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The franchise was always a strange mixture of naturalistic affectation and bombastic cheese. This reboot of sorts walks the tightrope between blue collar pretension and over the top melodrama. The result is a stylish, enjoyable story that doesn’t feel the need for Russian supermen or robot butlers. Like Star Wars, putting new blood behind and in front of the camera while keeping some old faces around has resulted in something that feels like it might be a fresh start. Compare and contrast to the hagiography of Rocky Balboa.