When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.
Rough but incredibly powerful
By Jack Anderson on March 12, 2018
This film is sublime. It may feel like a low key movie from the seventies. But boy does it work perfectly. Because of its extremely low budget, we actually come to believe deeply in the story and the characters. Because everything feels so damn true. This is once more an example of a movie where the quality actually increases because of the production challenges, like so many other before and after it.
...BUT HIGHLY POWERFUL
And this message of the movie gets exacerbated and become so much more powerful, thanks to the low key production and realistic nature of the film.
Because this movie is the ultimate struggle. Almost all stories, whether in film, series or literature are about a struggle, whether an external one with an external character, or a struggle from within. In this movie, we get both. Not only Rocky will have to fight Apollo Creed, but at the same time, we can clearly see that there is a struggle within him. This is especially true when we get to witness the beautiful scene between him and his trainer, when Mike visits Rocky at home.
The soundtrack, like with so many outstanding movies, is brilliant. The score is definitely one of the most memorable in the history of cinema.
One of the best films from the 70's. I give it a high 9 out of 10. An incredibly good and powerful movie.