What I loved about each film is the memorable music that’s been used since the first Rocky film in 1976. A wave of nostalgic feelings moved through my heart when I heard the iconic training music “Gonna Fly Now” and the quiet piano that, to me, is the love theme for Rocky and Adrian. So even though 30 to 40 years had passed since this music was first heard it elevates the experience of the latest stories and characters being shown.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
The sports drama, Rocky Balboa, is the sixth chapter in the story of boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) now in his mid-fifties and returning to the ring one last time. This highly entertaining film has many life lessons about keeping your heart and passion alive no matter what age you are and to stay resilient despite losing the people you love. See: movie trailer
See: Rocky speech to his son
The sports drama, Creed, is about Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, who finds Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to help train him to fight professionally. This engaging story brings back the Rocky legend while at the same time introduces us to a new character with his own strengths and challenges to deal with. See: movie trailer
One of the amazing factors about this film is the long takes that follow the characters and action in one continuous shot. One example is Creed’s first professional boxing match that lasts an entire two-rounds. There was no post-production stitching used to connect a series of takes together. Also Stallone gives a stellar performance that won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
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