This Oscar-winning saga which spawned a number of sequels depicts a classic underdog story of a small town boxer named Rocky Balboa who is given the chance to go head-to-head with a heavy weight champion named Apollo Creed.
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The movie that created the book of clichés for sports movies stands the best of its kind: "Rocky" is about the losers of the american dream, with a character that is, in general, the spirit of the outsider communities in a big country. And none of its 4 first sequels keeps that spirit. They just transformed the character in a plastic representation for convenient reasons, a.k.a "just another easy way of profit".
Surprise!! It's not a boxing movie. Well, there is boxing involved, but this film was definitely more than I expected. I won't ruin the film for the five people who still haven't seen it yet (no offense, I was #6 until this morning), but the final words of the film are words that I would usually hate to hear as film-enders. But by God they were the perfect ending to this film.
Stallone doesn't bother with reading the script anymore. He just checks that there's a scene where he uncontrollably yells out in public about his short-comings and his will to stop living the life he's trapped in.
What an odd, sweet, surprising little movie this is. It's not really a boxing movie; it's a slice-of-life about a simple guy who happens to box a guy at the end. Most of the film we just follow Rocky around his days as he sees friends, walks the neighborhood, chats up a girl, talks to his boss. Normal stuff from a normal guy (until it's not). It should be boring but somehow it's quite endearing. I give it a solid B.