#Rocky – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

Rocky – Budget of $1.1 million – 1 hour and 59 minutes

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Rocky
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Rocky is another bum in the neighborhood.  His boxing coach has given up on him, his crush ignores him, and the friends are losing respect for him.  He works for the local bookie as muscle collecting debt by force but that’s just not who he is.  Then he sees Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed arriving in Philidelphia for a fight on the TV.  Rocky believes he is a great boxer but everyone else thinks Creed has a big mouth.  However, Creed’s competition is injured and no one else can train for a fight in 5 weeks.  So Creed decides to get a local boxer.  He stumbles on a flyer for a boxer called the Italian Stallion and loves the sound of the name with his.  He decides to give Rocky the chance of a lifetime to fight for the belt.  His trainer is concerned because Rocky is a southpaw with little experience.   Creed, on the other hand, could not care less.  To him, this quick knockout is just a show.  The only problem is: No one told Rocky it was a show.  Rocky is coming to fight.

This is not a story of Rocky vs Creed, it is a story about Rocky beating his own demons.  Normally when speaking of demons, drugs or alcohol is the logical conclusions. However, for Rocky, his demons are self-doubt and insecurity.  So when training, he is not training to fight Apollo.  He is training to become bigger than he believes he could ever be.  He has decided to become his own hero.  With everything thing involved in this story, its easy to get lost in the fantasy.  The defining moment is this sports movie does something few movies can do, it incorporates a love story without getting sappy.  It’s a great break from tradition.  With a strong message for anyone facing a tough situation.  As Rocky told Creed, your biggest competition is the person staring at you in the mirror.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

When do I fight again – Rocky

Don’t tease me – Adrian

It’s a waste of a life – Mick

Be a thinker, not a stinker – Apollo

You owe me – Pauly

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