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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rocky II vs. Logic

I am introducing my son to the Rocky series of films (as one does).  The first remains just awesome in every way, but that second film has some insane film logic as though in writing the film, the screenwriter completely forgot what the characters did the scene before...

  • Apollo challenges Rocky to a rematch, but Rocky has an eye injury so he retires.
  • Apollo calls Rocky names so Rocky says I will fight again, but Adrian doesn't approve. Apparently Rocky never heard of "sticks and stones...
  • Because of Adrian, Rocky doesn't really train. Because what better way to demonstrate your manhood to Apollo and make your wife happy then by going into the ring and suffering a debilitating injury in the first round.
  • Then Adrian goes into a coma, comes out of the coma and tells Rocky he should fight.  Comas apparently help people come to irrational decisions.
  • Rocky trains really hard and works on his speed.  We know this because he can catch a chicken.  Mickey tells us how fast he is.
  • Rematch arrives and is 14 rounds of Rocky getting pummeled because he is not fast.  Exactly the opposite of the thing Mickey told us he was.
To sum up: Rocky won't fight, he will fight, Adrian doesn't want him to fight, he totally should fight, Rocky needs to train to become fast, he is not fast at all. And I won't even get into the brilliant "fight right-handed for 14 rounds while getting beaten to within an inch of your life, then switch to southpaw when you can barely stand and immediately win the match" strategy.

So this film is basically a whole lot of filler that means nothing just so we can get to the fight.  Nostalgia had me remembering Rocky II as okay.  But this is a BAD film.

4 comments:

  1. When I watched all the Rocky movies again, the one that stood out as worse than I remembered was Rocky II. It moves slowly and has a strange narrative logic to it despite having a down-to-earth look like the original. Catching the chicken was the difference in winning the title, right? Only Rocky V is worse.

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    1. That seems right. It's a film that kills time but can only have one outcome. Once he has lost in the first film, he can only win in the sequel. It just would have been nice if anything he did before the match actually, you know, mattered.

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  2. I'm working my way through the Rocky films with my kids as well. II is the last one we watched. I wouldn't consider II to be BAD...but yeah, it does have a few head scratchers.

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    1. I loved Rocky II growing up. Revisiting it shocked me to my core about just how bad I thought it was. It's not Rocky V, but it's definitely the second worst of the series for me.

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