It ain’t over ‘till it’s over. That’s the punch line for Stallone’s latest flick, and the resurrection of his most loved character, Rocky Balboa.
To be honest I wasn’t expecting much from this movie, Stallone is really past his prime as an actor, and going back to try and re-live past glories seemed just a little desperate. But then I pretty much thought the same of Bruce Willis when Die Hard 4 was announced, but ending up thoroughly enjoying it.
So what does Rocky Balboa offer us some 30 years after the original? He offers us a story driven by characters and compassion. Rocky Balboa isn’t a story so much about boxing as it is about life. A life lived to the fullest, a life where you put others first, a life where you never give up on your dreams or your passion.
It’s about having time for people, for keeping a humble perspective, and about doing what is right.
Rocky Balboa is also a movie about God. Whilst it may never be considered a gospel movie, Rocky’s character is a great role model and offers a beacon of hope to a world that has lost faith.
Now Rocky Balboa isn’t a movie that’s going to set the world on fire, it does have some serious cheese, especially in the climatic scenes, but this is to be expected, and if you allow yourself to be swept up in the moment, the cheese will pass by, possibly without you even noticing. It’s an underdog story that defies reality, but is written just right that you don’t care about the implausibility of the whole situation.
It’s a feel good movie that deserved to be made. It doesn’t trump the original classic, but probably cements itself as one of Stallone’s best movies ever.
Food for thought
Loving your neighbour and going the extra mile are biblical concepts that Rocky Balboa lives in everyday life. What do these concepts mean to you, and do they have residence in your life?
Special Features (not reviewed)
• Audio Commentary with Sylvesta Stallone
• Making of.
• Filming Rocky’s final fight
• Boxing Bloopers
• Seven Deleted Scenes
• Alternate ending.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Medium Level Violence.
Duration: 102 mins.
Genre: Sports Drama, Boxing.
Actors: Burt Young, Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Geraldine Hughes, Max Kellerman, Jim Lampley, James Francis Kelly, Larry Merchant, Bert Sugar, Antonio Tarver, Tony Burton.
Director: Sylvester Stallone.
Release Date: Available Now.