Monday, 3 August 2009

Rocky ll


It's the rematch of the century as Rocky Balboa takes on Apollo Creed in this powerful follow-up to one of the most acclaimed movies in film history.

After club fighter Rocky Balboa (Stallone) goes the distance with heavyweight champ Apollo Creed (Weathers), boxing fans clamour for a rematch. But Rocky, having sustained massive injuries in the bout, announces his retirement. He concentrates on his relationship with Adrian (Shire), marrying her and attempting to settle into the routine of family life. But as Rocky tries to make a new start for himself, he realizes that he can't escape his true calling. The ring beckons once more, and the "Italian Stallion" must prepare for the fight of his life.

The movie allows the characters to grow, as great sequels often do. Stallone's direction is not very imaginative, but it is clear that he did his homework and he does a wonderful job balancing all aspects of his screenplay. Slicker than the first movie, but still a very personal drama that knows when to push the right buttons.

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