Captures everything fantastic about the early Rocky films and brings it into the modern era in a way that most reboots never can. It's uplifting, emotionally involving, shows itself to be a direct descendant of the first few Rocky films but adds its own flavour and vibe.
I reckon this deserved to be among the other best picture nominees. Just a damn solid movie that goes by the book and exceeds expectations (despite the cliches and callbacks).
Rylance was brilliant in BoS but I honestly preferred Stallone's performance over his. Vulnerable but as endearing as ever.
Also, the love interest was definitely influenced by FKA Twigs.
I've been rewatching the Rocky films recently, so I just watched this one. I don't know, there's something really deep in the first few Rocky films and this one that really gets to me. You see it in the relationship between Rocky and Adrian, in how Rocky just walks around Philly and in Rocky himself. It's hard to explain.
This film was by the book and if the sequel gets made, it will go by the book. I predict Donnie's rise into the upper echelons and his struggle- subsequently resulting in his champion title win, the struggles of his girlfriend losing her hearing and Rocky's still declining health. But I'll be fine with that if it captures the feelings and overall competency of this film (and Rocky 2).