ROCKY HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW: “Rocky II” stars Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, The Expendables), Talia Shire (The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II), Burt Young (Once Upon a Time in America, Chinatown), Carl Weathers (Predator, Happy Gilmore), Burgess Meredith (Grumpy Old Men, G.I. Joe: The Movie), and Tony Burton (The Shining, Hook). It is written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. Set shortly after the first movie, “Rocky II” sheds light on the aftermath of the fight. Rocky (Stallone) goes into retirement because Adrian (Shire) doesn’t want him to get hurt. They then get married and are living the life off of the money that Rocky won from the fight, even though he lost. It all comes to a halt though when they spend almost all of their money, leaving Rocky to find a job which doesn’t lead anywhere. Meanwhile, Apollo Creed (Weathers) is itching for a rematch. Even though he won, a bunch of people think that Rocky won and send Apollo hate mail because of how he couldn’t knock out a nobody in the first two rounds. Apollo demands that Rocky comes out of retirement and face him to see once and for all, who is the real champion.
Knowing that there are five more “Rocky” movies other than the first one, I was skeptical of this movie. I thought it might end up being really cheesy and low quality with a repeat of the same story. Although some thighs were repeated, this movie trend out pretty good. The story overall is really good for a sequel and I thought that it was entertaining. I like how funny Rocky is and his relationship with Adrian is fun to watch. All the characters are great in this and the writers know how to establish them well. The performances were good with Sylvester Stallone still playing it great as Rocky. Everyone else did a good job too. There are two cons I found with this movie. The first is that there are repeated parts that are done with this movie: Rocky running up those long steps, Apollo fighting Rocky for all fifteen rounds, and Rocky going down in the dumps to name a few. Of course it’s iconic to see Rocky race up those steps, but with all the other things being the same, it’s like you’re watching the first movie again. The last con would be how long it takes to get to the climax. I want to see a fight and you have to build up to it. But Rocky doesn’t start to train until three-quarters into the movie. The rest is just his life and trying to get by. Although it can be interesting at times, it can drag. In its entirety, “Rocky II” is a fun watch and a movie that doesn’t shame the franchise. I recommend anyone to not turn it down after seeing the first one because I’m sure that you’d enjoy it! FINAL SCORE: 83%= Juicy Popcorn
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