Sly (2023) Review



Sly is an entertaining dive into the life of one of cinema’s greatest action stars with fun interviews with the likes of Arnold, Tarantino and more. I wish it was a little longer but it still makes for an entertaining and easy watch reminding us why we love Sylvester Stallone as the underdog who can’t be kept down.

Plot: For nearly 50 years, Sylvester Stallone has entertained millions with iconic characters and blockbuster franchises, from “Rocky” to “Rambo.” This documentary tells his underdog story and its parallels with the characters he brought to life.

Review: I know this isn’t an action movie but Sylvester Stallone is arguably the greatest action star of all-time alongside Arnold, so it only feels right that I did a review for his new Netflix documentary Sly. At around 90 minutes it’s much shorter than Arnold’s documentary from a few months back and I do think that is the superior one as it goes into more detail.

Sly is still a great insight into a beloved legend of the genre and with Stallone you always feel like he is telling you exactly like it is with no bullshit. This documentary goes over the various highs and lows of his career mostly exploring the Rocky and Rambo (and Expendables) franchise but I would have liked more discussions on Cobra and how it could have been different.

It’s still very frank and it’s hard not be inspired by Stallone who has always been seen as underdog much like his creation Rocky. Just when people count him out he comes back and surprises everyone.

It makes for a quick 90 minutes and we get some fun interviews including Quentin Tarantino and Arnie who discusses their rivalry in the 80’s and how they really were just behaving like big kids. I’ve always been a fan of Frank Stallone who mentions how his career was affected by Sly’s success, so he’s always been in his shadow but he is every bit as talented.

Overall, Sly is an entertaining look into one of the all-time great action stars giving us candid interviews and honest looks into the reality of making it in Hollywood. I would have liked it to be a little longer and explore a few more aspects of his life but what we get is thoroughly entertaining and a must-see.