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Rocky II

Updated on May 3, 2011

Every Great Fight Deserves a Rematch

It seems in almost every epic bout in boxing, there’s always a rematch, and Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) versus Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) seems to be no exception. Picking up where the first one left off, Rocky and Apollo part their separate ways. However, both men find their lives drastically changed for the worse since their epic bout. Although it does seem like the world is looking up for Rocky Balboa at first, the success of his short term fame is short lived by the harsh reality that he’s unable to hold a stable job to support his new family. Trying to live off his short term success by doing commercials, but his illiteracy prevents him from doing so. Rocky tries everything from working in a meat factory to working for his old trainer Mickey (Burgess). It seems Rocky life truly has gotten worse as he tries to support his family after the birth of his son. As for Apollo though, having endured considerable damage to his reputation from his near loss, he finds himself under constant ridicule, and tries everything to get a rematch with Rocky, even going as far as to slander Rocky’s name as a fluke and a coward. It soon becomes apparent that Rocky must come out of retirement and shock the world once again by defying the odds. Like the last movie, the cast was great in their perspective roles, and the epic fight scene was great as well. However, from watching this movie it feels like a generic rip off of the first movie except they give it a Hollywood feel good ending.

I liked how Stallone created the story where it built on the chemistry between Rocky and Adrian, and showed them struggling to raise a family together. The scenes where Rocky struggles to maintain a steady job to being reduced to cleaning spit at a gym, to seeing him watch his wife almost die giving birth to their son. It’s these type of scenes that make the movie worth watching.

Unfortunately though, like I said earlier, it seems like this movie rips off the first one though with a exception of a few scenario changes. However, for those fans craving a rematch between these two, then look no further than this movie. It may not be as good as the first, but it’ll be worth watching if you loved the first film.


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    • Stevennix2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Wow, I didn't know that. That's good to know. To be honest, that doesn't really surprise me to say the least, as I know Stallone was still an up and coming actor at the time. Plus, I know he was trying to establish "rocky" as a legitimate franchise, so I can see why he would make a change like that.

      I think the first three Rocky films were arguably some of cinema's greatest sporting dramas of all time if you ask me. I thought "Rocky 4" had it's moments as well as "rocky balboa." "rocky 5" was just awful; except for a few scenes here and there.

    • TheLANDLADY profile image


      7 years ago from Detroit

      I loved this movie! I heard some where from reliable sources that Sly was thinking of killing Adrian off when she had little RJ-[Rocky Jr.]. But the people loved and adored her so much,that they kept her! Just a fast fact!

      What do you think?

      The LANDLADY


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