Saturday, December 21, 2013

ROCKY II (1979)

ROCKY II takes off immediately where the original left off.  After recovering in the hospital Rocky decides to retire from boxing because Adrian is very concerned about his health.  Rocky and Adrian get married and with the prize money they buy a small place to call home, but soon the money has run out and Rocky has to get a job.  Adrian even gets a part-time back at the pet store despite the fact that she's pregnant.

Fuel by mountains of hate mail and sports commentators talking shit about his poor performance in the last fight, Apollo Creed has become obsessed with getting a rematch with Balboa.  He turns away more lucrative matches and refuses to fight anybody until he can clear his name and prove to the world that the last fight was just a fluke.  Despite his financial troubles Balboa turns down repeated offers for a rematch.  Finally he can't take it anymore and agrees to fight.  Adrian is not happy.

Whenever I watch ROCKY I usually just toss in Part II and look at it as one continuous film.  And it's easy to do since they are hooked together so seamlessly.  Sometimes I get all crazy and just watch the first four all in one giant megapump.  Back to Part II though, it's a great film.  I have no idea if Stallone ever intended for the story to continue on and that's why he ended the original at the exact moment that he did, but II seems like a very natural progression of the story.  Burgess Meredith is even greater in this film than he was in the original, the music is back, all of the original cast appear to be back, the workout montages are back, in fighting to overcome the odds are back, pretty much it's just a lot of old shit from the first film all over again, but it works and it's a great movie.  Highly recommended.

Part 1 - Rocky
Part 3 - Rocky III
Part 4 - Rocky IV
Part 5 - Rocky V
Part 6 - Rocky Balboa