Rocky Balboa (2007)

January 20, 2007 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Rocky Balboa, two time heavyweight champion of the world, now runs a small Italian restaurant, where he regails his guests with stories of his heydays. And then he decides to take on the current heavyweight champion of the world for some reason. 

A new millennium, the fall of communism and two gulf wars have passed since we last saw Rocky Balboa triumphing over the odds. The world has changed a lot in 16 years, but the champ himself hasn’t changed at all. He still has the wit of an embarrassing uncle, he still wears that stupid hat and he’s still impossible to understand.

But it is Stallone’s complete commitment to his old-school style of story-telling that makes Rocky Balboa so utterly brilliant. 21st Century audiences are demanding more and more gritty reality in their movie experiences, but this film succeeds by refusing to leave behind that cheesy 80s charm. 

The film meanders on at a predictable and familiar pace and feels like an old, warm memory. But as that triumphant score blares out over the inevitable training montage, an entire audience unites in that feeling of pure inspiration. It’s an all too rare thing in modern cinematic experiences. Yes, the story is ridiculous and the inspirational speeches reek of edam, but that’s how it should be. This is undeniably a Rocky film and it refuses to apologise for that.

It seemed like Stallone was out of his mind to resurrect this character from the cheesy archives of motivation, but in fact it’s just what the audience needed. If you don’t leave the cinema throwing your arms in the air and believing you can take on anything, then you have no soul. Or no arms.

 

 

Pictures: Top Right: Is it flab or muscle? Rocky takes on the reigning champ Mason Dixon. Bottom Left: Rocky, his whiney son and Paulie preparing to inspire

 

 

Rocky Balboa Trailers: 

Trailer 1 

Trailer 2

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