"Rocky" is the first movie of a franchise that many people love and adore, go on youtube or look at the user reviews next to you and see how much people love them, in a nutshell the appeal is timeless.
Though i have never been the biggest fan of the franchise, i am for the first time currently watching the movies with a friend, and even though i don't adore these movies like many other people do, i can see why they are so highly regarded.
Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote the script), stars as Rocky Balboa, an underground boxer who consistently wins yet earns litlle money, residing in a rundown Philadelphia town.
Heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) decides to give one underdog a shot at the title, choosing Rocky because of his nickname "The Itallion Stallion", Rocky who initially thanks yet refuses the offer, inevitably accepts.
While training with Paulie (Burt Young) who works at a meat-factory and allows Rocky to train in the freezer, and boxing coach Mickey (a brilliant performance from Burgess Meredith) Rocky also tries to form a relationship with Paulie's ultra-shy sister Adrian (Talia Shire of Connie Corleone fame).
There on we see more of Rocky just interacting with the dark, gritty street-life and of course having the famous montage scene where Rocky triumphantly runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and raises his arms up high.
Obviously we get to the fight and does it really matter if Rocky wins or not?, we have gotten to know and love the character so well either way you'l be cheering his name.
Stallone really had a heart for this film, and obviously has done a very good job on making Rocky such an interesting likable character. John G. Avildsen has also shot the film very well to capture the street-life and the boxing match.
Bill Conti's music has obviously passed into the stuff of legend, one thing i love about the Rocky films is that every one has a different era or form of rock, as well as having very well orchestrated peices giving bleak views of life (listen to "Philadelphia Morning" you'll understand what i mean).
Final Verdict: Brilliant Acting, a bit of a predictable script but nevertheless a film full of heart, Rocky is the best underdog story of All-Time, and who doesn't love an underdog?