It’s pure nostalgia but I unabashedly love Rocky IV. The film is so ridiculous that it sort of flips around into brilliance. Much of the film is just montages set to some of the most catchy rock music that could be found in the mid 1980’s.
Stallone wrote and directed again and now almost all traces of the quirky characters and drama is gone, replaced with the training and the fight. This is the fastest-paced Rocky film, completely entertaining at every moment and I love the ending’s earnestness as Rocky single-handedly resolves the Cold War. Also having Lundgren play the silent and deadly adversary was a stroke of genius. His threat level is ultra high in this. Crazy, over the top, wacky, and the most entertaining Rocky yet.