Monday, June 15, 2009

Rocky (1976)

"Rocky" is really a love story between a down and out boxer and a shy pet shop worker.  Rocky and Adrian connect by "filling in gaps."  They help each other in every imaginable way.  They are the definition of true love.  

Apollo Creed is the heavy weight champion of the world and he is looking to give a nobody boxer a chance at the title.  He finds out about Rocky and gives him the shot.  Rocky ends up taking on the challenge.  Rocky knows that he has no chance to win, but more than anything, he wants to go the distance with Creed.  If Rocky is still standing after the 15th round, he will know he is not just "another bum from the neighborhood."

"Rocky" is one of the best movies in film history.  It won three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing.  All of the acting is excellent in this movie.  Stallone is amazing as Rocky.  His image has been ruined over the years for bad film decisions, but "Rocky" proves that he does have the talent to be one of the best actors of all time.  Not only is Stallone incredible in this movie with his acting ability, but Stallone also wrote the script.  It is one of the most inspirational scripts ever written.  People forget how talented Stallone is.  Revisit "Rocky" to see proof of his ability.

The other actors were all great as well.  Burgess Meredith, Burt Young, Talia Shire, and Carl Weathers are all perfect in their roles.  

Besides Stallone, the best thing about "Rocky" is the music.  Bill Conti wrote a great score.  His score is highlighted with the song "Gonna Fly Now".  It is one of the most recognizable themes in film history and you can't help but be motivated when hearing the theme.  Everyone knows the scene of Rocky running up the steps in Philadelphia with this music playing.

Another thing that Stallone did that was great was the actual choreography of the fight.  It is one of the best boxing matches shown on film, if not the best.  It never lets up.  The way it begins, the montage of rounds, the 14th round, and the final round are just brilliant.  

I can't say enough good things about "Rocky".  It really is one of the best films ever made.  People need to see it to appreciate Stallone for the true genius that he is.  

A  I recommend it.  

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