Saturday, March 10, 2007

Great Rocky Movie - 'Rocky Balboa' Surprisingly Good

After months of deliberation, my wife and I went to see “Rocky Balboa” at our local dollar theater today. Right before we left for the theater we saw an advertisement on television talking about the upcoming release later this month of this movie on DVD. When I first heard the news that Sylvester Stallone was going to make another Rocky Movie I started to laugh because the idea of an old Rocky Balboa fighting a younger person in the boxing ring was something hilarious to contemplate. However, my earlier lack of good expectations about this movie was premature and wrong-headed. The movie we saw today reminded me of the first Rocky Movie when an unknown actor by the name of Sylvester Stallone made a name for himself as a mainstream actor.

“Rocky Balboa” was well written and in many ways a “chic flick” for most of the movie. After the death of his wife, Rocky was drifting through life as a restaurant owner spending most evenings telling old war stories to eager restaurant patrons that still loved the Rocky of old. To add to the stress of losing his wife to cancer, Rocky found himself going through a tough patch of road with his son. As Rocky’s son tries to create a life of his own, he is dogged by the reputation of his father and struggles to find his own identity. As this fine movie progresses, Rocky finds a young woman that he had given good advice to years ago and starts a friendship with her and her young son. Without giving away too much information about this movie, I will say that Stallone was true to the memory of Rocky’s wife and no inappropriate behavior was introduced into this movie.

It really surprises me how Sylvester Stallone managed to write another good episode in the Rocky series of movies. The last two Rocky Movies were really bad and I had given up on any new script ideas that could bring this winning formula back to life. However, Stallone did a fantastic job recreating Rocky Balboa with this new movie and while the original idea of having Rocky fight again did seem stupid, by the end of this movie I became a true believer in that concept. Within the next few weeks, “Rocky Balboa” will be released on DVD and millions of additional people around the world will discover what I did today and that is Rocky Balboa is still a great story for a motion picture.

Rumors around Hollywood were running wild when Stallone was trying to get this new script and project funded by a major motion picture studio. Sylvester Stallone said in a recent interview that it was more difficult to find the funding from a major studio to produce Rocky Balboa than the first Rocky Movie back in the late 1970’s. However, in the end Stallone was successful in getting his movie made and I for one am so glad he did. If you liked the first Rocky Movie you are going to love “Rocky Balboa” in a local theater or on DVD later this month.

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