That may be part of the reason for some people. For me, Michael B. Jordan is generic / lacks charisma; he's not even in the same league as Carl Weathers. Plus, his ghetto slang was annoying.
The final opponent sucked. He looked like someone's drunk uncle at a wedding. I don't care if he was realistic due to being a real boxer; in a movie I'd rather have larger-than-life characters, like Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. He even had a generic-sounding name that I can't even remember, even though I watched the movie last night.
The Lifetime Network / Soap Opera "battling cancer" crap sucked pretty hard.
"Rap", or "hip-hop", or whatever the hell it's called, is a joke.
Even though this movie takes place in the Rocky universe, there's no one from there except for Stallone. Burt Young is still alive, but they inexplicably killed his character off.
Retconning Apollo Creed into an adulterer just to pave the way for this not-so-great storyline was ridiculous.
It wasn't written by Stallone, and as a consequence, it didn't feel like a Rocky movie at all.
There was no humor whatsoever.
Why doesn't Rocky appear to be rich? He would have made millions off his fight with Mason Dixon.
Shot on cheap video instead of expensive film. Also, it was in the wrong aspect ratio compared to the 6 Rocky movies.
"Burt Young is still alive, but they inexplicably killed his character off."
Paulie was really unhealthy and his days had been counted for a while. Come on in Rocky Balboa he looks like he's dying. He was a total alcoholic with a very harmful lifestyle. It isn't really surprising that they killed the character to add some drama.
>It isn't really surprising that they killed the character to add some drama.
It didn't add any drama. He died offscreen before the events of the movie even took place. And no, there was nothing to suggest he was dying in Rocky Balboa, nor is it established that he's an alcoholic (not that being an alcoholic is an automatic death sentence anyway).
Wasting one of the best characters of the Rocky series while the actor is still alive is asinine.
I think they killed him off to illustrate how lonely Rocky was at that point. He needed Creed as much as Creed needed him.
Besides, people die. That is just life.