When I first heard about this project, I (like most of you out there) was very skeptical Â– and even a little cynical Â– about it. My first thought was Â“why?Â”.
The last Rocky movie was very disappointing on so many levels that I couldnÂ’t imagine another installment of this franchise being worth seeing. IÂ’m sure there are a lot of you out there who feel the same way.
Well, I saw Â“Rocky BalboaÂ” last night in a packed theater full of enthusiastic people who wanted Â– and fully expected Â– a satisfying experience. They got what they paid for.
Gary - I NEVER go to see movies in the theatre - but you actually made me want to do so to see this film. THAT is doggone good writing, fella!
Posted by: Gayle Miller at December 21, 2006 02:37 PM (fa58m)
There hasn't been a whole heck of a lot in the news lately to spur me into posting anything very original.
This movie helped knock me out my funk. Thanks for saying so. :blush:
Posted by: Gary at December 21, 2006 02:51 PM (PLHs9)
I must be like, the only person alive who never liked the Rocky movies. :wink:
Posted by: Jenn at December 21, 2006 03:22 PM (QD9ey)
That was one helluva review. I had no desire to see another failed sequel. But you've made me interested in giving it a chance.
I enjoyed III and IV; but they were a lot different from the first 2. III and IV seemed to embrace the Rambo superhero archetype of the 80's. They were fine, in their own right; but seemed to drift from the original two, holding appeal to a select audience, and not the broader mainstream, Oscar-drama-loving crowd.
I don't even remember V. I think I only caught a portion of it on tv; or someone rented it, and I walked into the room by accident, and midway through.
Posted by: wordsmith at December 21, 2006 03:31 PM (WpT+h)
Hopefully, you immediately turned around and walked right out!
Posted by: Gary at December 21, 2006 04:28 PM (QoxB+)
Now, I enjoyed Rocky's I-IV as much as the next person, but seeing the previews for "RB," with Stallone's duh-noying accent...all I can imagine is Gary and a bunch of Northerners, crammed into the warm theaters, in their heavy coats, avoiding the cold, numbed into thinking they are watching quality entertainment. I'm sorry, but...is this just a "Northern thing?" In other words...since I don't have "y'all's" kind of accent, am ah just not gonna git it? (Be nice to me, I'm related to our gracious host...)
Posted by: Georgia Girl at December 21, 2006 09:52 PM (t/eS0)
P.S. Gary, you need to change the poll. I could have caught up with all five seasons by now... Come up with something Holiday'ish. See you Monday...
Posted by: Georgia Girl at December 21, 2006 09:56 PM (t/eS0)
Are you an American? Ok dumb question.
Rocky has - and always will - stand for the heart of what America is. Too many people write it off instantly because of some dopey accent or because it's a "boxing movie". While it contains these aspects, its main theme is that when the world kicks you and hope seems lost, get your butt up and fight. Succeed. Believe in yourself even when others think you'll fail.
I'd be suspicious of anyone who watches Rocky and sees it as just some "stupid boxing movie" about some guy from Philadelphia who likes to get hit in the face and talks like a bum. I'd be suspicious that those people are the ones who will run the instant the chips are down...
Posted by: Digger at December 22, 2006 01:39 AM (qBgs7)
I was skeptical about this too but Rush (who rarely has guests on his show) had Sly on and was very impressed with the movie. After hearing that and seeing your review I actually want to see it too.
Posted by: Little Miss Chatterbox at December 24, 2006 05:01 PM (ZfLHN)
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