-Posted by Alyssa
Rocky can’t retire even if he wanted to. The same holds true for this franchise, which is still going strong.
Rocky Balboa (Stallone) is living in the glory of being the top heavyweight fighter in the world. He’s got a nice place, his face is plastered on the cover of magazines, and he has the luxury of doing charity bouts in the ring, just for fun. However, his cloud 9 vacancy gets a heavy dose of rain when the brutal savage Clubber Lang (Mr. T) challenges him to a fight that will determine who is the true heavyweight champion of the world. Lang’s savagery knows no bounds and for the first time, Rocky finds himself unable to get back on his feet. Feeling remorseful and defeated, Rocky has given up until his former adversary Apollo Creed (Weathers) shows an interest in the Italian Stallion. With Creed, Paulie (Young), and his wife Adrian (Shire) at his side, Rocky trains harder and builds endurance for his rematch against the vicious contender.
This film doesn’t stretch further in storyline than the first two films, aside from the loss of an iconic character. Even the workout montage seems like it’s lacking some muscle tone. While the film isn’t completely soft, you could see it losing some definition. The most exciting moment in the film is when Adrian finally grows a backbone. I wish Apollo Creed would have served some higher purpose than just pushing Rocky along. However, this is one part of an iconic franchise. This film won’t knock you out, but as part of cinematic history it is worthy of a viewing.