Okay, I just finished watching the newest instalment to the Rocky Balboa movies. I have heard a lot of great things about this movie as compared to the last one, so I thought I would give it a try.
Although it is much better than the last one, which by the way was so bad that Italians didn't even go and see it! I have to say that this one had me a bit puzzled. First, it's pretty sad. No Adrienne! You only hear one YO ADRIENNE in the whole movie, to me it isn't a Rocky movie without that wonderful term with his drawl and half his face falling off. It does re-visit some people from the first movie which was fun, but that is part of the confusion which I will get to in a second. Second, why is that Rocky tends to be smarter in this movie? He uses words such as minuscule and geographical, what the f*** is that about? He has no slur and no real accent, it isn't Rocky, it's a Mid West bum who owns a restaurant. Paulie left something to be desired. Although he had a couple of moments that were pure Paulie, for the most part you hardly saw or heard him.
Rocky and his son have obvious issues, but even when they make up there is nothing, no real emotion between them. yes, Rocky tells him off at one point then suddenly his son walks away comes back and gets it, you never really hear how their relationship was affected when Adrienne died of "woman cancer" as he puts it. The fight itself was okay I guess. The way they shot it was cool, like a real tv fight, but there was no real heart in it, no nail bitting as we all did when Rocky fought Apollo, or even Mr. T for that matter. There is no winner because it's an "exhibition" match, not much drama there. I guess he just wanted to prove an old man could last 10 rounds.
The one thing I can't get is this relationship with Little Marie and her son. Now for those of you that haven't seen this movie, and I am sorry if I ruin this complex plot, but in the first movie if you recall pretty close to the beginning there was a little girl that Rocky walked home, she was smoking, swearing, and he gave her a "talk" she tells him to "screw off", well a lot of good it did her, she ends up tending bar. the only amusing part in the movie is when Rocky sees her son, who is mixed race, she says his father was Jamaican, Rocky says, "O a European"
Now suddenly Little Marie is his best friend, he befriends the son but develops no real relationship with him within the movie. They pick out a dog and then poof the kid is ring side with him. HUH? Marie seems to have a crush but you never really know. I was dumbfounded by the whole relationship. the night before the big fight she gives him a picture of Adrienne then gives him a sweet kiss but their relationship is never defined. I don't know maybe I am missing something? The saddest part about all of this is that it is now 3:30 am and I am trying to breakdown and figure out the meaning of a f***ing Rocky movie!!! I need help!...Goodnight Gracie