Jun 26, 2008

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa is yet another recent Sylvester Stallone franchise film directed by the man himself. Stallone has stated that the newest Rocky film is, “The End” so don’t expect another film about the slowwitted and hard driven fighter. In Rocky Balboa, Rocky has long ago already reached his fighting abilities peak. His beloved wife Adrian has died of “woman cancer” and he merely spends his days running his fancy restaurant. Rocky’s son Robert has a fairly cold relationship with his father and has become a corporate asshole. All in All, Rocky’s world seems to be less than ideal, and of course unexciting.

The city Rocky lives in is now your typical American urban ghetto. The locals of the city that he grew-up in are less than admirable. In a bar, Rocky encounters a young lady that is fairly fluent in Ebonics and after denied a “free drink” by rock she irrationally states, “you ain’t not better den me.” Rocky seems more disturbed by this situation than anything. He soon makes his way out of the bar with “little” Marie(her character is featured in the original Rocky film stating, "screw you, creepo"). When Rocky realizes “big” Marie now has a mulatto son, he looks a little shocked by it, and of course he attempts to downplay his reaction.


Rocky’s brother-in-law Paulie isn’t in too good of shape either. When Rocky invites Paulie to have a “special” at his restaurant he replies, “Italian food cooked up by a bunch of Mexicans ain’t so special.” Paulie’s statement reflects the feelings of most blue collar workers and seems like a direct blow to Rocky for hiring them. Essentially, Rocky Balboa shows how America, American Unity, and American communities have gone down the drain because of weakling guys like Rocky’s son.

Of course, all the negative things turn around as can be expected in a film of typical Hollywood conventions. Rocky gets back into boxing and fights a much younger boxer. One can only wonder if this is reflexive of Stallone’s own personal mid-life crisis. Rocky Balboa has various references to the original and this is appropriate as this is the last film and second best film. Sylvester Stallone found the perfect way to end the “fight your way up” American dream series.


-Ty E

2 comments:

PATCHS HORROR MOVIE CINEMA said...

I REALLY ENJOYED HOW THIS SERIES WAS WRAPPED UP, I THINK THIS FILM DID JUSTICE TO WHAT ROCKY CINEMA WAS ABOUT. GOT BACK TO ITS ROOTS.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Just another reminder, Sylvester Stallone is a pile of crap, if it wasn`t for his rampaging heterosexuality (his only redeeming quality) he really would be "THE" single most ludicrous joke in the entire history of the world.