Yes, this is the first time I've ever seen any of the Rocky films. I'm actually surprised that, despite how popular this film is and how many lines I recognized from it, I didn't know exactly how it was going to end. The movie is certainly a powerful underdog story. I like the idea of the every-man facing a foe who is way out of his league. But that's basically the last act of this film. Prior to that there is a lot of time spent setting up Rocky as a character. Sylvester Stallone is probably the perfect actor to play this guy who is really rough around the edges that needs a lot work to become the man he is at the end. I loved Carl Weathers as the Muhammad Ali type, and they did some good things to show the contrast of his preparation for the fight versus Rocky's. The relationship with Adrian is obviously of vital importance for Rocky as a character, so I kind of rolled with it, even though that's the kind of stuff I usually find unnecessary in sports movies. The makeup effects were effective and authentic when they were getting bruised and battered in the boxing ring. I'm not as confident about the actual boxing itself. It was very hit-and-miss...literally. Occasionally it was way too obvious that the punches were not connecting, which takes me out of the film a little bit. I was also a little surprised how bland the training sequences seemed. Considering how that run up the steps has become one of the most iconic moments in movie history, I thought I'd be more pumped up but I wasn't feeling it. Despite all my minor complaints I still enjoyed most aspects of the movie, but my biggest struggle was actually with the character Paulie. His presence in the film was an irritant at best, and I didn't think they gave him anything of value to do in the plot. This was not the fault of Burt Young, but the character just did nothing for me. Yet the movie is definitely a good David-and-Goliath story, and I can see how people formed nostalgic attachments to it. I doubt it will ever be something I latch onto, and it's unlikely I'll dig deeper into the franchise, but finally marking this legendary film off my list-of-shame felt good.