ROCKY HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW: “Rocky III” stars Sylvester Stallone (Escape Plan, Cliffhanger), Talia Shire (The Godfather: Part III, The Deported), Burt Young (Win Win, Once Upon a Time in America), Carl Weathers (Predator, In the Heat of the Night [TV series]), Burgess Meredith (Clash of the Titans , Grumpy Old Men), Tony Burton (The Shining, Shade), Mr. T (The A-Team [TV series], Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), and Hulk Hogan (Suburban Commando, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain). It is written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. In this third installment of the “Rocky” franchise, Rocky (Stallone) is living the life of a boxing superstar. He hasn’t lost a match since he beat Apollo Creed (Weathers) in a rematch and becomes so loved by the public that they make a statue of him. After they make the statue of him though, Rocky decides to step down from the boxing business and no one is happy about that. Especially an undefeated boxer named Clubber Lang (Mr. T). Lang challenges Rocky to fight him to prove that he is a better fighter than he is. Rocky will need to train hard and find the eye of the tiger he once had to defeat this beast and keep his title of the heavyweight champion of the world.
“Rocky III”….honestly, this wasn’t a bad movie. The plot was an interesting one and had more to it then the previous movie with a new fighter and a new take on Rocky and his life. It was well executed and it was entertaining. When it comes to the flow of the movie, this one has improved and it didn’t really drag like the other films. The acting was good as always with everyone doing a great job. I will say that some of the acting was cheesy though, mainly with Mr. T. But, I have to admit, he played a cool character and I liked his performance nonetheless. Mixing it up with Apollo Creed being Rocky’s trainer was also a nice touch. It changed his workouts and gave a different training montage, which was well needed. The characters were well-written like always and I am always interested in the growing relationship of Adrian (Shire) and Rocky and his friendship with Apollo. Sylvester Stallone really knows how to write his characters. With this movie found two cons. The first would be, like the last one, how it repeats the same archetype of the last movies. Other than Apollo training him and Rocky fighting Clubber Lang, this movie repeats the same key factors over again: Rocky retires, Rocky comes out of retirement to fight, Rocky fights. It would be better if they found a different way to bring something unpredictable to the story. The last con would be how the fight at the end wasn’t as memorable as the last two. It was awesome to see punches thrown and a fight go down, and although it was a great ending to a fight, it didn’t seem to have the pizzazz of the last two movies. Overall, this movie is entertaining and still keeps true to the “Rocky” franchise. I enjoyed it and I am sure that any fan of the first movie would too! FINAL SCORE: 81%= Juicy Popcorn
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