USA / English
"His whole life was a million-to-one shot."A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
70's trashy fairytale story
Stallone is just perfect as Rocky, a "bum" who gets a shot at the
Heavyweight title in Boxing.
What works perfectly here is the era in which this film was made. I
seriously doubt that had this movie been made a decade later it would
be half as charming. It's got that glorious 70's trashy style
film-making and setting which made films like Midnight Cowboy or even
Five Easy Pieces so appealing to begin with. The characters here feel
real and authentic, and most of all, completely human. Nothing
spectacular about them, more or less lowlifes who wouldn't arouse any
interest in other people than social workers perhaps.
The script by Stallone is exceptionally good and completely deserved
the Oscar. Rocky is a treasure of a character and Stallone plays him to
perfection, really should have picked up an Oscar for that as well.
This is basically a fairytale story in a different setting and almost
feels very real.