Sunday, December 19, 2010
At its surface, this may look like a typical rags-to-riches story, and to some extent it is, but it's more than that. Rocky doesn't care about publicity or renown or money; he just wants to prove to himself that he can do something significant. It's interesting to me that the writer, Sylvester Stallone, who was then relatively unknown, insisted on playing the lead role himself. Apparently he, like Rocky, wanted to prove to himself that he could do it. And now everybody associates Sylvester Stallone with Rocky, and it's difficult to imagine anyone else playing the part.
This is a well-told, inspirational story with a great cast, a fabulous script, intriguing characters, a magnificent soundtrack, and an epically intense boxing match. Even if you're like me and know absolutely nothing about boxing, I think it would be hard not to enjoy this movie. You can't help but like Rocky and want him to win the fight and the girl (he only wins one of them, unfortunately, but that makes this movie a little less predictable, which I also like). But of course, Rocky also wins the hearts of Americans, the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the chance to make five sequels, so it all works out.
Up next: Annie Hall