There is something nostalgic about our own achievements. Either we can bask in the losing forever, or go more far away to the distance to get that extra milage and keep going so we can rest and bask in the glory of our new glory achievement without any remorse. I can tell you this, this movie is an aspiring storytelling journey.
Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a former heavyweight boxing champion. He is in his 60s now, and his wife Adrian (Talia Shire) has passed away. He owns an Italian restaurant called 'Adrians' which the customers always go there to eat and listens to his glory days stories. His son, Rocky Jr. (Milo Ventimiglia) resent him because he always living under his shadow. Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver), the current champion challenge him for a last bout. Meanwhile, a widow named Marie (Geraldine Hughes) is becoming close to him. Directed by Syvester Stallone.
When the music starts when Rocky is doing his training, suddenly I was overflooded with a sense of memories and tears. This is HOW Rocky movies suppose to be. The whole underdog that can achieve anything. Winning is not everything, is how you play the game! Is how you beat yourself and achieve your dreams, regardless the results -- as long you've tried your best and reach your limit. I was crying watching this character, whom I love ever since I watched the first movie "Rocky" and inspired me to do the best that I can in life. This movie is very very humble and showing Sylvester Stallone sensitive side and acting chops, which is not dissapointing at all. I shed some tears because I connected with Rocky himself -- a nobody that could be somebody, kick every barriers and shove the cruel age up to its ass. I applaud Sylvester Stallone direction in this movie. I hope he keep up the good work.
This movie is only for those who already seen the previous Rocky movies, so audience can understand what is the pride and soul for these characters and storylines. I don't expect new generation to like this last installment, because they will deemed this film too slow and too dramatical. They won't care about the characters, because they don't have any sense of history within the movies. They don't care about Paulie (Burt Young) or even Rocky's love towards Adrian. They want to see an action where the hero kick some butt and wins. Well, this is NOT that kind of movie. This is a journey kind of movie where everything is not what you hope to be. You win some, and you lose some. I was in a movie theater when I wanted to beat up these young punks who jeered at the movies because they were expecting an action/fighting movie. I was glad someone smacked their heads, probably their dad. I clenched my fists when I was watching the fight, because I was on the edge of my seat, it was a good fight. But I won't recommend this to new viewers unless they watch the previous movies first.
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