Cast:Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal
What's it about
Whoever thought of casting Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as boxing champions battling it out in their old age was hoping against all odds. Grudge Match is the story of Henry 'Razor' Sharp (Stallone) and Billy 'The Kid' McDonnen ( De Niro), two retired boxers who revisit the ring for one final match. There's a back story to how they get there and of course the whole prepping up to the match bit that director Peter Segal hopes will cater to their fans. Unfortnately Stallone isn't Rocky Balboa anymore and De Niro has put up Jake Le Motta's shoes long before. So watching these two take a shot at each other is excruciatingly painful!
Those who have memories of these actors playing boxers in their former glory days will get a high watching them revisit those moments. Alan Arkin is superb as Louis 'Lightning Conlon who trains Stallone for the match. He manages to steal numerous scenes right under the nose of Hollywood's two legends.
If you have De Niro and Stallone in the ring, you better give the viewers some bang for their buck! Sadly the fight sequences stand out as a sore thumb in the entire movie. There is nothing new in the way they are choreographed. Also the background stories and how it plays out during the match doesn't really add the expcted drama. The humor is flat and forced. We wish Segal had actually let these actors improvise and bring out their personalities than saddling them with cliched roles.
What to do
Watch it without much expectation, and you won't hold a grudge against this match.