Rocky is the quintessential underdog movie that has stood the test of time thanks to its great script, iconic music, and fantastic acting from Stallone and company. The classic story about a down-on-his-luck boxer who gets a shot at the big-time is semi-autobiographical of Stallone's struggles in Hollywood and how he refused to sell his script unless he could play Rocky, becoming a self-made movie star! His acting as a stereotypical, Italian bruiser-type is a little grating at first, but he slips comfortably into the role and you definitely root for him as the film goes on. The supporting cast is exceptional with great work from Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young, and of course: Carl Weathers as Rocky's opponent, Apollo Creed! Rocky's humble beginnings as an enforcer for a mobster was something I didn't expect and it adds a great level of drama to the character as he's struggling to become a better person and be more than just a meat-head. Also to be noted is the iconic theme for Rocky, Flying High Now that jacks you up and makes you feel like you could take on the world! To my surprise, I actually wasn't right about the film's conclusion, thinking I knew how it ended and it was a welcome surprise to be shocked by such a famous movie's ending after all of my preconceptions. This truly is a classic and much like the unforgettable scene of Rocky reaching the top of the steps, the film was a complete triumph and won three oscars including best picture, which was well-deserved! Do yourself a favour, and don't wait as long as I did to watch this outstanding film.