Rocky Balboa: Fisting the American Dream

They say that Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for “Rocky” in three days. It’s possible. It even seems too long. Because the script for this movie, and I don’t want to tell you about the next five that make up the series, is quite weak. Stereotypes are an example of vulgarity when creating and developing, for example, a character. Also, Stallone does things with the plot that are inexplicable. Remember the look of Adrian (Rocky’s girlfriend)? Do you remember what the girl is like? From being a withdrawn, elusive and fearful girl of the whole world; to look like the robot portrait of Ugly Betty; she becomes, as if by magic, something else. That in the first movie. If we take a look at the development in the rest of the series, They want to give him the Nobel Prize in Physics. The story that Stallone tells is very simple and, at times, very unbelievable. The interpretations are irregular. Burgess Meredith (Mickey Goldmill, Rocky’s trainer) is the best thing in the film in this regard; Talia Shire (Adrian) is not bad; Burt Young (Paulie, Adrian’s brother) is not bad; Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed, Rocky’s rival) hits the ground dressed as a boxer and dishing out blows; Sylvester Stallone is, as in the rest of his films, disastrous. The shortcomings of this actor are enormous. Although, to be fair, it must be said that the role of a half-sounding boxer, goofy and of little intelligence, is not even painted. The soundtrack is something else. Bill Conti got one of the most well-known and exciting scores in the history of cinema. Merit cannot be deducted.

Rocky Balboa: Fisting the American Dream

Stallone, the role of half-sounding, goofy and low-intelligence boxer, is not even painted. / The mail

Technically the film is correct although the lack of budget is noticeable in many of the scenes. For example, in the final section, when the fight between Rocky and Creed takes place, the number of extras that simulated filling the stands was considerably less than necessary. But the director, John G. Avildsen (who would repeat in “Rocky V” since Stallone himself directed the rest) manages well with what he has and moves the camera and its resources with impetus and success. And, now, after saying all this, I’m going to confess something that I think happens to a good number of movie fans: I like «Rocky», «Rocky» excites me, I think it’s an endearing movie and I love it. I have swallowed fifteen or twenty times. How can something like this happen knowing that, once analyzed, the product has deficiencies on all four sides? Because Stallone is smart to pose the question. Innocence against arrogance, money against poverty, beauty defeated by ugliness, courage against vulgarity. Stallone places us in front of that possibility that everyone should have, before the humble version of a champion (who doesn’t even suspect that he is) who just wants to be happy and stop living among rats. And he teaches us that it is not necessary to be in a wonderful place to be able to do wonderful things. It is the same to shake a sack as a beef hanging from a hook. Of course, it builds up the tension to an ending that makes you want to get in the ring and help Rocky in his impossible quest. He is cunning even at the end of the movie. Winner on points the world champion. The faces will be seen in the second installment, in that film in which we all need a rematch.

Rocky Balboa: Fisting the American Dream

Clubber Lang (Mr. T) is a brutal boxer who wants to rip Rocky’s head off. / The mail

“Rocky II” is that rematch. The clichés and the scheme of the first installment are repeated. The beating that the main boxers take in the ring is impossible. The boxing fan will never see anything like it except that he is in front of the screen seeing how Rocky and Creed do not stop shaking. And since the box office is what rules, Stallone must have thought that a third part would be a great source of income. That’s how it went.

In “Rocky III”, the boxer is blinded by fame and neglects his preparation. He has defended his title several times without knowing that his manager has protected him and the rivals were quite weak. Clubber Lang (Mr. T) is a brutal boxer who wants to rip Rocky’s head off. And he almost got it. But nothing happens. Creed, Rocky’s old rival, prepares him and ends up knocking Lang down.

Rocky Balboa: Fisting the American Dream

In the fourth installment, Rocky fights a Russian boxer and in Russia. / The mail

The narrative chaos of “Rocky IV” is unforgettable. Rocky fights a Russian boxer and in Russia. Before, Apollo Creed has been fried in the ring because the Russian gives him a monumental beating. Rocky wants to avenge his friend, but, incidentally, he conquers Moscow with his boxing and confesses to having fought, one on one, so that millions do not fight against millions. American flag in the wind, very bad Russians, etc.. The best thing about the movie is hearing James Brown perform “Living in America.”

“Rocky V” is a sucker. It lacks rhythm, the script is very weak, the subplots are pathetic. Rocky has retired, but ends up managing Tommy Gunn (played by Tommy Morrison, a boxer who died after developing a mediocre career). Rocky neglects the family and blah blah blah. But everything ends well. Predictable and horrible.

“Rocky Balboa” is the last in the series. Repeat Stallone schemes. More of the same without reaching what was achieved in the first film of the series. Little boxing and a lot of unlikely number on the ring. Ridiculous evolution of the characters. Simple scripts in excess and advantages to the maximum.

Little cinema, but emotion, childhood memories (my generation grew up with all this mess) and a few hours in front of the screen that do no harm to anyone.

The rest of the films with Rocky Balboa as the protagonist (I think there are more) I leave to the critics who come in the future. I can not anymore.

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Rocky Balboa: Fisting the American Dream


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