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Movie Review: Rocky Balboa
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The Final Chapter
Rocky's wife Adrienne died four years earlier of cancer and Rocky is still trying to cope. He is now running an Italian restaurant named Adrienne's. One day he watches the T.V. set at the restaurant's bar and hears of a past vs. present mock bout between the current champion and Rocky. Rocky is trying to find a purpose in life and he is lonely without Adrienne and his son by the way is grown, moved out and somewhat estranged from Rocky although it's never clear exactly why.
After being persuaded by a slick promoter, played by real life boxing promoter Lou Diabella, Rocky decides to box Mason "The Line" Dixon, and he goes into serious training. Rocky and Duke agree that Rocky is too old and slow to compete with Dixon in terms of speed and reflexes. The two decide to build up knockout power in both fists.
Rocky in Training Camp
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Rocky Balboa vs. Mason Dixon
ESPN did an animated video game type showing that depicted Rocky vs. Dixon and it showed Rocky winning. Fans worldwide started to calm our for Rocky to comeback. Rocky trained like a spartan for this bout and knowing his speed and reflexes could not compete he decided to go for pure haymakers.
Dixon pounds Rocky with ease in the first and second rounds. Although he hurts his hand badly on Rocky's hip. Eventually, both boxers will taste the canvas with The Italian Stallion really being hurt when he falls. At the bell, the two are trading wildly. Dixon retains the title but, Rocky gained respect in defeat for performing with heart, an iron chin and a steel will.
Rocky Balboa (Sixth Rocky Film) Released: 2006
Grading Rocky Balboa
Plot: The story was not all that good as it primarily focuses on yet another Rocky comeback. The one bright spot was Rocky and son Robert having arguments and father/son moments as well. Grade: C
Acting: The acting in this film was nothing special but it was adequate. New comer Antonio Tarver, did well, and Rocky seems to know the Rocky role like the back of his hand. Having boxing people such as Mike Tyson and HBO commentators make appearances in the movie was a nice touch. Grade: B-
Music: The music was average in the film because nothing really fit into the scenes. Having said that the theme music was nice and a few songs were good as well. What do you do for an encore when Eye of the Tiger, was once the theme song? Grade: C
Directing: Rocky wrote and directing Rocky Balboa and did an excellent job of zooming in and out and using great angles. He did not over do it and it was probably his best directing done for the Rocky films. Grade: B+
Drama: This installment from Rocky had some drama due to Adrienne dying from cancer and Rocky trying to bond with his son. Also, Paulie feels like trash for treating Adrienne like crap for so many years while she was living. Grade: A-
Action/Fight Scenes: The bouts between Mason Dixon and other contenders were just fine but the Rocky vs. Mason bout actually seemed like it was happening. Nice drama in the latter half of the bout as Rocky mounted a comeback to a degree. Grade: B+
Rocky Balboa Movie Trailer
Stars of Rocky Balboa
James Francis Kelly
Rocky and Paulie
Cast and Crew
Slyvester Stallone: Stallone plays as ex boxer Rocky Balboa. He has some poignant moments with his son and at the cemetery he had some sad moments with his wife. Not to mention when Rocky has a side talk with champion Mason Dixon it was definitely intense. Grade: B
Burt Young: Young stars as Uncle Paulie and he is depressed by Adrienne's death as well as how he treated her. In his scene by Adrienne's grave he was very upset and it was a memorable moment in the movie. Grade: C+
Tony Burton: Burton plays as Duke or Tony, Apollo and Rocky's former boxing trainer. He has a small role but he does just fine in his role. Grade: B-
Antonio Tarver: Tarver is a former three time light heavyweight champion who knocked out Roy Jones. In the film he plays as heavyweight champion Mason Dixon. He has a gift of gab without a doubt. Grade: B-
James Francis Kelly: Steps is the son of Marie and he watches Rocky with a close eye because he does not trust him. Eventually he learns to care for Rocky and the two get closer. Grade: C+
Milo Ventimiglia: Milo plays Rocky Jr. or Robert, Rocky's son. His role is limited but he does an okay job nonetheless. He works in the business world and has a distant relationship with his dad that needs repairing. Grade: B-
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The Italian Stallion vs. The Line
I put Rocky 1,2 and 4 as the best but this one is next in line and not bad in its on right.
One thing as a boxing fan I appreciate about this installment is that they used HBO and their commentators to make it seem more realistic and up to date with the times. Also, the fight scenes were not overly done and it resembled real boxing more than all the other Rocky's.
Overall Grade: B
Box Office and Awards
The Film grossed nearly 156 million dollars worldwide at the box office.
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