Sunday, 22 May 2011

Rocky - REVIEW

Film of the Day #88/ 300

Written in three days by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky is an old-fashioned fairytale brilliantly revamped to chime in with the depressed mood of the nineteen- seventies. Winner of best picture in 1976, Sly’s underdog-hero set the standard for future American Dream movies. Seeing Rocky is a cinematic experience filled with emotion, intense passion and heart. The film’s possession of realism, superb dialogue and a phenomenal music score by Bill Conti, transformed the face of cinema. However, it is not the action scenes that make Rocky so effective. Rocky isn’t about the story, it’s about a hero. Sylvester Stallone’s performance as the Italian Stallion is sheer magic. Rocky is an authentic and touching portrait of a loser who becomes a winner in the things that matter. This is Sly’s movie as he slugs his way through a heartfelt performance and delivers some cracking punches, both literally and emotionally. It’s sometimes hard to remember what a great film Rocky is because its reputation has been hurt by too many unnecessary sequels, but watch it again and you soon realise why you felt so inspired and touched by Stallone’s classic masterpiece.