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A Return for Rocky's Reputation,
This review is from: Rocky Balboa [DVD]  (DVD)
When we thought it was long gone, Stallone sought the green light for the production, three years ago after a continous run of poor performances in poor films to see if he could give Rocky his final touch and end the series, the way it should be (not the hacked on ending for Rocky V).
Now Rocky finds himself back at square one, but with a little bit of money which he used to fund his restaurant which he runs, named after his wife, Adrian. Time, unfortunely hasn't been kind to Rocky, who after losing his wife to Ovarian cancer, has lost his greatest support in life. After getting critised for his once famous career, he seeks the tension of the ring, to show not only disgrunnted and controversial heavyweight champion, Mason "The Line" Dixon and his critics, how a real champion wins his fans.........
Rocky Balboa wasn't supposed to work, it could have been a disgraced stumbling Rocky proving he still has it, when he doesn't which could have happened. However, it succeeds, how Rocky regains his inner strengths and willingless to leave his mark on his all-time love affair, boxing which in his life is all that's important to him. A slow, built film, like the comparison to his original work, has little attention to the fight, but more how he copes with grief, sadness, hostality, his growing but emotionally scared friendship again with Paulie and how a special person makes him understand he needs to do this for himself in order to leave it behind where it belongs. Rocky Balboa also shows us why the sequels pulled the franchise down and tore apart the basic forumale, it is to remind people doing your best is good enough for you and you alone. However, the sequels made Rocky ever more determined to keep fighting and he kept winning, for what exactly - the fame and money.
Rocky Balboa is a surprise, but a perfect example of how hard work earns so much more than greasy money.