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Written by: David Koepp (screenplay by)
Administered by: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jake Johnson
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Sylvester Stallone has entertained millions in his nearly fifty year career. This retrospective takes an intimate look at the actor, writer and director-producer as they contrast his inspiring life story.
This feels self-serving. If you want some insight into Sly’s most famous work, this will give you plenty. If you want to see the less flattering details of his life or his personal life, it skips. This is a documentary about Sly from Sly; He is making up this story. It’s not necessarily bad except it feels good. As a quick introduction to some of his most famous films, it does that. Past that, this leaves a lot out.
Sylvester Stallone is an action movie star. His most famous movie is Rocky and Rambo. At the age of seventy-five he is still entertaining. Through various interviews, I always found him to be more introspective than stereotyped.
In the first scene Sly talks about regrets and how time goes by so fast. His aim is to fix that through writing and painting. He also talks about moving and starting over, and while there are many intercut shots of a crew packing up his house, it’s unclear why he’s moving or where he’s going.
|Sylvester ‘Sly’ Stallone|
Sly visits his old neighborhood. I thought it was going to be a road trip down memory lane, but that’s the only trip Sly takes. From there it jumps into making Rocky, and it starts to feel like the making of that movie rather than about Sly. It eventually made its way into some of his other movies.
My favorite story is how excited he was to work with Robert De Niro police land, and how he went off script to push De Niro into the scene he wanted. De Niro also went ahead with the scene and it turned out just as Stallone wanted. Schwarzenegger also makes a cameo and talks about his proposal Stop or my mother will shoot.
Stallone discussed some of his worst movies, and I expected him to go into more detail about how he reimagined his most famous movies. Is he still making movies because he wants to fix the past as he claims in the opening scene? What motivates him to continue? What was it like again? Rocky Voting rights through religion? Does he feel cheap? rambo Continually adding franchises.
I wanted more from this. We don’t have to delve into his lowest moments, but I want it to feel less like a commercial for Sly’s greatest hits. What makes someone so successful as to continue to create well into retirement?