– Posted by Alyssa
This classic sparked a franchise that has undeniably left a mark on film history. Rocky is the story of an underdog who has to work hard in order to achieve his dreams.
Set in Philadelphia 1975, Rocky Balboa (Stallone) is a club fighter that displays an animalistic fire in the ring. He even shows his primitive nature inside of a pet store when he does a Tarzanian wild call to a caged dog. It is in this very pet store that Rocky meets his love Adrian (Shire). Adrian inspires Rocky to leave his solitary life as a loan collector and truly find greatness. This opportunity presents itself when a high-octane heavyweight fighter named Apollo Creed (Weathers) offers Rocky the rare opportunity to take him on in the ring and prove himself as a contender. The fight seems like a sure win for Creed, but Rocky matches him blow for blow. It is difficult to decipher whether Rocky is driven by money or pride when he steps into the ring, but either way the scenes leading up to the fight are when the film starts gaining traction. The fire in Rocky’s eyes burn brightest.
Nevermind the awkward interactions between Rocky and Adrian, also forgive the mumblings of the Italian Stallion, this is a film worth watching. You can feel the energy in the air that Rocky is destined for greatness and that this is only the beginning of his journey. As a stand alone film, I don’t think it would have held up without the franchise that surrounds it. That being said, it’s where you should start to get a sense of who you are rooting for. Stallone has created a character that is passionate and talks a mile a minute, but is easily likeable and someone you want to see be successful. Rocky offers the one-two punch of determination and skill that proves any underdog can be a contender.