Sunday, April 28, 2013
The series may have gotten away from Stallone and everyone involved. Stallone may have gotten away from himself (though the last in the series is actually pretty good and is based on the idea of Rocky and Stallone coming back to their roots), but this first flick was better than I remember. I watched it tonight with my oldest son visiting from the Berkshires and we both were struck with how really moving this flick is.
Stallone made a lot of tough choices with the screenplay, especially the counterpoint of sentiment and raw, almost exaggerated, disappointment. Heightened realism you might say. It worked, and still does. A treat to watch.