Yes, Rocky won an Oscar and regarded as one of the best sport movies of all time but I think it is unfair to place this film under the ‘sports’ movie banner. Yes it’s about a man who fights up the ladder and gets a one in a million shot to fight the champion but Rocky has very little boxing in a boxing film. The boxing is a secondary plot here. It is a more rag to riches love story.
Criticism lies with the cheesy-ness of this film and it’s follow ups. The sequels weren’t as great, they kind of tarnished the original. I love the whole saga don’t get me wrong but the original is completely different to the sequels. The only sequel to match the tone of the original is Rocky Balboa. the boxing takes the backseat.
The original is a small, beautiful film that pulls at the heartstrings from the subtle acting of Stallone and Talia Shire, and the supporting of Burt Young and the magnificent Burgess Meredith. The amazing and emotional soundtrack by Bill Conti adds a majestic touch to the film. I have seen this film about 50 times because it’s such a sweet, emotional and joyful ride.
This is not just a boxing film but a small film that has a lot of heart. It connected to me and made me fall in love with the sport and the whole saga of which I marathon at least once a year. A story of love, inspiration and determination. A beautiful film.
30 day Movie Challenge- day 8 - A Movie that you’ve seen countless times- Rocky (1976) Now everyone should of seen or even heard about this film. This is a classic and is one of my favourite films. I’m a massive Rocky fan and I love them all, doesn’t matter how stupid they get. It’s a typical rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer nearing retirement gets given the chance to face the champion, Apollo Creed. Honestly this film, boxing is the back story, the relationship between Rocky and Adrian is the most beautiful thing about this film. Them too have such a great connection on screen that makes their relationship so believable and so sweet. Mickey, the trainer is brilliant as the disheveled trainer and every scene he’s in, he steals it. This films plays heavily on the fact that this is Mickey and Rocky’s final chance at making an impact. The fighting in the ring is definitely outdated but the story is just as fresh as it was 36 years ago. The love story is fantastic, the rags to riches story is inspiring, it has so much memorable quotes (Yo Adrian!!!) memorable scenes (Running up the stairs to the Art Museum) and the soundtrack is absolutely fantastic. It works so well with the film. It’s amazing that this was made with a $1 million budget and it made back $225 million, won an three Oscar including best picture and has become a classic in the art of film. This film makes me smile and I love this film and inspired me to indulge myself in the art of film. Film Rating 9/10