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"What are we waitin' for!" - Adrian gives Rocky her seal of approval to go the distance, again in "Rocky II"
"Rocky II" is one of those rarities of a sequel - it expands the world of & depth of characters created & introduced in the preceding film, instead of being a rehash of the first film. "II" is crowd pleasing hit, that will have you cheering for Rocky right to the final bell.
Picking up seconds after the first film, "Rocky II" has "The Italian Stallion" whisked to the hospital for eye surgery sustained from the fight with Apollo Creed. Creed is also there & automatically wants a rematch. But, with a few broken ribs & bruisies that he recieved, special delivery, from Rocky he ain't going nowhere. In the early morning hours following the fight Rocky, in a wheelchair, wheels himself to Apollo's room & asks one simple question. Did he get Apollo's best? Apollo replies with a distant yes.
Over the next few weeks, Rocky's life changes. He asks Adrian to marry him & she accepts. He spends his winnings on a new house. Adrian announces she's pregnant. But, the one thing that Rocky can't get is a decent job. Agreeing with Adrian to stop boxing, he tries everything.
Things change, when Apollo Creed starts hounding The Rock to the breaking point. Rocky agrees to a rematch, against the wishes of Adrian. With Adrian not happy with her husband's decision she decides to help out financially & work at the pet store she worked at in the first film. With a lot of stress & Adrian not wanting him to fight, Rocky's heart isn't into training. Tragedy strikes when Adrian goes into premature labor. The baby makes the delivery (Robert "Rocky" Balboa Jr.Read more ›
Character-based consequences and outcomes lent credibility to the proceedings. Character and heart helped Rocky "go the distance" in the first film, and kept him on his feet here, too. But, in an intelligent move on the part of the filmmakers, it's made clear that Apollo is still the superior, more skillful fighter and would have won again this time. Apollo's downfall here is that he ignores his trainer's advice to just stay out of Rocky's way in the later rounds and win again on a decision. But, no, Apollo's temper and ego make him get in close and try to go for a knock-out, which of course gives Rocky the opportunity to try for the same thing.
I liked how the movie wasn't afraid to be low key and maybe even a little boring in the earlier going, as we see Rocky struggle with finding employment and living a quiet domestic life following the big fight at the end of the first film. As both the audience and Rocky's wife Adrian eventually comes to realize, however, maybe a quiet, normal life isn't for everyone.
While Apollo plays to the cameras and resorts to some unsavory publicity tricks to lure Rocky back into the ring, he's never reduced to the role of a one-note villain. You can understand why he's frustrated and wants closure after the unfinished business of the first fight. All along, though, an unspoken rapport with Rocky, a level of respect for him, is evident.Read more ›
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I bought this as a replacement for my son's Rocky collection. He accidentally broke his copy of Rocky II, so this was a surprise for him. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Allison M. Raisor
What more can be said about ROCKY! !! JUST REALLY AWESOME and Sylvester Stallone does a fabulous job in acting, directing, and writing.Published 6 days ago by Viv McAdams
Well, it's sort of Rocky all over again. But this time the concepts wear thin. I don't know if this is so much of an "Underdog Champion" movie as much as it's a "this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike
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