Before we get into this one, I would like to make a few notes about this poster I found. Just look at that!! That doesn’t look ANYTHING like Sylvester Stallone!! What the fuck?? I also like how Apollo isn’t even wearing boxing gloves. What is this shit? Put up your dukes! Put up your dukes! I said put em up!! LOL Ridiculous.
Well… I guess if you make a movie for under a million and it grosses over 100 mil, and wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards, you better grease out a quick sequel right? And – you better make it pretty much the same. If it’s fun once it’s fun again, right? Well – I remember seeing this in the theater with my mom (too) and we had the same reaction. Heartbreak, sadness, inspiration – I mean watching Rocky in the hospital reading to his comatose wife is really sad and when she comes out of it and tells him to “go win” – I mean how can you not be moved by that. Or when he finally catches that fucking chicken??? Or when gets up as the bell rings?? I mean – you CAN’T not like that. But in the end, it’s just the same as the first. Complete with the inspirational run down the streets and up those steps, this time with hundreds of kids running behind him. I don’t see how anyone CAN’T like it. But… it is the same story…. Firing up in the closing minutes of the first fight, this sees our two contenders being whipped up and sent to the hospital. Creed is pissed and, even though in the after-fight hug in the first one he said “there’s no rematch, there’s no rematch….” an hour or so later he’s sitting in a wheelchair screaming to Rock that “Rocky’s a chump and a fraud and he wants a damn rematch!” This sets off a series of melodrama in which Rocky talks A WHOLE FUCKING LOT. Instead of the ice skating scene from the first one we get a big dramatic scene at a Zoo. We also see Rocky trying to adjust to life outside of boxing: failing to do TV ads, failing to drive his new Trans-Am well, wearing a dumb jacket. We also see them get married and, sorry this pic is so small but this was all I could find, we get something hilarious out of the first two movies. After his wedding, his old loan shark boss pulls him to the side. The conversation goes something like this:
LOAN SHARK: Hey Rock! How much did you make after the fight?
ROCKY: About 37,000 (he was actually paid 100,000)
LS: The government takes it’s share, don’t they?
ROCKY: Yeah, I guess so.
LS: Say, how about you invest that money with me. In some condominiums.
ROCKY: Condo… Condo? Con?
ROCKY (whispers): I don’t use em…. I don’t want to go off sounding like I don’t like this movie – I do – I love it – but it’s the same thing as the first. If you read what I wrote about ROCKY – you know I love it. I love love love love it. This one is good too… it’s just….. the same thing…..