12/23/2006

Rocky Balboa...

"Ain't nothing over 'till it's over."

I don't care how cheesy you might think Sylvester Stallone movies are. If you're a guy, you are required by law to watch this movie.

Rocky Balboa
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 mins.
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Milo Ventimiglia

This is going to be a short review, as I am quite tired, but I wanted to make sure I got it down.

What follows is a SPOILER FREE review.

Rocky Balboa has now been retired for some time, but feels like something is missing from his life since the death of his wife, Adrian. After seeing a special report on a computerized matchup between him and present boxing champ, Mason "The Line" Dixon, he decides to step back into the ring against a few small-time boxers. Everything changes, however, when Rocky is offered the opportunity to step in the ring with the champ. Does Rocky still have the eye of the tiger?

So, what was good?
-The usual funny quips, montage training scene, and fight to the finish are there. And in full Rocky awesomeness!

-Milo Ventimiglia is great as Rocky's son.

But...
-Well, one of the things that made the Rocky movies great was the prescence of a great conflict. But, in this movie, Rocky and the champ are fighting an exhibition. It doesn't mean anything for either of them to win. So, you have no reason to care about the outcome of the fight.

-The beginning is a little slow, but the pace picks up as the movie goes on. I just wish that there would've been some story developed between Rocky and Dixon.


And so, to Rocky Balboa, I give the honor of being awarded with a certified 3 Yarmulke™ rating.


I think that, for anyone who was a fan of the first 4 Rocky movies (because nobody likes the 5th), and any guys, this is a must see movie, if for no other reason than to close out the series on a high note. I would say, opening night movie for die hard fans, first week for everyone else.

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