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Rocky Balboa

Published February 15, 2019

Rocky Balboa

Film info

  • Title Rocky Balboa
  • Director Sylvester Stallone
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline It ain't over, til it's over

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has now been retired for some time, but hard-up for money, he decides to step back into the ring against a few small-time boxers. Everything changes, though, when Rocky is offered the opportunity to step in with the reigning Heavyweight Champion, Mason “The Line” Dixon. Does Rocky still have what it takes to make another championship comeback?

Live blog

TimeComment
2:19I quite like throwing ice as a protest.
3:40THE TURTLES!
7:17“You throw a big shadow.”
10:32Is he re-enacting Rocky 1? We didn’t get a previously on, so that seems fair.
18:17That’s the bratty kid from the first film?? Amazing.
23:43Oh god, Rocky is so adorable. Slightly crazy but I’ll take it.
29:14Interesting concept, making a whole programme out of fantasy sports like that.
32:05What the hell else does he have in that pocket?
33:04“This is the dog pound. It’s where they keep… a large variety of dogs.”
39:40“You think you gotta stop trying things because you had a few too many birthdays? I do not.”
45:53He’s not eloquent but he’s right.
47:45They’re not going to like him more if he knocks out Rocky B. I don’t see what their plan is.
53:56Yo Paulie is not the same as Yo Adrian. Boo.
1:08:53Was loving the montage until the eggs. Not the eggs!
1:11:27He seems so much more alive now he’s fit and fearless. Yay for training!
1:14:19Only ten rounds this time.
1:20:23“Undisputed undefeated” sounds better than “two times” but the crowd think otherwise.
1:23:07Oh god, every film the cameras get better and the boxing gets harder to watch.
1:36:16He squeezed in a Yo Adrian! Amazing.

Conclusions

Well, I can see why Sylvester wanted to come back and finish off the series properly but I have to admit I was concerned about this one. It’s so much later and he’s so much older, how is he ever going to get back in the ring again?

That’s kinda what the film is about, although it takes a long way round in getting there – showing instead the often overlooked things about life after your famous career has pretty much ended.

I enjoyed this one just like the others, but the only thing that really annoyed me was no mention of the brain damage and eyesight issue that has dominated the previous five. There’s an explanation, apparently, from Sylvester himself, but why couldn’t they have just mentioned this briefly in the film?

Otherwise a good movie, lots of nice hat-tips to the past, and a really lovely end-credits sequence.

Rating: 4 / 5

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