Rocky Balboa

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Thirty years have past since we sat ringside and cheered wildly though the award winning Rocky. For the next fifteen years, we suffered through sequels 2, 3, 4 and the torturous Rocky 5. Questions – as if there are any – will be answered in the latest entry in the mind numbing series, Rocky Balboa. Ex-heavy weight boxing champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) owns a small restaurant in Philadelphia that he bought in 1995. A few years later, his wife Adrian died of cancer leaving him sad and lonely. Rocky and his son Rocky, Jr. (Milo Ventimiglia) began to drift apart when Rocky reunites with a woman named Marie (Geraldine Hughes) whom he met 30 years earlier. (In the original Rocky) ESPN televises a virtual boxing match between Rocky and the current world champion Mason “The Line” Dixon (Antonio Tarvar), Rocky wins the fight. Even though Rocky is in his fifties he realizes how much he misses being in the ring and he renews his boxing license. When Mason Dixon’s publicity agents hear about this they invite Rocky to fight in an exhibition match. (I know what you’re thinking, “Rocky is so old, he’ll need a walker in the ring.”) With the help of his son Rocky, Jr., his old trainer Duke (Tony Burton) and his brother-in-law Paulie (Bert Young) Rocky steps back into the ring one more time. Sylvester Stallone writes, directs and stars in this film and probably gives the performance of a lifetime. (Okay, I know that’s not saying much.) You know this is a dialogue driven movie with an excellent script when the two most powerful scenes are speeches by Rocky – one in front of the boxing commission and the other to his son Rocky Jr. Just like the first Rocky, this is more of a character piece than an action film. Though it’s very well done, there are a few very minor flaws. The sound track is mediocre at best, there aren’t enough scenes of Rocky training and even though Stallone’s in great shape, he turns 60 during the filming and saggy skin is quite visible. Yes, sometimes blindness is really a blessing. I’m giving this inspiring film a B+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.