Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Rocky Balboa (2006)


Former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) steps out of retirement and back into the ring, pitting himself against a new rival decades after his initial glory. When a computer simulated boxing match declares Rocky Balboa the victor over current champion Mason "The Line" Dixon, the legendary fighter's passion and spirit are reignited. But when his desire to fight in small, regional competitions is trumped by promoters calling for a rematch of the cyber-fight, Balboa must weigh the mental and physical risks of a high profile exhibition match against his need to be in the ring.

As apposse to what many people would think about this movie when they see the title or the cover, is that its gonna be yet another one of those fight movies. Well, its more than just that. The movie concentrates more on the reflection of life, than the fight itself. Shows you how positive a person can be despite the many obstacles that you come across in life. I think a lot of people can manage to relate their life experiences from some parts of the movie. Go pick it up and have a watch in your free time. =)
Here are the 2 main highlights of the movie for me. Have a read of their dialogue. It's a bit of a long read, but i guarantee you won't regret it. The most important parts are highlighted in blue. =)
The first scene is when Rocky is sending Marie home, and he's unsure of what he wants.
The 2nd scene is between Rocky and his son.
*this part is specially dedicated to Lisha*

Rocky: I didn't think this was going to come along

Marie: But this is what you wanted right?

Rocky: You know I talk and I talk, and sometimes I think what I'm saying is true, and then... y'know, I look at myself, and I'm not even sure what is true anymore! Coz' like I push this crazy idea about fighting... i mean, what's it all about? Do I really care about standing toe to toe and all that stuff, or...or like my kid says, its just like, ego? Or am I like this old pub who's just trying to replace old paint with new paint? I don't know... I-I don't know.

Marie: Look, I know i usually don't say a lot... and I'm always listening, and looking and... but... y'know, who you are, y'know, the part of you thats so full of life... i mean... we all have that feeling, that fire, but usually never get a chance to use it, and then it just goes away.

But you can! You've got this oppurtunity, so do it! Why not! I mean, this is who you are. This is who you'll always be. And you don't move aside for nobody until you're ready to move. And it doesn't matter how it looks to other people, all that matters is how it looks to you.
Rocky... Rocky, look at me.
How... it looks... to you.
And if this is something that you wanna do, and if this is something that gotta do, then you do it!
Fighters fight.

Robert: So you nervous about the fight?

Rocky: Scared to death

Robert: You don't look scared

Rocky: I ain't supposed to

Robert: Then you don't have to do it.

Rocky: Yeah, well I think I do.

Robert: Y'know, living with you hasn't been easy. People see me, but they think of you. Now with all this going on, it is gonna be worse than ever.

Rocky: It don't have to be.

Robert: No, sure it does!

Rocky: Why? You got a lot going on kid.

Robert: What? My last name? Thats the reason I got a decent job. Thats the reason why people deal with me in the first place! Now I start to get a little ahead, I start to get a little something for myself, and this happens. Now I'm asking you, as a favor, not to go through with this okay? This is only gonna end up bad for you, and its gonna end up bad for me.

Rocky: You think I'm hurting you?

Robert: Yeah, in a way you are.

Rocky: Thats the last thing I ever wanted to do.

Robert: I know thats not what you wanna do, but thats just the way that it is. Don't you care what people think? Doesn't it bother you, that people are making you out to be a joke, and then I'm gonna be included in that? Do you think thats right? DO YOU?

Rocky: You ain't gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here. I'd hold you up, to say to your mother, "this kid's gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid's gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew".

And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you everyday, it was like a privillege. Then the time come for you to be your own man, and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you're no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a big shadow.

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. Its a very mean and nasty place. And I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life... but it ain't about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward... how much you can take, and keep moving forward. Thats how winning is done.

Now if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth, but you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Corwards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that!

I'm always gonna love you no matter what... no matter what happens. You're my son, you're my blood. You're the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life.



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