February 3rd, 2007 11:06 EST
Stallone Ends Rocky Balboa the Right Way: His Way
He is the classic underdog, an Everyman who is always getting knocked down but keeps getting back up. He has the tools, but got heart and fire. He has always been a true champion to the end. His name is Rocky Balboa.
Thirty years ago, in a time where our country was disillusioned and cynical due to the Vietnam War, where there were antiheroes such as Dirty Harry on the big screen, this character debuted in theaters and shows us that not only are there still heroes in this world, but Rocky also represents a foundation of hope, a triumph of the human spirit through perservance, determination, and hard work.
Writer, producer, director, and actor Sylvester Stallone brought this iconic protagonist back for the sixth -- and last -- installment of the continuing story of the Italian Stallion with Rocky Balboa. The film picks up where Rocky V left off, in which Rocky is now running a restaurant in Philadelphia where he talks about his glory days to his customers. His soulmate Adrian died tragically and is now estranged from his son Robert (Milo Ventimigila), who is trying to escape his famous father's shadow. But things look up for Rocky when he starts a relationship with Marie (one of the original characters from Rocky), a single mother with a son.
Mason "The Line" Dixon (Antonio Tarver) is now the heavyweight champion of the world. Though he is confident, he is hated by the public due to his arrogance and cockiness. When there was a computerized bout on television by sports experts showing Rocky against Dixon fighting in their prime, the results shows that Rocky could win. This upsets Mason, but gave Rocky an opportunity to step into the ring one last time. His brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young) and his son are against it. Even the boxing commission refuses to give Rocky a boxing license. Everybody in the sports world thought it was a joke because of his age.
But Rocky didn't care, because this is something he wanted to do. Now with the help of his family, his new love, and his trainer Tony (Tony Burton), the Italian Stallion had to endure "blunt force trauma" in order to be prepare for the exhibiton fight against Dixon. And he's still got it.
Rocky Balboa is definitely a knockout because Stallone truly righted all the wrongs from Rocky V for the legions of loyal fans. This film is inspiring not just because of the classic uplifting theme... it shows that Rocky still has the complete embodiment of the human spirit. Because if you have faith and believe in yourself, then you can do anything-- showing that anything is possible.
Check out Rocky Balboa while you still can in theatres now.
Remember: It ain't over 'til it's over.