It's a Knockout; Film Rocky Balboa (Cert 12a) Stars Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes and Milo Ventimiglia' Director Sylvester Stallone. 102 Mins Rating: ****

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It's a Knockout; Film Rocky Balboa (Cert 12a) Stars Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Antonio Tarver, Geraldine Hughes and Milo Ventimiglia' Director Sylvester Stallone. 102 Mins Rating: ****


Byline: Philip Key THE BIG PICTURE

THOSE who witnessed the unexpected sight of Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone at the Everton game at the weekend report that he looked decidedly peculiar. Odd he may look off-screen, but on-screen the magic still works.

One thing that ought not to have worked was his return to his boxer Rocky character, first created 30 years ago. Stallone was then 30 and fighting fit, but who would want to watch a 60-year-old man in the ring? Strange as it may seem, Rocky at near pensionable age does work and rather well.

The trick is in making this a movie about old age and what men of determination can still do.

Stallone, as with the first film, wrote the script so he obviously had a personal view about the theme. The truth is that Stallone still looks pretty good, although there is no attempt to disguise what old age can bring.

When he goes back into training, his coach tells him that his legs are tired, he has calcium on his joints and he has lost his speed. What he does have is sheer determination.

The film opens with Rocky mourning the death of his wife Adrian, spending regular time sitting on a chair gazing at her grave (he is such a regular visitor that he deposits the fold-up chair in the branches of a handy tree for his next visit).

He is running a restaurant named after his dead wife and regaling diners with stories of his old fights. Less impressed with his reminiscences is his son Rocky Jnr (Milo Ventimiglia) who is trying to make his own way in the business world without being constantly reminded of his father's past exploits.

Even his old chum Paulie (Burt Young, who has been in every Rocky film) is getting fed up with Rocky's need to recall the past.

It is only when a computer simulation of a fight between Rocky and current champ Mason "The Line" Dixon (Antonio Tarver) shows Rocky winning that the return to the ring is suggested by promoters. …

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