Kellie and I took in a very early matin?e showing of Rocky Balboa, the sixth and final installment of a saga that began more than twenty years ago.
I’m not ashamed to say it. I loved this movie. Not only it is reminiscent of everything that was great about Rocky and Rocky II, it was just the kind of feel-good root-for-the-hero movie that Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to produce.
Watching this movie, it’s makes it easier to see why the first movie in this series won an Oscar for Best Picture, and why Sylvester Stallone was nominated for Best Actor. The story itself is inspiring (who the heck can’t be inspired when that music starts ?), and Stallone’s performance here, and in the first two movies, shows something he really hasn’t shown anywhere else. It’s as if the character and the actor are one and the same, and maybe that’s not too far off.
The most I can say about this movie for those who might be skeptical is this…..give it a chance. Put aside the fact that the Rocky franchise is 30 years old and just prepare to root for the good guy.
Update: This comment from James Young, reminds me of what may be the best line of the entire Rocky series:
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean, and nasty place an’ no matter how tough you think you are, it’ll always beat you if you let it. It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That?s how winning is done! If you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits and not pointin’ fingers saying you ain?t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that, and that ain?t you! You?re better than that!
That is what this movie, and Rocky and Rocky II, are really all about.