Rocky 2

release year: 1979
genre: drama
viewing setting: home DVD, 2/28/04

synopsis: After losing the big fight - but going the distance and impressing everyone - Rocky returns to his normal life...until his money runs out and he gets a rematch.

impressions: I guess this was the inevitable sequel after the underdog proved so popular. Basically, Rocky plans his life with Adrian, including marriage and a child, but finds that he can't support himself in any conventional way. About this time, Apollo Creed feels the need to prove to the world that the first fight wasn't a fluke, so he does everything he can to make a rematch happen. Rocky's heart isn't in it at first, and most of the movie is about how that changes. It's pretty good, very inspiring, and the fight at the end is great.

things to watch for: The big fight. They don't make 'em like they used to (15 rounds.)

acting: Stallone (still before his super-ripped days) again does a good job as a fighter who turns into a family man yet can't give up what he is. Carl Weathers is believable as an egotistical (but with good reason) champion. Talia Shire is less geeky but still plays a pivotal role as the one who changes Rocky's life. Burgess Meredith is fun as the crusty old trainer.

final word: Good sequel, and good boxing drama.

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