Rocky II Reviews
The thing is, Rocky I was not an action movie, but brilliant drama about a "nobody", that conquered everyone's hearts by being a simple, but warm hearted man. In R2 the dude just seems retarded and so do his friends. The script is full of all kinds of "funny" one liners and drama development copied from R1, but guess what: Not working anymore.
Actually. If you watch all the Rocky movies in a row, you start to believe Stallone wrote the first one by accident. It's so different from the others. I'm not saying he should have his friend John G "Karate Kid" Avildsen direct again, 'cause Rocky 5 is probably worst movie on the planet, but let's face it: Stallone ain't no Charlie Chaplin.
Highlights? Probably the only carracters that somehow manage to maintain their credibility are Mickey and Apollo. Few of Mickey's one liners are actually pretty funny. ("Eat thunder and crap lightning" & "Speed is what we need. We need more speed!").
Montage, music score and "THE" fight are pretty much the same. Stallone, as a good business man, knows what sells. That ain't no comfort, though.
Rocky II is a failure.
Mickey (Burgess Meredith): Who were you expecting?
Rocky Balboa (Stallone): I was hoping he wouldn't show
As good as this sequel was, like many sequels, it cannot surpass the first film (at least in my humble opinion). I mean don't get wrong, it had as good as boxing match between Rocky and Apollo as the first one but the first one had so much heart and the relationship between Adrian and Rocky has moved onto a more comfortable romance rather than the kind that makes your heart skip a beat. The sequel's event is more formula driven rather than organic like the first one. Now with that said, this film was still a pretty entertaining story of the ultimate underdog that everyone can get behind and Stallone's honest and raw portrayal of Rocky just makes him as endearing as the first time we fell in-love with the character from the first film.