strong (with a very short robe too). He kills Apollo in the ring and Rocky feels guilty as he didn’t throw the towel in because he promised he wouldn’t. So off he goes to Russia for the rematch.
There’s a formula here that’s being followed, the makers love a montage and we get a treat earlier on with clips from the earlier films to the sound of Robert Tepper’s No Easy Way Out. The music is great throughout and gets you going. The whole idea is brilliant as released in 1985 at the height of the Cold War we see a brave American tackle the emotionless and technological advanced Russians. Except it actually doesn’t say that. By the end I ended up feeling for Drago as he’s a victim of the system and isn’t as unfeeling as we thought.
There are a lot of good points – Adrian gets more to do, the settings are great and the overall story is a lot of fun. However you need to switch your brain off really, compared to the first film Rocky hardly says anything and if I hadn’t seen the earlier ones I wouldn’t care about the character at all. As for the robot, don’t get me started.
Right, time to buy the soundtrack and go onto the fifth film. I’ve noticed these reviews getting shorter, I’ve got a feeling the next review won’t be an epic…