MOVIE REVIEW: “Rocky” stars Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, The Expendables), Talia Shire (The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II), Burt Young (Once Upon a Time in America, Rocky Balboa), Carl Weathers (Predator, In the Heat of the Night), Burgess Meredith (Grumpy Old Men, Rocky II), and Thayer David (Dark Shadows [TV series], The Eiger Sanction). This movie is about a “nobody” boxer named Rocky Balboa (Stallone) that is struggling to get his big break. He is constantly being told that he is a bum and has always been given the short end of the stick in life. Everything changes for him though when the famous, undefeatable heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Weathers) calls him out to fight him in a legendary exhibition match for publicity. Rocky then trains for the match while finding himself with his love interest, Adrian (Shire), hoping that this match can finally make him a “somebody”.
This movie is a cult classic, but yet I have never seen it before. And now that I have, I have to agree with the consensus. This movie is truly a piece of history. The story is really about a prepping for a boxing match, but yet behind it all, there is much more. I thought that, when it started, I would just be seeing a bunch of dialogue about nothing. Although there is a lot of dialogue, this movie barely bored me. The beginning was a bit rocky (see what I did there?), but it eventually found itself and picked up. The acting was also really good and it is a first that I have seen Sylvester Stallone actually act in a really good role. All of the actors did a fantastic job as well and really brought their characters to life. Looking at the characters, Rocky and Adrian started off as a really odd couple for me, but they began to bloom into something great towards the end and I give props to that. The theme of this movie is probably the best part altogether. It is really to never back out of an opportunity that comes your way and to give it your all, no matter how scary it can get. I took this movie’s message to heart and I’m sure everyone else did as well once they’ve seen it. It definitely relates to anyone at any time in any situation. Watching the ending of this movie gave a really good vibe and it is an ending to remember. One con of this movie would be, like I mentioned before, the beginning was a bit rough. The last con would have to be the whole “you know what I mean?” thing. Apparently it’s Rocky’s favorite saying, and boy does he say it a lot. It’s fine to hear, but in some parts it just gets annoying. Other than those, this movie is a classic and whoever hasn’t seen it needs to see it! FINAL SCORE: 96%= Juicy Popcorn
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