Rocky (quick movie review)

I haven’t watched Rocky from start to finish in… I dunno, at least 10, maybe 15 years. Still, it’s on TV all the time, so I catch bits and pieces every once and while. For me, Rocky Balboa is the quintessential Sylvester Stallone character (sorry, John Rambo and… guy from The Expendables whose name no one knows) – it’s also the best underdog story to ever to grace celluloid.  (Sorry, Underdog.)

When it comes to a tight montage, you just can’t do better than the first Rocky. (Sorry, Scarface.) It’s not too long, it conveys information at a rapid pace and of course, we can’t forget the music.

That’s the thing about this movie… you just can’t find a flaw. Maybe it’s not the most beautiful thing to look at in history of cinema, but it still has some stunning images. The performances are above reproach, the story is nearly flawless… how awesome is it that Rocky doesn’t win the fight? I still remember reading the screenplay in high school… the stage direction says that Rocky felt like a champion because he never gave up – he went the distance with the best, and that’s all anyone can really do. You do your best and let the chips fall where they may, as the saying goes – it’s conveyed perfectly, that’s why it continues to resonate with audiences. He proved something to himself, and he has Adrian in his life – Rocky doesn’t need anything else. It’s the perfect ending.

Say what you want about the sequels, but the first Rocky is the underdog sports movie everyone has been imitating ever since. A true classic that I’m long over due to re watch!

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  1. My favorite scene is near the end of the fight is when Apollo knock Rocky down, goes to his corner and thinks the fight is over… Mickey keeps telling Rocky to stay down but he gets back up and gives Apollo the “c’mon” gesture, and Apollo has this look, like, “I can’t believe this!”

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