It’s easy to like Rocky. He’s an average guy who came from nothing to become something and be someone for a while. He had a wife he loved deeply, he is surrounded by people he cares for, he always tries to do the right thing and the man is kind to animals. But beneath this gentle exterior still lurks a steely grit and the heart of a warrior.
Rocky Balboa sees us return to Rocky’s life after the fighting glories have faded away to nothing more than legendary stories of times long past. While still well known in the community, he lives a simple existence without his wife and somewhat disconnected from his son. While Rocky seems happy enough, it soon becomes clear that something is lacking. He is searching for some sense of peace and closure.
After making a decision to get back into the ring and fight once more he realises that while he prepares to face other fighters, the real battle is inwardly focussed against his own inner demons. The movie is warmly shot and successfully contrasts the drama and spectacle of ‘the fight’ with the simplicity of everyday life.
Trying to create the perfect blend of fight action, adrenalin soaked training, touching family and ‘nice guy’ moments, it feels like Sylvester Stallone has perhaps dipped a little too generously into the sentimentality bag. Nevertheless this is an entertaining and inspirational movie and offers a fitting close to the Rocky franchise.