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Never underestimate the heart of a champion
A true underdog story in every sense of the word. "Rocky" is story about a Philadelphia boxer, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) struggling through everyday life. Forced to make ends meet working for the mafia, on the side, Rocky Balboa is basically a hasbin boxer that society has forgotten. However, due to a series of events, Rocky is given an opportunity of a lifetime as the current heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), gives Rocky a shot at the title. Rocky can be defined as a fight movie, but it's more of a film about life, love, and never getting the opportunity to succeed. However, it's also a film about what we do with the opportunity when it comes around. Although, the story plays itself like a modern "cinderella story", what really brings a sense of realism to this story are its' characters. Even though the story does play like a fairy tale, you can't help but relate to its' characters; their struggles and ambitions. Stallone proved to be quite the mastermind behind this movie as he not only manages to put up a great story, but he's also presents a solid performance as well. "Rocky" has a lot of heart.
Stallone and director John Avildsen were genuises on how they put this movie together. Throughout the entire movie, you feel empathy in the stories' plight. Feeling that rare connection with the characters, that most modern films of today lack. Sure the story can be a bit far fetched, but it never lacks heart.
Stallone and Talia Shire (Adrian) were great together. As the audience is able to feel that special connection between them as they're both, considered outcasts, that find love in each other. Talia plays this quiet shy girl, that Rocky (Stallone) falls in love with. As he himself, is an outcast as a hasbin nobody that society has forgotten.
Even in the epic final training and fight scene, between Apollo and Rocky, you can't help but be on your feet throughout the entire sequence; cheering Rocky on as he fights for the right to prove that on any given day, that anyone can win even against the greatest odds.
Indeed, "Rocky" is a true underdog story for the ages. With a great cast, story, and directing, "Rocky" is a bonefide knockout. This film has a lot of heart.