Welcome to the seventh installment of #StalloneMonth, which I have to say, is my favorite time of the year! In February we look over the filmography of this wonderful actor, 4-5 movies at a time. This has been a fun project, and I will keep on going until I run out of movies to review! As we are still at home in various kind of lockdown, it is the perfect time to go and look at the awesome movies that - despite any ratings on movie sites - have the awesome, the one and only, the inimitable: Sly Stallone.
Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) goes through his day, visiting his wife Adrian at the cemetary, trying to have a relationship with his son Robert (Milo Ventimiglia) and trying to make something of the legacy he built up. Feeling without purpose, he decides to get into the fighting game again, purely for the enjoyment of it. His family helps him train, and he does go the distance, the way only Rocky can.
I saw this movie after seeing Creed (read my review here), and first of all, I really like how this older Rocky was lifted and put into those movies, from the restaurant to his ways as a father. I love that his spirit never dies, but I also love that he knows when to teach and when to let others continue on their path. A perfect example of this was a speech he gave to his son, who seemed to be embarassed about his father and the unlucky cards that life dealt him.
I do not believe in being passive, I like to yell someone's head off, just to make them see reason. These big monologues have a very similar effect in movies. His son gets it together and he realizes that his dad is someone to be proud of and that his name is not a curse. They story pics up they relationship at the end of Creed II (read my review here) and I hope that it will give us more. His pain over losing Adrian just gets my crying everytime. And when this movie was over, I felt sad... this is most definitely one of my favorite franchises. These were not all good movies, some were silly, some forgot that Rocky has a certain kind of persona - which this brough back -, some went to great depths. And this movie was truly a perfect ending to that chapter.
Watch it? Honestly it is a perfect ending to this powerhouse of a franchise. It marked the 70s, the 80s, the beginning of the 90s, and even the 2000s. If we do not take into account that Rocky has given life to a new franchise as well with Creed, it is amazing to see the evolution of this character, as it accompanied Sylvester Stallone's career as well. Boy, amd I gonna miss it...
Until the next item on my list!